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Communities finally get their day in court to defend Astrolabe Bay (PNG)

By Scott Cardiff

February 9, 2011

The Ramu nickel mine in in Papua New Guinea wants to tear up the land and flush millions of tons of toxic mineral waste directly into the ocean just off-shore in Basamuk/Astrolabe Bay. "Out of sight, out of mind," the companies want people to think of that waste dumping. Well the ocean is not a toilet for the mining companies' toxic waste, and landowners around the coastal area of Papua New Guinea have said "not so fast!"

Several Madang community members, recently joined by an additional 998 landowner plaintiffs, have filed a lawsuit to demand a permanent injunction against the Ramu Nickel project's plan to directly dump mine waste, or tailings, into the ocean. After months of delays, during which the mine built up its project, the government sought to ban lawsuits against mining companies, and mine promoters harassed and scared off the original plaintiffs, the community members finally got their day in court as proceedings began yesterday and continued today.

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Dieselicious! The continuing saga of diesel in our drinking water

By Lauren Pagel

February 9, 2011

Last week, ProPublica reported on the continuing saga of the use and regulation of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing.

Now that a Congressional investigation has revealed that 32 million gallons of diesel fuel were used to frack wells in 19 states between 2005 and 2009, the oil and gas industry is backtracking on their past claims that they were no longer using diesel fuel. In fact, they are changing their tune entirely and saying that not only are they using diesel to fracture oil and gas wells, but that it s perfectly legal for them to do so.

Here on the Energy in Depth website (which is the mouthpiece for much industry rhetoric), it says, in relation to diesel use, the truth is, you won t find any of it in the solutions used during the hydraulic fracturing process...

Lee Fuller, the Executive Director of Energy In-Depth, previously told ProPublica that the use of diesel in hydraulic fracturing would trigger federal oversight by EPA under the SDWA.

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This Thanksgiving time, Indigeneous Peoples discussed rights, food, and water at Forum in Peru

By Scott Cardiff

February 9, 2011

As many around the US gather and consider the meaning of Thanksgiving and the plight of Native Americans today, Indigenous Peoples in much of the world continue to struggle with impacts of destructive mining projects -- including impacts on rights, water supply, and food security.

Just last week here in Lima, Peru, Indigenous Peoples gathered for the Indigenous Peoples Forum on Mining, Climate Change, and Well-being. Indigenous representatives from the Andes, the Amazon, and Central America discussed the impacts of mining and the climate crisis on their rights, culture, society, and the environment. Many reported on the harm mining has caused to their water quality and availability, and to their food sources.

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This Valentine's Day, 54 Jewelers Say NO to Gold From Bristol Bay, Alaska

By Alan Septoff

February 9, 2011

From the press release we sent out today with Nunamta Aulukestai and Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association:

BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA, Feb. 9 -- Valentine's Day is the biggest holiday for sales of gold jewelry in the U.S., and these days, many love-struck sweethearts want to know where their gold comes from. This year leading jewelers, commercial fishermen and Alaska Natives all want to make sure it doesn't come from a monster open-pit mine that would threaten the world's largest wild salmon fishery.

Fifty-four jewelers, representing more than $5.75 billion in annual sales, have pledged not to use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska. The mine, a project of Anglo American PLC of London and Northern Dynasty Minerals of Vancouver, B.C., would be the largest open-pit mine in North America, and generate up to 10 billion tons of toxic waste that would be disposed in the Bristol Bay watershed.

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A wolf in sheep s clothing. Colorado panel denies fracking study bill.

By Gwen Lachelt

February 8, 2011

The drilling industry s newest bill in the Colorado legislature, HB 1172 (which died yesterday in first committee), seems to be just the sort of bill that we would have supported.  And if it were put into law and executed, without prejudice, we would have supported it.  However, the enforcer of this bill is the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). While the commission has new members and a new mandate, we re worried the fox is still guarding the hen house.

In a nutshell, HB 1172 would have required --

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