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Forest Service begins Oak Flat environmental review

By Pete Dronkers

May 6, 2016

The passage of the Oak Flat Land Exchange -- that terrible piece of legislation buried within the depths of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act -- was the last major piece of news regarding the proposed Resolution Copper Mine near Superior, Arizona.  This is the mine that would destroy the publicly owned Oak Flat -- the area sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the place used for decades by rock climbers, campers and hikers.  

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Tagged with: mining, oak flat, arizona


Sirens for Mariana, Brazil

By Fabiana Alves

May 6, 2016

Greenpeace has joined the #UmMinutoDeSirene collective to mark the six months passed since the tragedy that killed 19 people, an entire river, and also left a trail of destruction from the state of Minas Gerais to the beaches of Espírito Santo in Brazil.

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Tagged with: mining, tailings, brazil, tailings dam failure


Will Pennsylvania cut oil & gas air pollution?

By Nadia Steinzor

April 28, 2016

Oil and gas field residents ask important questions, such as “Are the wells and facilities polluting the air?” and "Is that why I’m sick?” Unfortunately, industry representatives and some elected officials often give dismissive answers, like “Natural gas is clean” and “There’s only anecdotal evidence of health problems.”

Well, hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and much community air testing later, it’s getting harder to hide an essential fact: oil and gas development causes air (and water) pollution and harms health. Increasingly, there’s also visual evidence, thanks to infrared cameras that make pollution invisible to the naked eye, visible to the world.

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Tagged with: fracking, air pollution, pennsylvania, regulations, methane


Conga No Va! Newmont mothballs Conga mine as Máxima wins Goldman Prize

By Payal Sampat

April 18, 2016

This week we’re celebrating two momentous wins for environmental justice and human rights in Peru.

First, we’re toasting the victory of Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, a subsistence farmer from the Andean highlands of northern Peru, who has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her brave stand against Newmont, the mining company that has tried to evict her from her land to build the giant Conga gold and copper mine.

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Tagged with: mining, peru, newmont, conga, goldman prize, maxima acuna de chaupe, maxima


Victory! No Lawsuit for Norway Mining Activists

By Tina Andersen Vågenes

April 11, 2016

In February, more than 100 people participated in civil disobedience actions to stop test drilling on the Engebø Mountain, near Førdefjord in Western Norway. Over 80 people were arrested and fined a total 100 000 pounds. The three-week action lasted three weeks was in protest of Nordic Mining’s controversial mining project, which would allow 250 million tons of mining tailings to be disposed of in the fjord.

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Tagged with: mining, tailings, protests, norway, fjords


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