No More Mine Waste Spills in 2016

By Shreema Mehta

January 20, 2016

Last year, some of the world’s largest mining companies failed to control the massive dams in which they store the toxic waste that’s left over when minerals such as gold are extracted from ore. The result was spills that polluted rivers in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. 2016 must be the year that the world responds to the growing threat of toxic tailings dams — a ticking time bomb that has in fact, gone off several times last year.

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Obama Pauses New Coal Leases on Public Lands

By Aaron Mintzes

January 19, 2016

Fresh off his State of the Union promise, the President’s Department of Interior (DOI) announced today a pause on new coal leasing while they make necessary updates to our coal leasing system.

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Tagged with: climate change, methane, coal, keep it in the ground, king

More solar, fewer blue flames, safer communities, better climate

By Jennifer Krill

January 13, 2016

Natural gas is not cleaner than coal.

But thanks to boatloads of advertising and campaign contributions, oil and gas lobbyists has convinced many politicians, including President Obama, that replacing coal with natural gas is a viable way to stave off catastrophic climate change.

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What I Saw in Porter Ranch

By Pete Dronkers

January 12, 2016

It’s early December, and I’m siting in a mega-church packed with more than 500 people. They’re here to listen to an update on the efforts to contain an enormous natural gas blowout that occurred more than a month before. Gas from the leak is being blown by prevailing winds right into their community of Porter Ranch, in Los Angeles County, CA. 

People are mad. 

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Tagged with: natural gas, california, methane, flir, porter ranch, aliso canyon, leak, storage

New Transparency Report Reveals How Much Extractive Industries Pay the Government

By Aaron Mintzes

January 11, 2016

Last month, the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) published its first report. The good news is that the numbers match up well. A multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of industry, government, and civil society representatives decides which revenue streams the report will include. The Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) unilaterally disclosed all 2013 payments received from companies on public lands and waters. Unfortunately, only a disappointing 12% of eligible companies agreed to have their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) corporate income tax payments reconciled.

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