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Tracing Water Contamination to Fracking

By Aaron Mintzes

November 17, 2011

Yesterday, I attend a hearing hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. The hearing allowed members of Congress and government bureaucrats to discuss concerns about the potential for water contamination from fracking and the right regulatory regime to prevent it.

The specter of contamination arises out of a concern that the high- pressure injection of a mixture of water, sand, and toxic chemicals might migrate in to underground sources of drinking water.

For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undertaking a study of this issue due out in 2014.

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Tell Kay and Jared Jewelers (owned by Signet) to say no to dirty gold from Pebble Mine

By Bonnie Gestring

November 17, 2011

The world's greatest wild salmon fishery - in Alaska's Bristol Bay - is at risk!  And, you can help.

Alaskans are asking Signet, the world's largest jewelry corporation to promise not to use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine - a massive copper gold mine that threatens the world's most valuable wild salmon fishery. Over fifty major jewelers have already promised.

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The gas industry’s sleight of hand: drilling away local rights

By Nadia Steinzor

November 15, 2011

Apparently it’s not enough for the gas industry in Pennsylvania to turn a profit; receive hundreds of new permits a year; have special exemptions from U.S. environmental laws; and be fined for only a tiny fraction of violations committed. According to Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber in the Philadelphia Inquirer, local zoning should also be eliminated for “posing a threat” to the industry.

But Ms. Klaber—along with Governor Corbett in a letter to legislators as they debate bills this week to gut local control in exchange for small drilling revenues—got a basic fact wrong. There is no patchwork of local regulation; the state has set, and will continue to be the entity to set, standards and rules for gas drilling.

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TELL THE NEW MEXICO OIL CONSERVATION COMMISSION: You want full and PUBLIC disclosure of chemicals used in fracking!

By Gwen Lachelt

November 12, 2011

Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project ACTION ALERT

WHAT:

    Next week the New Mexico OCC will consider adopting a new rule requiring the oil and gas industry to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations.

    Industry has proposed a very weak rule.

    We have proposed a rule that would make New Mexico's disclosure one of the best in the nation.

    PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS HEARING and urge the OCC to adopt a strong rule!

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Take 3 minutes: Help Protect Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Chetco River

By Bonnie Gestring

November 11, 2011

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River is legendary for the beauty and clarity of its waters. And, it has whopping salmon and steelhead runs!

Although Congress protected the Chetco in 1988 by adding it to the National Wild and Scenic River System, the 1872 Mining Law gives mining preference over all other values and uses. Now proposals to suction dredge along much of this extroardinary river threatens allt he values the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act seeks to protect.

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