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A friend in New York: another delay on fracking

By Nadia Steinzor

February 12, 2013

As the shale gas and oil boom sweeps the nation, most states give into the frenzy and the fantasy of free benefits—and then leave communities bearing the tragic costs when health, air, and water problems inevitably occur. Today, it’s so very heartening to see New York look squarely at reality and make a different choice.

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President Obama Selects REI Executive Sally Jewell as Next Interior Secretary

By Aaron Mintzes

February 6, 2013

Today, President Obama announced his choice to replace Ken Salazar as Secretary of Interior. The President picked Sally Jewell, the current head of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). REI is a well-known retail outfitter based in Seattle, Washington. The President had a number of excellent options available to him and we salute the selection of Ms. Jewell. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Jewell will face a number of critical decisions related to the competing interests of expanding oil and gas development on public lands while preserving those lands for future generations.

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Unique Opportunity to Protect Wild and Scenic Chetco River

By Bonnie Gestring

February 6, 2013

Once in a while an opportunity comes along, where all the pieces come together just at the right moment.  This is that moment for Oregon's Chetco River.  Despite its wild and scenic designation, the Chetco is still vulnerable to mining under the 1872 mining law, which prioritizes mining over all other land uses.

The Forest Service recently released an environmental assessment (EA) that makes it clear that suction dredge mining would threaten the outstanding values for which the area was designated - fisheries, water quality and recreation.  It emphasizes that these values are critical to the local economy, and they can only be protected through a mineral withdrawal. 

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Wrong. A fracking company HAS volunteered to participate in EPA’s study.

By Alan Septoff

January 25, 2013

Sometimes, you are just wrong. Not inaccurate. Not mischaracterized. Just wrong.

Unfortunately for me, that is what I was in describing the fracking industry’s universal unwillingness to participate in prospective testing (before drilling/fracking and after) case studies in the Environmental Protection Agency’s research into the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water sources.

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Energy in Depth shows truth of Promised Land

By Blair Koch

January 22, 2013

It's no surprise the gas industry doesn't care for Focus Feature's new movie Promised Land.

Even prior to it's January 4 nationwide release the drilling industry was planning its attack on the script, written by Matt Damon and co-star John Krasinski and based on a story by Dave Eggers.

In an interview earlier this year journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer tried to cast doubt on the edgy plot twist where Krasinski's character, Dustin Noble, an eco-activist, turns out to be working under cover for the very same company which employees Steve, the landman played by Damon.

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