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President Trump Announces New Critical Minerals Order

By Aaron Mintzes

January 18, 2018

On December 20, 2017, the President issued an executive order (EO) pressuring regulators for faster permitting of so-called ‘critical minerals’ mines. This EO cloaks the negative community impacts of mining under a shroud of national security.

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Tagged with: critical minerals, zinke


Earthworks cheers PA move on methane and pushes for DEP and Gov. Wolf to fulfill their promises

By Leann Leiter

December 22, 2017

After years of government promises and public anticipation, Pennsylvania will soon have brand-new rules to reign in future fracking pollution. Last week, I attended the quarterly meeting of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) to witness the exciting announcement. New permit requirements will compel operators of future gas facilities to control methane emissions, both from planned releases and from leaks.

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pollution


Women as change makers in Papua New Guinea

By Immaculate Javia

December 11, 2017

Women around the world have been applauded for breakthroughs in male dominated fronts and for fighting for gender equity. Yet there are others who silently occupy male dominated settings, performing tasks executed by men while also fulfilling their own responsibilities as a woman, as a mother, and as a sister.

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Tagged with: mining, papua new guinea, artisanal and small-scale mining


Mining and Drilling our Monuments: Trump Picks the 1872 Mining Law over the 1906 Antiquities Act

By Aaron Mintzes

December 7, 2017

President Trump announced this week his decision to destroy two national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah. This is part of the largest rollback of protections for treasured public lands in American history. The purpose: a giant giveaway to the oil, gas, and mining industries at the expense of our indigenous peoples, public health, and environment.

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Tagged with: mining, drilling, antiquities act, bears ears, monuments


98% vote against Colombia’s La Colosa mine

By Ellen Moore

November 1, 2017

On March 26th 2017, hundreds of residents of Cajamarca poured into the streets to celebrate the results of a popular referendum on mining. Despite setbacks in the organization of the vote in the rural Colombian town, including death threats against the organizers, 98% of the population voted against the La Colosa mine, an open-pit gold project owned by South African company, AngloGold Ashanti.

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Tagged with: mining, colombia


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