Inside the Bakken

By Deborah Thomas

July 30, 2015

North Dakota’s Bakken oil field is one of the most active fracking sites in the U.S. It's so big, you can see the flares burning from outer space.

Most people will never visit the Bakken. Far removed from major cities, it is difficult to see how it affects all of our lives.

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Tagged with: fracking, north dakota, bakken

Why we’re telling the Responsible Jewellery Council to clean up or shut down

By Shreema Mehta

July 28, 2015

Last week, we blogged about a Peruvian news investigation that linked American and European companies to illegal and destructive gold mining in the Amazon rainforest.

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Tagged with: mining, gold, jewelry, responsible jewellery council, certification, amazon

New Critical Minerals Bill up for Senate Consideration

By Aaron Mintzes

July 23, 2015

This week, the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the Chairman’s bill, S. 883, the American Mineral Security Act of 2015. The bill serves a number of noble purposes, yet also creates a worrisome permitting structure that could undermine community rights.

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Tagged with: critical minerals, strategic minerals, rare earth, senate energy and natural resources, s. 883

Rally to Stop Exploding Oil Trains in Baltimore!

By Aaron Mintzes

July 13, 2015

On Wednesday, scores of concerned Baltimore residents gathered in front of City Hall to rally attention to the danger posed by exploding trains carrying crude oil through the heart of our city. Our friends at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Clean Water Action helped organize the event. CSX bomb trains bisect Charm City; the winding route takes these dangerous vehicles by the home stadia of the Ravens and Orioles, Johns Hopkins University, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, City Hall, the Maryland Zoo and many thousands of Baltimore’s citizens.

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Tagged with: local control, oil trains, crude by rail, baltimore

The Jewelry Industry’s Role in Illegal Amazon Destruction

By Shreema Mehta

June 29, 2015

A recently published investigative report by Peruvian investigative news site OjoPúblico traced some of the dirtiest gold  — illegally extracted, mercury processed gold from the Amazon — to large American and European companies — including two certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council, a controversial, industry-exclusive gold and diamonds certification system.

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Tagged with: gold, peru, jewelry, certification, rjc, responsible jewellry council, amazon

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