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CSSD illustrates what is wrong with fracking debate

By Jennifer Krill

April 16, 2013

The formation of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) illustrates much that’s wrong with today’s fracking debate.

By attempting to address the need for stronger standards, the effort validates claims that existing state oversight of oil and gas extraction is inadequate to protect impacted communities.

But CSSD also validates local communities’ mistrust of fracking supporters by excluding drilling-impacted communities from the CSSD formation and decision-making structure. The CSSD has publicly launched a plan to certify drilling, but has not publicly disclosed its verification process.

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Cyanide Beach? Movie, popcorn & learn with Earthworks

By Lauren Pagel

April 15, 2013

Join Earthworks and Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) for the D.C. premiere of Cyanide Beach, a short documentary film that exposes the speculators behind the proposed Rosemont copper mine - a poster child for reforming the 1872 Mining Law.

What does a small town in Sardinia, Italy have in common with the pitched battle over the proposed Rosemont copper mine in the scenic Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, Arizona?

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I Call it an Oil Spill

By Hilary Lewis

April 4, 2013

A broken Exxon pipeline spilled more than 12,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil and water en route to the Gulf Coast on Friday, March 29. The spill ran through the neighborhoods of Mayflower, Arkansas, just north of Little Rock, and into nearby wetlands and rivers. 

We know pipelines break.

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Who’s the fool?

By Nadia Steinzor

April 1, 2013

All morning, the news elicited gasps as it circulated around listservs: the safety and applications of fracking fluid will be tested by being used in a high school swimming pool. Just as my mouth was gaping wide, I remembered it’s April 1—but along with relief that this was a joke came the realization that it was possible to believe, just for a minute, that it might not be.

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AZ Federal Court Saves Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining

By Aaron Mintzes

April 1, 2013

In part two of our two part series on Federal court decisions that favored the environment over the interests of hardrock mining, we now turn to the United States District Court of Arizona. Recall in the first installment of this series, a Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco held just two weeks ago that the Endangered Species Act trumps the antiquated General Mining Law of 1872. So, before miners use their suction dredge techniques to destroy the habitat of a protected species, they must first consult with the right government biologists. This week, we look at a case out of Arizona where corporate interests seek to mine the Grand Canyon. Really.

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