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We Stand with the People of El Salvador

By Hilary Lewis

November 13, 2012

Yesterday I helped deliver a letter to the Canadian Embassy here in Washington, DC, about the lawsuit against the Central American country of El Salvador, by Pacific Rim Mining Corporation. The letter was coordinated by the Institute for Policy Studies and signed by Friends of the Earth, Center for International Environmental Law, Public Citizen, Sierra Club Greenpeace, Earth Island Institute and Foundation Earth (along with Earthworks).

Pacific Rim is a Canadian mining company exploring for gold in the mineral rich mountains of El Salvador. It is no surprise to geologists that Pacific Rim believes they can strike it rich there. Billions of dollars rich.

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Re: the 112th Congress…the worst is over

By Aaron Mintzes

November 9, 2012

Our friends at the League of Conservation Voters produce annual scorecards rating Members of Congress on their environmental voting records. The latest edition declared the 112th House of Representatives as the most anti-environmental House in the history of the nation. It all started with HR 1, a budget bill laced with a buffet of pro-pollution appropriations riders. Americans already know about the party of “No”. A Senate that set the record for most filibusters ever preceded this worst House.

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An open letter to President Obama on energy

By Jennifer Krill

November 8, 2012

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations again on your reelection.   After our discussion yesterday regarding mining, today I’ve got some wisdom for you on energy.

It is clear from your victory speech that you support more drilling in unconventional oil and gas deposits across the country like the Marcellus Shale that underlies significant portions of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Mr. President, the country cannot afford to continue to ‘drill baby drill’. Here are three reasons why:

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An Open Letter to President Obama on Mining

By Jennifer Krill

November 7, 2012

Dear Mr President -

Congratulations on your reelection.

Now that the fluff and the fury of the campaign is past, it’s time to buckle down and make the real decisions that are going to determine whether our country moves forward to a more sustainable future.  Don’t despair though, Mr. President.  We are here to help.  

Sustainability -- making decisions today that leave us as at least as well off tomorrow -- is inextricably intertwined with how we use (or don’t use) our natural resources.  And that means energy, and mining.  I’ll cover mining today, and energy tomorrow.

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Dancing with the data in the Pennsylvania gas patch

By Bruce Baizel

November 5, 2012

A string of recent reports and papers have brought to the forefront the value of having publicly accessible, complete and accurate information about gas development. 

First, there was the Duke University team that found apparent migration of substantial amounts of methane from gas wells to private water wells as far out as 1000m in the Marcellus play in Pennsylvania.

 

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