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Important New York Times Op-Ed: Bring 1872 Mining Law Into 21st Century

By Bonnie Gestring

January 13, 2012

The science is in: the antiquated 1872 Mining Law, “has outlived its purpose and its environmental consequences have been severe.”

In a terrific op-ed in the New York Times, fisheries scientists Carol Ann Woody and Robert Hughes, express their deep concern about the impact mining has had on the nation’s dwindling fisheries and the inadequacy of the 1872 Mining Law to regulate modern mining.

With stunning facts and figures, the two scientists describe the tremendous toll to our nation’s rivers and streams, native fish, and public lands, and highlight the risk to important native fish populations in Oregon's Chetco Wild and Scenic River and Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, chetco river, rock creek mine, kensington mine, fisheries scientists, montanore mine, zortman landusky mine


A new day begins for fracking in the Empire State

By Nadia Steinzor

January 12, 2012

It’s meant to be encouraging to say that every night brings a new dawn. But today, officials with New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) probably wished they could stay in bed, safely hidden by darkness. Instead, as the public comment period on the guidelines for developing natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale ended, they awoke to confront an astounding number of letters (early estimate: 40,000) and reams of supporting documentation—all awaiting their review and analysis.

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Tagged with: fracking, marcellus shale, new york, health and toxics, public comments, sgeis


SEC delays conflict mineral rules as human rights abuses continue

By Nick Magel

January 12, 2012

There are varied definitions for conflict minerals. I usually define conflict minerals as minerals that are mined and used to influence and finance armed conflict, human rights abuses, and violence. 

I also like Global Witness’ definition of “conflict resources” as “natural resources whose systematic exploitation and trade in a context of conflict contribute to, benefit from or result in the commission of serious violations of human rights, violations of international humanitarian law or violations amounting to crimes under international law”.

Two years ago this term “conflict minerals” hit the US business community with a thud. See, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act had a small section, section 1502, that mandated companies fully understand their supply-chain and report whether or not they were using conflict minerals - in this case tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold - from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The definition used for this law is a specific one and only looks at conflict associated with minerals in the regions of eastern DRC.

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Tagged with: gold, dirty gold, international, conflict minerals, sec, congo, dodd-frank, corporate accountability, drc


Obama Administration Finalizes Million Acre Ban on Mining Near Grand Canyon

By Lauren Pagel

January 9, 2012

Today I sat in an auditorium in the National Geographic building here in DC and watched Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar sign an administrative withdrawal to protect over 1 million acres of public lands around the Grand Canyon from new mining for 20 years. This action is the culmination of nearly 4 years of effort by a broad coalition to protect this sensitive ecosystem from uranium mining.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, uranium mining, grand canyon, arizona, obama, secretary salazar


Chesapeake Energy executive tells conflicting stories about Oklahoma gas well blowout

By Sharon Wilson

January 8, 2012

A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig working in Oklahoma hit a shallow pocket of gas on Thursday causing a blowout which burned the rig to the ground. Jim Gipson, Director - Media Relations for Chesapeake, told the media one story but told a concerned Denton citizen a completely different story. Both stories can't be true.

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Tagged with: fracking, chesapeake


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