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The long shadow of a decade of loose enforcement

Boulder Weekly | Elizabeth Miller

August 14, 2014
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Pennsylvania and Colorado may be a nation apart, but they’re side-by-side when it comes to having recently seen explosive increases in oil and gas development, specifically through the use of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations that are often drilled horizontally. Findings from a report from Earthworks — a nonprofit working to protect communities and the environment from the adverse effects of oil and gas development — that examined the oversight and the operational record of wells in Pennsylvania sheds light on the concerns people in Colorado express when it comes to oil and gas development.

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Black Butte Mine aquifer tests move ahead

Bozeman Daily Chronicle | Laura Lundquist

August 7, 2014
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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has given Tintina Resources the go-ahead to dig four new deep wells to test the aquifer near the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine but has added one safety requirement for the project.

Tintina will be drilling to depths of between 200 and 400 feet through mineral deposits that could cause chemicals in the upwelling water to exceed safety limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. In particular, samples from other wells have exceeded EPA limits for arsenic.

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Imperial’s Mount Polley mine shuttered after tailings discharge

Mining Weekly | Henry Lazenby

August 6, 2014

TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – After a tailings dam broke at the Mount Polley mine, discharging about five-million cubic metres of mine waste in the early hours of Monday, operator Imperial Metals on Tuesday said the copper/gold mine had been placed on care and maintenance pending a full investigation.

The TSX-listed firm said the water and tailings discharge had by Tuesday stabilised, with no persons reported missing or injured.

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Hickenlooper seeks to halt oil-gas initiatives

The Coloradoan | Ryan Maye Handy

August 5, 2014
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Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday created a task force to address oil and gas development in Colorado, in an eleventh-hour attempt to foster compromise over the highly divisive topic before it hits the polls in November.

With Congressman Jared Polis by his side, Hickenlooper announced a "blue ribbon" commission of 18 people will be tasked with studying oil and gas development in the state. The plan is for the group to make recommendations to the state Legislature in 2015.

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Colorado Fracking Opponents Losing Local Control Fight

Bloomberg | Bradley Olson and Jennifer Oldham

August 5, 2014
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Colorado’s compromise with drilling opponents has dealt a blow to environmentalists’ expanding battle to give local communities more control to limit fracking.

Governor John Hickenlooper and Representative Jared Polis agreed to a deal that weakened the prospects for two proposed ballot initiatives aimed at restricting oil and gas activity, the two men said at a news conference in Denver yesterday. Polis, who was expected to help finance the campaign for the measures, agreed to withdraw his support after Hickenlooper promised to create a task force to study the industry’s impact on local communities.

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Fracking ban court decision pushes conversation toward constitutional rights

Boulder Weekly | Elizabeth Miller

July 31, 2014

The lawsuit to defend Longmont’s voterapproved fracking ban is moving on from the district court, where a judge issued a summary judgment against it, but a stay against fracking in Longmont while the case is appealed to a higher court. It may become increasingly clear as the case advances that the question at stake pits the oil and gas resources under the town against the basic constitutional rights of those who live in the town to determine their exposure to a risk to human health and environment more than half of the town’s voters have said they don’t want in their back yards. The environmental organizations that have signed on as intervenors aren’t going to be shy about framing the debate in terms of whether the state will really choose profits over people.

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Longmont’s Fracking Ban Tossed as Colorado Vote Looms

Bloomberg | Joel Rosenblatt and Jennifer Oldham

July 25, 2014

A fracking ban in the city of Longmont, Colorado, was thrown out by a judge amid petition drives to hold a statewide vote in November on restricting oil and gas drilling that generate $30 billion a year.

The debate over fracking, in which water, chemicals and sand are injected below ground to extract oil and gas from sand and shale formations, has escalated in Colorado as drilling moves closer to suburbs, raising concerns about water and air contamination. Five communities in the state have voted to ban or put a moratorium on such activity.

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Colo. court strikes down city’s fracking ban

E&E News | Ellen M. Gilmer and Mike Lee

July 25, 2014

A Colorado court yesterday ruled against the city of Longmont in a fight with state and industry officials over whether the city could ban hydraulic fracturing.

The decision could weigh heavily on voters considering potential anti-fracking ballot initiatives in Colorado in November. And the outcome swings the local control pendulum in favor of industry after a series of wins for municipalities in Pennsylvania and New York over the past year (EnergyWire, July 1).

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Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Faults Oversight of Natural Gas Industry

New York Times | Jon Hurdle

July 23, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA — Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have failed to adequately regulate the state’s booming natural gas industry, a state report said, reflecting what critics say is weak oversight of the oil and gas industry at a time when drilling is spreading across the United States.

Pennsylvania’s auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has been unable to keep up with the workload placed on it by a proliferation of shale gas wells in the last five years, and has failed to respond adequately to many public complaints about water and air contamination resulting from gas development.

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Hundreds comment on Black Butte mine proposal

Bozeman Daily Chronicle | Laura Lundquist

July 22, 2014
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For a relatively small project, a mining company's proposal to dig a few test wells generated a significant number of public comments.

By the end of the public comment period on Monday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality received almost 940 comments on Tintina Resources' proposal to dig deep test wells in advance of a possible underground mining operation north of White Sulphur Springs.

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Texas fracking ban voted down by city council despite residents’ support

AlJazeera America | Renee Lewis

July 16, 2014
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Officials in Denton, Texas, voted Wednesday against a bid to make their natural gas-rich city the first in its state to ban fracking, despite more than 100 residents speaking out in favor of the ban at a public hearing that ran long into Tuesday night.

Some locals said the city council’s 5-2 decision against enacting the ban — instead passing it to a November ballot for a city-wide vote — was influenced by industry pressure.

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Denton City Council Rejects Fracking Ban

NBC DFW | Emily Schmalll

July 16, 2014
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The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday morning to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community after eight hours of public testimony.

Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2 at a 3 a.m., sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

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Breaking: Denton City Council Rejects Fracking Ban: Referendum Will Be on November Ballot

DeSmogBlog | Julie Dermansky

July 16, 2014
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The failure of the Denton city council to pass a fracking ban in Denton, Texas, after a meeting that went on for over eight hours last night, was no surprise to Cathy McMullen, Denton resident and president of Denton Drilling Awareness Group.

“The vote was theater,” McMullen told DeSmogBlog.

Councilman Kevin Roden was the only one to call for ban. His motion was not seconded. A motion to deny the ban was approved 5 to 2, followed by an unanimous vote to put the ban initiative on the next ballot.

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Denton City Council Leaves Fracking Ban Decision to Voters

Texas Observer | Priscila Mosqueda

July 15, 2014
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Update 7:45am: Denton voters will decide the fate of fracking in their city come November after the City Council voted against the fracking ban this morning shortly before 3 a.m.

The Council seemed partial to the ban supporters during the hearing, which lasted eight hours, but in the end no one seconded Councilman Kevin Roden’s motion to pass the ban. The members voted 5-2 for a motion to deny passing the ban, so the initiative will now be on the November ballot. Activists had predicted their City Council would not adopt the citizen-led initiative, but the news was still disappointing and folks took to Twitter to say that industry won once again in Texas. We’ll be watching this come November, so stay tuned.

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Council rejects partial fracking ban

Denton Record Chronicle | Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

July 15, 2014
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The Denton City Council, after hearing more than eight hours of public testimony that lasted until early this morning,  rejected a bid that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Council members voted down the petition 5-2, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

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Texas town’s fracturing ban appears headed for ballot

Houston Chronicle | Rhiannon Meyers

July 14, 2014
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Denton voters, and not the seven-member City Council, probably will decide whether to ban hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas city, officials said Monday.

The issue is scheduled for a public hearing Tuesday in the gas-rich city about 40 miles northwest of downtown Dallas, where some wells are less than 200 feet from residential areas.

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No Dirty Gold campaign draws another major convert

Mineweb | Dorothy Kosich

July 3, 2014
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BJ’s Wholesale Club, with 202 locations in 15 eastern U.S. states has endorsed Washington D.C.-based environmental NGO Earthworks No Dirty Gold’s Golden Rules.

The No Dirty Gold campaign asks jewelry retailers to pledge to source only from mines who meet the Golden Rules criteria.

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Sitting On a Gold Mine: How Fairtrade Gold Mining in Tanzania Is Set to Change the Jewelry Sector

CSR Newswire | Marc Choyt

June 25, 2014
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In early May, I visited small-scale gold miners in Tanzania who are seeking fair trade certification.

On site, I met with colleagues in from England and Fair Trade Africa, who have been working hard over the past two years to build an understanding of fairtrade* standards and principals with the miners on site. The purpose of the visit was also to bring jewelers and miners together to discuss what was needed to bring fairtrade African gold to market.

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Proof

Ft. Worth Weekly | Peter Gorman

June 25, 2014
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A geologist who has spent years studying the effects of natural gas drilling on water sources said last week that he has “no doubt” that Range Resources gas drilling activity has contaminated the Trinity Aquifer, ruining several water wells in Parker County — but not due to leaks from the gas wells themselves.

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Scientists: Fracking Linked to Groundwater Contamination

EcoWatch

June 9, 2014
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Last week a Texas TV station broke the news that new independent scientific analysis refutes the claim by the oil and gas industry that “there’s never been a confirmed case of fracking polluting drinking water.”

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Jewelry gets eco-friendly

Poughkeepsie Journal | Karen Shan

June 8, 2014
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David Walton buys goods made in America. He bicycles to destinations when possible and eats a vegetarian diet.

Plus, Walton, a designer and crafter of fine jewelry and owner/goldsmith of Hudson Valley Goldsmith in New Paltz, uses recycled precious metals, reclaimed stones and conflict-free gems in the design and fabrication of his bracelets, necklaces and rings.

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Cracks in the Frack Wall

Ft. Worth Weekly | Sharon Wilson and Cathy McMullen

May 28, 2014
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If it’s a blessing to live in interesting times, those of us affected by the fracking debate — that is, all Texans — are well and truly blessed right about now.

Within the past month, North Texas has seen:

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California Oil Deposit Is Far Smaller Than Predicted

Wall Street Journal | Russel Gold

May 21, 2014
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The U.S. government slashed its estimate of how much crude oil could be extracted from California's Monterey Shale, confirming widespread industry suspicion that developing the massive resource would be difficult.

The Energy Information Administration said there are 600 million barrels of technically recoverable oil, down 96% from its estimate a year ago of 13.7 billion barrels.

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Illegal Dumping of Texas Frack Waste Caught on Video

InsideClimate News | David Hasemyer

May 19, 2014
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Under the cover of early-morning darkness in South Texas last March, a tanker truck ferrying fluids from an oil and gas drilling site rumbled down a country road spewing its toxic load all over the place.

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PA. Dems Fight to Prove they can Milk Fracking for all it’s Worth

AlJazeera America | Peter Moskowitz

May 16, 2014

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Lycoming County looks like a lot of the rest of Pennsylvania: Pothole-marked roads snake through mountains and farmland, leading to little one-street towns that often contain little more than a coffee shop, a bank, a gas station and a bar.

But ever since companies like Anadarko, EXCO Resources, XTO Energy and Range Resources came to town, everyday life has had a little more buzz around here.

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Texas Mayor Appeals for Fracking Data after Earthquakes Jolt Town

AlJazeera America | Renee Lewis

May 13, 2014
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The state agency responsible for regulating the oil and gas industry in Texas has requested that fracking companies report data related to wastewater disposal wells daily — instead of yearly — after hundreds of earthquakes hit an area with no history of seismic activity, said the mayor of a small Texas town on Tuesday.

At least 300 small earthquakes have hit North Texas — home to the heavily drilled Barnett Shale region — since January, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) data. Critics say the state has acted too slowly in investigating the unusual seismic activity and its possible links to fracking activities.

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As Denton Voters Come Out Against Fracking, City Council Passes Surprise Temporary Fracking Ban

Dallas Observer | Amy Silverstein

May 9, 2014
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After the Denton City Council had its butt handed to it in court by oil company EagleRidge last Fall, Denton civic leaders decided to pretty much stop fighting EagleRidge altogether and let it drill close to a few residential neighborhoods. Residents complained, but the city said it had no choice, blaming it on the state law and its bias toward oil companies.

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Peru’s Conga Mine Conflict: Cajamarca Won’t Capitulate

Upsidedown World | Lynda Sullivan

May 1, 2014
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The fight over the Conga mining project is one of Peru’s largest current social conflicts.   Today, the local population continues resisting the imposition of one of Latin America`s largest gold mining projects – Minas Conga. The situation remains tense, and the resistance continues, but with an intensified sense of urgency because as the battles are won and lost, many feel that the conflict is nearing its conclusion.

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Are lab-grown gems the key to a sustainable diamond trade?

The Guardian | Leigh Stringer

April 29, 2014
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Long a staple of the industrial diamond industry, laboratory-created diamonds only represent about 2% of the jewelry market. Increasingly, however, they are becoming a force to be reckoned with: some producers have achieved "type IIa" quality, the purest form produced in nature. Only 2% of the global production of mined diamonds qualify for this rating.

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Texas: When fracking comes to town

AlJazeera America | Alex Halperin

April 27, 2014
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Barnett Shale Fracking Victims Win First Round in Court Battle With Gas Industry

DeSmogBlog | Julie Dermansky

April 27, 2014
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Legal tremors are reverberating in the Barnett Shale region in Texas after yesterday's $2.925 million dollar verdict in favor of the plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Aruba Petroleum for damages to their health and the devaluation of their home in afracking nuisance case.

Earthworks energy program director Bruce Baizel stated in a press release that the jury’s decision is important for two reasons:

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Time To Update the 1872 Mining Law?

Jefferson Public Radio | Liam Moriarty

April 27, 2014
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The federal legislation that regulates mining for copper, zinc, gold and many other minerals was originally signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. In ways, the law reflects a 19th century view of natural resources: limitless and there for the taking.

Now, a legacy of pollution at tens of thousands of abandoned mines across the West is prompting an Oregon Congressmember to head a new effort to revise the General Mining Act of 1872.

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A golden opportunity

Corporate Knights | Stephanie Boyd

April 27, 2014
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Raul Chavez has spent nearly 30 years toiling for gold in the parched rocky hills of Peru’s southern desert highlands. He is small, muscular and deeply bronzed from years of tough physical labour under the hot sun, but he laughs and jokes about the hardships of his early years as a miner.

In the 1980s, thousands of indigenous peasants like Chavez were forced to leave their homes and farms because of Peru’s civil war, coupled with an agricultural crisis and job shortages. Some of these internal refugees set up shop in abandoned mines, or areas where gold had already been discovered. Their equipment was rudimentary and conditions were precarious.

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Fracking: In apparent first, family gets courtroom victory in health case

Christian Science Monitor | Gloria Goodale

April 24, 2014
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In what is being hailed as a landmark victory for opponents of hydraulic fracturing, a Texas family has won a $2.95 million verdict against a Plano oil and gas firm.

Robert and Lisa Parr and their daughter claimed that airborne toxins from the 22 wells run by Aruba Petroleum near their 40-acre Decatur ranch affected their health and poisoned their livestock and drinking water. The process that the firm used, also known as fracking, involves water and chemicals being injected deep underground to release natural gas trapped in rock formations.

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Plano company loses $3 million verdict in Wise County fracking case

Dallas Morning News | James Osborne

April 23, 2014
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A Wise County couple has been awarded $3 million by a Dallas jury in their suit against a Plano gas drilling company.

Bob and Lisa Parr sued Aruba Petroleum of Plano in 2011, claiming spills and emissions from the company’s hydraulic fracturing operations had contaminated their 40-acre ranch in Decatur. They argued the pollution made them sick, as well as their pets and livestock. At times they were forced to evacuate the property, they said.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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