New lawsuit filed against Newmont in Peru over land rights

By Scott Cardiff

March 9, 2011

GRUFIDES, a sustainable development group in Cajamarca, announced yesterday the filing of a new lawsuit against Newmont Mining for taking people's lands when the company and its partner started up the Yanacocha mine in Peru in the mid-1990s. The community of San Andres de Negritos filed the suit yesterday against Newmont and the government of Peru for having taken more than 600 ha of their communal lands to build the mine.

This new lawsuit comes during recent and ongoing formal complaints and protests over a spill of acidic effluent contaminating communities' water supplies. The regional government of Cajamarca even issued a statement condemning the spill and taking note of protests.

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Tagged with: peru, newmont, water, yanacocha, community consent, displacement

Firms Suspend Activities after Arkansas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking

By Jennifer Krill

March 8, 2011

Are Arkansas' earthquakes manmade? While scientists work to determine the cause of over 700 earthquakes in a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Guy Earthquake Swarm, alarms are sounding that the quakes are caused by waste disposal for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas.

Fracking is the process of injecting fluids into oil or gas wells at high pressure in order to fracture the formations and enable the oil or gas to flow more freely and be pumped to the surface. Some of the fracking fluid stays underground, and some of it returns to the surface as waste. Since 2009, natural gas drillers have been pumping fracking wastes, also known as 'produced water' into disposal wells in the region around Guy, Arkansas. Beginning in that same time period, the region began experiencing earthquakes, including last Sunday's quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale. 

The earthquake issue came to a head last week when two natural gas drillers suspended their practice of injecting fracking wastes underground. 

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil and gas, ogap, frac act

ACT NOW: only one more day to help stop "Blood Gold"

By Alan Septoff

March 1, 2011

March 2nd is the deadline for comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the rules it will enact to carry out the Dodd-Frank act.

The SEC has a chance to really reduce how much "Blood Gold" winds up in our jewelry and electronics. Right now, gold mining, especially around the Republicc of Congo finances war, murder and rape.

Learn more, and tell the SEC what you think today at




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Tagged with: sec, congo, blood gold

Gas industry influence on a Wall Street Journal article?

By Lauren Pagel

February 28, 2011

As I sat and watched the Oscars last night, I was disappointed that Gasland didn't win best documentary.

My disappointment turned to outrage when I read that the Wall Street Journal may have removed an oil and gas executive quote from their most recent story on the Gasland Oscar controversy.

According to Josh Fox (Gasland's director) and some of his other friends out in the proverbial gaslands, the WSJ removed this quote from their story:

"We have to stop blaming documentaries and take a look in the mirror,"said Matt Pitzarella, a spokesman for gas producer Range Resources Corp."

(A screen capture of the original story with that quote included can be found here.)

Why would the Wall Street Journal remove this quote?

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Tagged with: hydraulic fracturing, gasland, josh fox, oil and gas industry, fracturing, wall street journal, oscars

New York Times blows open story of natural gas's toxic wastes

By Gwen Lachelt

February 26, 2011

Ian Urbina with the New York Times has written a groundbreaking series exposing the pollution caused by natural gas drilling.

This from the first article in a three-part series:

More than 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater was produced by Pennsylvania wells over the past three years, far more than has been previously disclosed. Most of this water enough to cover Manhattan in three inches was sent to treatment plants not equipped to remove many of the toxic materials in drilling waste. Ian Urbina, New York Times, February 26, 2011

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Tagged with: fracking, drilling, natural gas, drinking water, frac act, safe drinking water act

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