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EARTHnotes: end of the year edition

EARTHnotes: end of the year edition

Published: December 28, 2009

By: Alan Septoff

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2009: Not all bad. No, really!

2010: Looking to be even better

Dear Supporter,

The price of gold is at record highs, and drilling has expanded beyond the Rocky Mountain gas patch to much of the rest of the country thanks to the exploitation of shale gas deposits. So despite the recession, mining, digging, and drilling continues apace. And irresponsible miners, diggers, and drillers are still out there.

However, some excellent things have occurred this year when it comes to protecting communities and the environment. As 2009 draws to a close, we thought we'd share some reasons for holiday cheer... if you live in a community, or an environment.

And as you read through this list of accomplishments, kind reader, know that as an EARTHWORKS supporter, you helped make them happen.

Slowly but surely, resource extraction is getting cleaner

Photo: Tim Ruggiero
Photo: Tim Ruggiero

People are becoming more aware of the consequences of irresponsible mining, digging, and drilling

January 2009 National Geographic Magazine cover

America's greatest natural treasure is protected

Photo: National Park Service
Photo: National Park Service

Along with our partners, EARTHWORKS helped Congress pass an emergency withdrawal of lands around Grand Canyon National Park. This is crucial because the number of mining claims within 5 miles of the park boundary increased 100 fold over the past 5 years.

In July 2009, newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar finally acted on this resolution and established a moratorium on claim staking around the Park to allow for more environmental review.

2010 will be even better -- with your help

We are optimistic that 2010 will see greater progress in protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mining, digging, and drilling. Working together we'll make it happen.

Please support EARTHWORKS in our fight to protect communities and the environment. Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution. You know your money will be well spent: you know our track record, plus we're BBB-accredited, and 4-star certified by Charity Navigator.

Happy holidays from all of us at EARTHWORKS,
Alan, Bonnie, Bruce, Cathy, Gwen, Jennifer, Jim, Kim, Lauren, Morey, Payal and Scott

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