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President Obama Selects REI Executive Sally Jewell as Next Interior Secretary

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By Aaron Mintzes

February 6, 2013

Today, President Obama announced his choice to replace Ken Salazar as Secretary of Interior. The President picked Sally Jewell, the current head of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). REI is a well-known retail outfitter based in Seattle, Washington. The President had a number of excellent options available to him and we salute the selection of Ms. Jewell. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Jewell will face a number of critical decisions related to the competing interests of expanding oil and gas development on public lands while preserving those lands for future generations.

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The Haile Gold Mine, the Loopholes, the Permitting, and the Push Eastward

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By Aaron Mintzes

January 17, 2013

The Haile Mine near Kershaw, South Carolina first struck gold in 1827. Back then, the Carolinas lead the nation in gold mining until California’s 1849 Gold Rush drove our Manifest Destiny westward. Since then, most hardrock mining has occurred in the Mountain West where large tracts of public land allow mining companies to remove America’s precious metals for free under the 1872 mining law.

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Tagged with: mining reform, clean water act, loopholes, permitting, 1872, haile

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