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

FYI, Midland Reporter-Telegam, fracking isn’t safe

By Sharon Wilson

October 26, 2017

Note: the below letter to the editor was submitted on October 17th but has not been published.

To the editor (of the Midland Reporter-Telegram):

Steve Everley of Texans for Natural Gas in his October 14th oped made some stale, yet still outrageous claims regarding the safety of fracking-enabled oil and gas development.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study referenced by Everley lists hundreds of instances where hydraulic fracturing polluted drinking water.

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Tagged with: fracking, drinking water, non-disclosure agreement

Court Strikes Down Latest Trump Administration Attempt to Delay Oil and Gas Protections

By Aaron Mintzes

October 10, 2017

Last week, a federal judge in California struck down the Trump Administration’s stay of a rule that saves taxpayer money, prevents waste of our minerals, cleans the air, and protects the climate. Earthworks, represented by our friends with the Western Environmental Law Center, joined a coalition of conservation organizations and the states of California and New Mexico, bringing this challenge.

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Tagged with: blm methane, trump adminstration, administrative procedures act, epa methane

Dow Jones Sustainability Index is Unsustainable for Communities

By Ellen Moore

September 25, 2017

Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) recently announced its list evaluating the sustainability performance of the largest 2,500 companies listed on the Dow Jones Stock Market Index. US-based Newmont Mining scored high marks, earning it a spot as one of the world's most sustainable metal mining companies. Given Newmont’s abysmal environmental and human rights track record, this distinction raises the question, “How does DJSI define sustainability?”   

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Tagged with: mining, no dirty gold, peru, newmont, conga, maxima, djsi

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