What President Obama should have said about natural gas.

By Lauren Pagel

November 5, 2010

In the aftermath of the election this week, President Obama made remarks that struck fear in the hearts of communities facing natural gas extraction in their backyards.

"We've got, I think, broad agreement that we've got terrific natural gas resources in this country. Are we doing everything we can to develop those?" was the question President Obama asked.

The question he SHOULD have been asking is (find out after the jump):

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, pavillion, obama, halliburton, dimock

Native Alaskans Respond to UK Mining Giant's Greenwashing Campaign With 'Not Welcome'Ad

By Bill Walker

November 4, 2010

LONDON -- For weeks, Anglo American PLC have been running ads in the Guardian, the Economist and at Heathrow Airport, touting the benefits their mines bring to communities. Alaska Natives from Bristol Bay, where Anglo American proposes to dig the largest open-pit mine in North America, have today replied to this greenwashing by taking out a full-page ad in CityAM with a blunt message to the company.

Much more info, including the full-page ad, after the jump.

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Tagged with: anglo american, our bristol bay, nunamta, ak2uk

Poisoned families: four case studies of the impacts of dirty drilling in the Barnett Shale

By Alan Septoff

November 3, 2010

Sharon Wilson, Texas OGAP Organizer was flown to EPA headquarters in North Carolina to present four case studies of health impacts caused by natural gas extraction in the Barnett Shale. She met with the top rule makers in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards who are working on new rules for the oil and gas industry.

For six years, Sharon has been documenting impacts in the Barnett Shale. The following (after the jump) are four case studies out of hundreds:

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, public health, natural gas, texas ogap, shale gas, bluedaze

Victory for First Nations and Fish Lake, Prosperity Gold Mine is denied approval

By Jennifer Krill

November 3, 2010

A great victory for Indigenous Rights and the environment emerged in Canada this week when the government declined to authorize the Prosperity open-pit gold mine.

Widely criticized for its plan to fill Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) with toxic tailings, the Prosperity Mine has become a symbol of conflict between Canada's free-entry system for mining companies and its commitment to negotiate in good faith with First Nations.

Congratulations to the Tsilhqot'in Nation, whose release is after the jump:

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Tagged with: mining, gold mining, mining reform, miningwatch canada

50 Leading Jewellers Oppose Anglo American s Alaskan Gold Mine

By Bill Walker

November 2, 2010

LONDON, Nov. 2 Fifty of the world s leading jewellers, with more than $5.75 billion in annual sales, say they won t use gold from Anglo American PLC s proposed Pebble Mine, which threatens the world s most important fishing grounds for wild sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

At a news conference today in Bond Street, heart of London's luxury jewelry trade, Nunamta Aulukestai (Caretakers of our Land), an association of nine Alaska Native village corporations in Bristol Bay, and Earthworks announced the latest jewelers to pledge not to use gold from Pebble Mine. The latest signatories include Fraser Hart, a leading UK independent jewellery retailer; Boucheron, a supplier of jewels to the British royal family; and Ingle & Rhode, a custom jeweler specializing in ethically sourced materials. They join Tiffany & Co, Goldsmiths, Mappin and Webb, Beaverbrooks and other leading retailers and designers representing thousands of stores in the UK and worldwide opposed to the project.

In some areas, mining of precious metals presents too great a risk to communities and the environment. Bristol Bay is such an area, said Noel Coyle, CEO of Fraser Hart. We support protection of Bristol Bay from large-scale mining, and will not source gold that comes at the expense of the communities and salmon fisheries of Bristol Bay.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, bristol bay, anglo american, pebble

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