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North Dakota’s fracking destruction is unnecessary

By Don Morrison

October 20, 2015

The chaotic destruction of productive farmland, beautiful badlands and people’s lives in North Dakota to exact oil is unnecessary. The oil could be extracted without destroying the place in the process.

State officials have allowed the oil industry to produce a product before the industry made sure it had transportation, disposal of its radioactive waste, safety, housing, law enforcement and most other infrastructure available. Now, to fix their poor planning, they want you and me to take the risk for their contamination, exploding trains, and other problems.

The impacts of this fast-as-possible oil extraction reaches across North America.

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Tagged with: fracking, north dakota, bakken, dakota resource council


The Dangers of Deep Sea Mining

By Shreema Mehta

September 28, 2015

For the mining industry, technological advances have made the world’s oceans the new frontier. Both companies and governments have started exploration and even tout deep-sea mining as a safer alternative to the problems caused by mineral extraction. But they do so in the absence of any scientific consensus on the long-term impacts of deep-sea mining.

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Tagged with: papua new guinea, deep sea, png, nautilus, seabed, solwara


New Gold King Mine Response Bill to Address Immediate Needs of Communities

By Aaron Mintzes

September 24, 2015

This week, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Henrich (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) introduced The Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act of 2015. This is rapid response legislation. The bill ensures that those who suffered losses from the August 5 Gold King mine toxic waste spill quickly receive the compensation they deserve.

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Tagged with: heinrich, animas river, udall, gold king, 1872 reform, lujan, bennet


Tell the EPA to Protect Our Air from Fracking Pollution

By Alan Septoff

September 15, 2015

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules to cut air pollution from oil and gas development -- including fracking.

The proposal will limit toxic air pollution like benzene, and the climate air pollutant methane. It initially applies to modified and new facilities.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, methane


As Congress Investigates the Cause of the Animas Spill, the Solution Hides in Plain Sight.

By Aaron Mintzes

September 10, 2015

Yesterday, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held the first of four scheduled Congressional hearings pointing blame at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Gold King mine disaster. According to media reports, on August 5, EPA contractors attempting to relieve water levels and remove debris from the Gold King mine, accidently sprang a leak releasing 3 million gallons of sulfuric acid laden water in to a tributary of the Animas River near Durango, Colorado. In fact, for years leading up to the August 5 disaster, Gold King continuously released roughly the same amount of acid mine drainage each week. To help alleviate this problem, in 2009, Colorado state regulators used the mine owner’s forfeiture bond to install a flume to divert the discharge. This band aid-like patch served mainly as a temporary “fix” to delay the inevitable. According to EPA’s own internal investigation, a disaster like this was waiting to happen.

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Tagged with: 1872, animas, gold king, hr 963


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