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Just in Time for the Holidays- Three Huge Gifts for the Oil and Gas Industry

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By Aaron Mintzes

November 21, 2013

The House of Representatives this week passed three oil and gas development bills. 

HR 2728, the Promoting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, prevents the Department of Interior’s (DOI) hydraulic fracturing rule from going in to effect. 
HR 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, forces sales of the people’s lands to the oil and gas industry while charging protesters $5,000 for their input. 
HR 1900, the Natural Gas Permitting Reform Act, undercuts local authorities and fast tracks more miles of pipelines through the parks, playgrounds, and backyards of Americans.

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Tagged with: hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, federalism, hr 2728, hr 1900, hr 1965, eminent domain

Fish More Valuable than Copper: The EPA’s Decision on Bristol Bay

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By Aaron Mintzes

November 5, 2013

Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the world’s largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery. Tens of millions of salmon return annually to spawn there where runs of King Salmon and Rainbow Trout comprise an essential part of an Arctic ecosystem alongside caribou, moose, grizzlies, and wolves. In addition to the spectacular wildlife, the Bristol Bay community supports considerable economic activity tied to a sustainable way of life for the Native residents spanning at least 4000 years.

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Tagged with: epa, bristol bay, pebble mine, clean water act, 404c, pebble limited partnership

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