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The Rubber Hits the Road on US EITI

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By Aaron Mintzes

May 24, 2013

The Extraction Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is catching on. When President Obama announced the United States would join EITI in September of 2011, many hoped the United States would inspire more nations to join. Last week, the President of France, Francois Hollande, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron said they want in just as representatives from nearly 100 nations meet in Sydney over the weekend to discuss the new EITI standard.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, transparency, eiti, government accountability, revenue

AZ Federal Court Saves Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining

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By Aaron Mintzes

April 1, 2013

In part two of our two part series on Federal court decisions that favored the environment over the interests of hardrock mining, we now turn to the United States District Court of Arizona. Recall in the first installment of this series, a Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco held just two weeks ago that the Endangered Species Act trumps the antiquated General Mining Law of 1872. So, before miners use their suction dredge techniques to destroy the habitat of a protected species, they must first consult with the right government biologists. This week, we look at a case out of Arizona where corporate interests seek to mine the Grand Canyon. Really.

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Tagged with: grand canyon, uranium, 1872, mining withdrawal, legislative veto, flpma

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