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Political Battle Lines Blurred By Fracking, Keystone Debates

AP | Nicholas Riccardi

April 19, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.

Some deeply conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the drilling technique that's largely responsible for the boom.

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Smith River depends on our vigilance

Great Falls Tribune | Gloria Flora and Steve Gilbert

April 17, 2014
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First the Blackfoot and now the Smith?

You’d think after the tens of millions we have had to spend cleaning up after mining companies that they’d stop targeting our finest rivers with their experiments.

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EPA methane research welcome, but no substitute for renewables

Earthworks

April 15, 2014

While we encourage the EPA to do everything within its power to stop methane emissions from oil and gas production, that is no substitute for dropping dirty fossil fuels replacing them with truly clean alternatives like conservation and renewable energy.

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Following EPA Action, Rio Tinto Exits Alaska Pebble Mine Project

Circle of Blue | Codi Kozacek

April 11, 2014
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Six weeks after the Obama administration said it would act to protect one of North America’s last wild salmon fisheries in Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the world’s largest mining companiesannounced on Monday that it is withdrawing from the Pebble copper mine development project there. The company, Rio Tinto, also said it was gifting its shares in the project to two Alaska public interest foundations.

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Copper mine project backer drops plans for tunnel

Businessweek | Matt Volz

April 7, 2014
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A mining company dropped plans to dig a mile-long tunnel for a copper development project near the Smith River after two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the proposal, state environmental regulators said Monday.

Tintina Alaska Corp. sent the state Department of Environmental Quality a letter withdrawing its request to amend an exploration license to build the tunnel at the Big Butte Copper Project in central Montana, DEQ spokesman Chris Saeger said.

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Rio Tinto pulls out of polemic mine project

Cordova Times | Margaret Bauman

April 7, 2014
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Global mining giant Rio Tinto is bailing out of the controversial Pebble mine project in Southwest Alaska, and donating its 19.1 percent share in the project to two Alaska charities that support educational programs.

The international mining group said April 7 that a strategic review of Rio Tinto's interest in Northern Dynasty, the Canadian mining firm behind the Pebble project, concluded that the Pebble project does not fit with Rio Tinto's strategy.

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Rio Tinto pulls out of controversial Alaska mine

Salt Lake Tribune | Mike Gorrell

April 7, 2014
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Kennecott’s parent company, Rio Tinto, is pulling out of a proposed copper mine in southwest Alaska that sparked strong opposition because of the environmental harm it could cause in salmon-rich Bristol Bay.

The London-based multinational company announced Monday it will donate its majority interest in the Pebble Project — a 19.1 percent shareholding — to two charitable organizations in Alaska.

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Earthworks applauds Rio Tinto's withdrawal from Pebble Mine proposal in Alaska's Bristol Bay

Earthworks

April 7, 2014

Earthworks applauds Rio Tinto’s decision to withdraw from the Pebble Mine proposal that threatens Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. 

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In another blow to Pebble Mine, Rio Tinto pulls out

Washington Post | Juliet Eilperin

April 7, 2014
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The global mining firm Rio Tinto announced Monday that it will divest its 19 percent stake in the controversialPebble Mine project in Alaska,  donating its shares to two state charities.

The decision is the latest blow to the proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine, which is under federal scrutiny for how it could affect the nearby Bristol Bay watershed, which supports nearly half the world’s sockeye salmon. In late February the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would invoke its authority under the Clean Water Act and consider blocking the mine, effectively halting the project.

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Residents Concerned About ‘Fracking in Our Backyard’

Connection Newspapers | Janelle Germanos

April 3, 2014
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At a town hall meeting in Burke, area residents, along with members of the Great Falls chapter of the Sierra Club, learned about fracking that could take place nearby in the George Washington National Forest.

Dustin Horwitt, a senior analyst at Earthworks, showed the audience the proposal for drilling in the George Washington National Forest, which has led to a number of environmental concerns.

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Congress Calls on EPA to Help Fracking-Affected Communities

Earthworks et. al.

April 1, 2014

Washington D.C., Apr 1 - For the first time, members of Congress today called upon EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to “investigate and address the water contamination” in Dimock, Pennsylvania; Parker County, Texas; and Pavillion, Wyoming. In all three communities, EPA has previously withdrawn investigations into water contamination and stopped providing affected residents with clean drinking water. Eight Representatives, led by Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17), made the request in a letter to Administrator McCarthy.

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Obama’s Methane Emissions Plan Puts Oil, Coal and Gas Industries on Notice

EcoWatch | Brandon Baker

March 28, 2014
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Methane emissions have decreased by 11 percent in the past 24 years, but they could pick back up by 2030 if actions aren’t taken to combat them. That’s why the powerful greenhouse gas is the center of a newly announced strategy by the White House.

Released Friday as a new layer to President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the methane emissions strategy aims to bring economic and health benefits to the country while fighting climate change by removing a gas from the atmosphere that, by the ton, has about 20 times the global warming effect of carbon dioxide.

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Statement of Lauren Pagel Earthworks Policy Director On the Obama Administration’s Methane Strategy

Earthworks

March 28, 2014

"We applaud the White House for taking a first step to curb methane emissions, a climate pollutant that is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The administration must follow Colorado’s lead and require the Environmental Protection Agency to directly regulate methane pollution from hydraulic fracturing and related drilling. The consequences, both globally and locally, are too dire to allow for self regulation. 

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Colorado’s Tough New Drilling Rules Make an Impact in Texas

Inside Climate News | Zahra Hirji, Lisa Song and Jim Morris

March 20, 2014
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DEQ, Tintina sued over exploration permit

Independent Record | Tom Kuglin

March 18, 2014
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Environmental groups filed suit in a Meagher County district court Monday challenging mining exploration near the headwaters of the Smith River.

The Montana Environmental Information Center and Earthworks, represented by Earthjustice, filed the complaint against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Tintina Alaska Exploration Inc. based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. The complaint alleges that DEQ failed to conduct an adequate environmental analysis of the Black Butte Copper Project near Sheep Creek, a tributary of the Smith.

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Conservation Groups File Suit to Protect Montana’s Smith River

Earthworks, Montana Environmental Information Center and Earthjustice

March 17, 2014

HELENA – Proposed mining exploration activities at the headwaters of Montana’s famed Smith River threaten to degrade water and further strain already low stream flows, according to a formal legal complaint filed in Montana District Court.

Conservation advocates, supported by Smith River outfitters, filed the formal complaint on Friday, March 14th against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Tintina Alaska Exploration, Inc., alleging that DEQ failed to conduct an adequate analysis of the many environmental impacts associated with the Black Butte Copper Project, a copper exploration mine proposed by a subsidiary of Canada-based Tintina Resources, Inc.

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Wastewater Injection By Energy Companies Increases Risk Of California Earthquakes: Report

Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart

March 15, 2014
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Many of California's oil industry wastewater injection wells are near recently active fault lines, posing a risk of earthquakes that could damage crucial infrastructure in the state, according to a report by three environmental groups.

The report, released on Thursday, maps the proximity of California's active wastewater disposal wells to the state's fault lines and heavily populated areas, such as Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura counties.

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Fracking ban exceeds signature requirement to get on november ballot

Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks

March 14, 2014

Denton, TX (Mar 14) – Frack Free Denton today announced they have gathered substantially more than the required signatures to put their fracking ban initiative on the November ballot.  Denton City charter requires signatures equal to 25% of votes cast in the most recent general election for an initiative to get on the ballot.

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Will frackers cause California’s next big earthquake?

Grist | John Upton

March 14, 2014
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The Ring of Fire, an earthquake-prone area around the edges of the Pacific Ocean, might not be the best spot for earth-rumbling fracking practices. But fracking is exploding in the ringside state of California, raising fears that the industry could trigger the next “big one.”

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California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

KQED | Craig Miller

March 14, 2014
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This is not exactly a news flash for long-time Californians. But scientists are starting to put more numbers on the inevitability that we all live with.

David Schwartz, U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, told listeners to KQED’s Forum program that there’s a 63 percent chance of a major quake on the San Andreas Fault sometime in the next 22 years.

Apparently that’s not enough to worry about, so Schwartz was joined on the program by John Dvorak, author of “Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault.”

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Fracking Boom Would Increase California’s Earthquake Danger, Report Finds

March 13, 2014

Hundreds of Oil Wastewater Wells Near Active Faults and Major Cities Already Raising Quake Risk for Millions of Californians

SAN FRANCISCO— Oil companies are increasing California’s earthquake risk by injecting billions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater a year into hundreds of disposal wells near active faults around Los Angeles, Bakersfield and other major cities, according to a new report from Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water Action.  

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Pandora’s Box - March 11th, 2014

KSJE | Lyn Patrick

March 11, 2014
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Oil and gas development within the shale deposits in Montezuma and La Plata counties could employ the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice that has been linked to environmental issues in other parts of the U.S. Host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers from Earthworks, a national and local environmental nonprofit that is working on issues related to the potential hazards of fracking in southwest Colorado.

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Shaken and stirred: How Azle in Texas decided enough was enough with fracking

The Independent | Erica Grieder

March 9, 2014
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Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica | Naveena Sadasivam

March 5, 2014
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For years, environmentalists and the gas drilling industry have been in a pitched battle over the possible health implications of hydro fracking. But to a great extent, the debate — as well as the emerging lawsuits and the various proposed regulations in numerous states — has been hampered by a shortage of science.

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Washington, D.C. City Council opposes fracking in George Washington National Forest

Earthworks

March 5, 2014

Council resolution passes due to concerns controversial practice threatens DC water supply

Washington, D.C. -- The DC City Council yesterday passed a resolution opposing hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest due to concerns that such development might contaminate drinking water supplies. The 1.1 million-acre forest, located in Virginia and West Virginia, contains headwaters of the Potomac River, the sole source of drinking water for the nation’s capital.

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Proposed EU law will not keep conflict resources out of Europe, campaigners warn

Earthworks, Global Witness, et al

March 5, 2014

A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies’ mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and falls far short of expectations, campaigners said today.
 
Instead of putting forward robust legislation that would require a wide range of EU-based companies to do checks on their supply chains – known as due diligence – the Commission today announced voluntary measures that will only apply to companies importing processed and unprocessed minerals into the European market. The proposal covers companies involved in the tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold sectors. The campaigners warned that the Commission’s proposal – an opt-in self-certification scheme available to a limited number of companies – is likely to have minimal impact on the way that the majority of European companies source natural resources.

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Feds, miners, Alaska natives: What they’re saying about Pebble Mine

LA Times | Maria L. La Ganga

March 2, 2014
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SEATTLE -- Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun the yearlong process that could lead to halting construction on the controversial Pebble Mine, stakeholders in Alaska’s bountiful Bristol Bay are weighing in.

There is celebration over what could be possible protection for the world’s most productive sockeye salmon fishery. There is wariness about a process that could impede progress on the largest open pit mine in North America.

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EPA Acts to Protect World’s Largest Wild Salmon Fishery from Pebble Mine

Earthworks

February 28, 2014

Dillingham, AK & Washington, D.C.: Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is invoking its Clean Water Act authority to assess permanently prohibiting or restricting mine waste disposal into Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.  This decision puts on hold attempts to build the Pebble Mine, which would be North America’s largest open pit gold-copper mine.

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PEBBLE MINE Action initiated to protect Bristol Bay watershed

Cordova Times | Margaret Bauman

February 28, 2014
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Federal environmental officials on Feb. 28 initiated action under the Clean Water Act to identify appropriate options to protect the Bristol Bay salmon fishery in Southwest Alaska, a move that could potentially halt the Pebble mine.

The announcement came from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, who said that extensive scientific study "has given us ample reason to believe that the Pebble mine would likely have significant and irreversible negative impacts on the Bristol Bay watershed and its abundant salmon fisheries."

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Earthquakes Rattle Texas Towns in the Barnett Shale

DeSmogBlog | Julie Dermansky

February 23, 2014
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Daniel Hogan thought he heard a sonic boom when a magnitude 3.6 earthquake hit Azle, Texas, last November. His home sustained damage — broken windows, cracked walls, damaged plumbing and foundation — but he did not have earthquake insurance to cover the repairs. He never imagined he'd need such protection in Texas.

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Drive seeks to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton city limits

Denton Record Chronicle | Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

February 21, 2014
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Residents streamed into one of the party rooms Thursday night at Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, lining up to buy T-shirts, make donations and sign a petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits.

Organizers said they got about 200 signatures, or one-third of what they need to force an initiative in front of the Denton City Council.

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Denton Residents Propose Fracking Ban

Dallas Observer | Priscila Mosqueda

February 19, 2014
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A group of Denton residents launched an effort Tuesday to outlaw fracking within the city.

If the Denton Drilling Awareness Group succeeds in getting the ban on the ballot and if Dentonites pass the measure in November, Denton will become the first city in Texas to make fracking illegal. Cities in other states have already passed similar laws, but Denton would be the first with existing fracking permits to do so.

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Denton City Council Says It Must Allow Fracking Near Homes, so Homeowners Turn to Voters

Dallas Observer | Amy Silverstein

February 19, 2014
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Last fall, Eagleridge Energy won some permits to frack right next to a few Denton neighborhoods, despite a new city ordinance that was supposed to keep the company farther away. The city said sorry, it was powerless to stop Eagleridge, because the company had found an extremely clever loophole. So now, pissed-off homeowners are responding by basically telling the city "screw you" and trying to kick the company out themselves. Calling themselves the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, a group of homeowners just announced that they're trying to place a total ban on fracking within city limits on the ballot.

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Citizens of Denton, Texas Call For Fracking Ban

Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks

February 18, 2014

Denton, Texas, February 18 – The Denton Drilling Awareness Group (Denton DAG) today announced they are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits.  If approved by voters, Denton would become the first major Texas city to ban fracking, and the first city in the country to ban fracking after permits had been previously granted.

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Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale

Weather Channel | Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

February 18, 2014
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The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is the site of one of the biggest energy booms in America, with oil and gas wells sprouting at an unprecedented rate. But local residents fear for their health - not from the water, but from the air they breathe. Our eight-month investigation reveals the dangers that come with releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air and just how little the government of Texas knows - or wants to know - about it.

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The Environmental Disaster That is the Gold Industry

Smithsonian Magazine | Alastair Bland

February 14, 2014
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A global campaign to boycott what activists are calling “dirty gold” gained its 100th official follower three days before Valentine’s Day.   

The pledge was launched in 2004 by the environmental group Earthworks, which has asked retail companies not to carry gold that was produced through environmentally and socially destructive mining practices. Eight of the ten largest jewelry retailers in the United States have now made the pledge, including Tiffany & Co., Target and Helzberg Diamonds. The No Dirty Gold campaign is anchored in its “golden rules,” a set of criteria encouraging the metal mining industry to respect human rights and the natural environment.

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EPA Issues Final Guidance on Fracking When Injected Fluid Includes Diesel Fuels

Bloomberg BNA | Alan Kovski

February 14, 2014
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Feb. 11 --The Environmental Protection Agency released its final guidanceFeb. 11 on hydraulic fracturing when diesel fuels are included in the fracking fluid for an oil or natural gas well.

The guidance instructs federal and state regulators on the extra layer of permitting that will be needed if a company doesn't avoid using diesel fuels in the fluid. Industry officials have said they can avoid diesel fuels for fracking, but that will depend on how the agency handles the definition of “diesel fuels” in the guidance.

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Ask Umbra: What should I get my sweetie for Valentine’s Day?

Grist | Umbra Fisk

February 13, 2014
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Q. Valentine’s Day seems to have become a sustainability-conscious guy’s minefield. Flowers? Pesticides. Chocolate? Is it Fair Trade? Jewelry? Is it conflict-free? Were the precious metals extracted without wrecking the environment? If I want to give my wife something that she will always have (rather than an experience like a nice dinner out) how can I be sure that a piece of gold jewelry doesn’t bear a heavy environmental burden?

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Wendy Davis’ Opponents Say She’ll Kill Texas’ Oil Boom, but What Does Her Record Say?

Dallas Observer | Amy Silverstein

February 11, 2014
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We know that a Wendy Davis-governed Texas would probably be more into preserving natural resources than a Texas ruled by Greg Abbott, who has sued the EPA a modest 17 times. But in a state famous for its lax environmental regulations, how much tougher would Davis be?

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Valentine’s Day: Go Green, From Dinner to Ringtones

Ecowatch | Nicole D'Alessandro

February 11, 2014
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Bursting with love for a special someone, but don’t want to give in to the marketing surrounding Valentine’s Day and all the disposal gifts that go along with it? Or looking for a unique, nature-inspired way to express your feelings? Then check out some of these tips.

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US EPA issues guidelines for diesel fuel used in fracking fluid

Platts | Jim Magill

February 11, 2014
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In a long-anticipated move, the US Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released guidelines for the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluid.

The guidelines bring the agency into compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the EPA said in a statement. That law, which limited the EPA's authority to regulate fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act's underground injection control program, left the door open for the agency to regulate the use of diesel fuel in fracking.

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New EPA Fracking Diesel Guidance Step in Right Direction

Earthworks

February 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. — Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited guidance (see below for links) describing how the oil and gas industry may use diesel fuel in the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  When it takes effect sometime this year, this will be EPA’s first formal rule or guidance dealing with fracking’s threat to drinking water.  

“Diesel and drinking water don't mix,” said Earthworks executive director Jennifer Krill. She continued, “Even the Cheney-era Congress recognized diesel’s hazard to drinking water.  That’s why, even as they passed the Halliburton loophole to the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress left the door open for this first-ever EPA oversight of fracking’s threat to drinking water.”

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100 jewelers say ‘no’ to dirty gold on Valentine’s Day

Earthworks' No Dirty Gold campaign

February 11, 2014

Feb 11, WASHINGTON, DC – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, over 100 of the world’s leading jewelry retailers– including 8 of the top 10 in the US– have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules.

“Dirty gold just isn’t romantic,” said Payal Sampat of Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold campaign. “Retailers don’t want consumers to associate gold jewelry with polluted rivers and child labor, and they are joining us in calling on the mining industry to clean up its act.”

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Fracking With Diesel Gets EPA Standards Industry Fought

Bloomberg | Mark Drajem

February 11, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency issued measures for using diesel in hydraulic fracturing, setting standards it said could be adopted by states to govern a process that has spurred the boom in natural gas production.

While drillers say diesel has mostly been phased out of the process called fracking, they had sought to block the EPA’s criteria, saying it could lead to greater federal oversight and delays in getting permits. Environmentalists said the standards were long overdue, even as they urged the agency to take another step and ban any use of diesel in fracking.

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Valentine’s Day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Golden Gate Xpress | Madison Rutherford

February 10, 2014
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We’ve heard it all: Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday, a Hallmark holiday, a day created by greeting card and chocolate companies to celebrate something that really should be manifested all year long.

It has suffered the same fate as Christmas; a day buried beneath so much consumerism, that it is no longer associated with its original meaning or purpose. Feb. 14 is a “holiday” that many of us, generally when we have no one to celebrate it with, have pondered the basis of its existence.

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Wells, Well-Being, and Julie Wilson

Ft. Worth Weekly | Jeff Prince

February 5, 2014
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The hiring of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. spokeswoman Julie H. Wilson to lead a health initiative in Fort Worth has many local people astounded and confused –– but certainly not tongue-tied. Wilson’s critics don’t mince words when describing their disdain for the woman who became the face of urban drilling in North Texas for the past seven years.

“Julie Wilson is the sorriest excuse for a human being I’ve ever met,” said Deborah Rogers, a former goat farmer and artisan cheesemaker who clashed with gas drillers in 2009 and later founded the nonprofit Energy Policy Forum, a consulting firm for those battling the industry. “She was a mediocrity who was put in a position of power, and she abused that position egregiously.”

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Congress investigates EPA’s Texas “overreach”, ignores EPA & impacted communities

Earthworks

February 4, 2014

Washington, D.C. & Weatherford, TX – The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on February 5th entitled “Examining the Science of EPA Overreach: A Case Study in Texas.” On the agenda: Region 6’s intervention to protect Parker County residents whose drinking water was polluted by fracking-enabled methane gas development.

In 2012 Senator James Inhofe asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General to investigate Region 6’s intervention. Although the IG released its findings late last year, they were not invited to testify. The IG’s report concluded Region 6 was fully justified in acting to protect area residents from pollution linked to Range Resources’ gas drilling.

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Fracking in George Washington National Forest could threaten D.C. area drinking water

Washington Post | Robert McCartney

February 2, 2014
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The future cleanliness of the Washington region’s drinking water has unexpectedly become a central concern in the national debate over the controversial natural-gas drilling method known as “fracking.”

The gas industry is pushing to allow fracking in the George Washington National Forest, despite fears that it could threaten the cleanliness of the Potomac River. It’s the sole source of drinking water for more than 4 million people in our area.

It’s no surprise that environmental groups are pushing hard to ban fracking in the forest, which includes the Potomac’s headwaters in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Group: Toxic chemical releases going unreported

San Antonio Express-News | Jennifer Hiller

January 30, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO — In the middle of a massive U.S. oil and gas boom, the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project says the release of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals is going unreported in Texas and other states.

The organization, along with more than a dozen environmental and watchdog groups, is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to require sites such as gas plants, compressor stations and tank batteries report to the federal Toxic Release Inventory, which tracks the release or disposal of chemicals that can threaten health or the environment.

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