Senators Introduce Sweeping Mining Reform Bill

By Aaron Mintzes

November 17, 2015

Last week, Senators Udall, Bennet, Heinrich, Markey, and Wyden introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015 (1872 reform). Pegged as the solution to preventing future Animas River disasters, this legislation will reform the antiquated General Mining Law of 1872 and bring the hardrock mining industry in to the 21st century.

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Tagged with: royalty, 1872, tom udall, patenting, reclamation fee

Brazil Mine Spill: Enough is Enough

By Shreema Mehta

November 10, 2015

Yet another mine failure has caused yet another spill — this time with fatalities.

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Tagged with: tailings, bhp billiton, mine waste, brazil, mount polley, vale

EPA Requires Natural Gas Processing Plants to Report Toxic Releases

By Aaron Mintzes

November 9, 2015

On October 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they will propose to add natural gas processing plants to the list of facilities that must report their toxic emissions to the public. This decision came as a result of a lawsuit Earthworks joined and filed by our friends at the Environmental Integrity Project and other organizations.

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Tagged with: fracking, natural gas, tri, toxic release inventory

The short memory of Pennsylvania’s fracking regulators

By Nadia Steinzor

October 28, 2015

The phrase “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is often used when talking about war or major social conflicts. But last week, John Quigley, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), seemed to be committing the same mistake.

In commenting to a reporter about water supply problems in the Woodlands area of Butler County, Quigley said,  “I don't think it would be a productive use of my time to review how the agency handled certain cases…I'm much more interested in ongoing instances of pollution of the waterways of the commonwealth.” 

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection

North Dakota’s fracking destruction is unnecessary

By Don Morrison

October 20, 2015

The chaotic destruction of productive farmland, beautiful badlands and people’s lives in North Dakota to exact oil is unnecessary. The oil could be extracted without destroying the place in the process.

State officials have allowed the oil industry to produce a product before the industry made sure it had transportation, disposal of its radioactive waste, safety, housing, law enforcement and most other infrastructure available. Now, to fix their poor planning, they want you and me to take the risk for their contamination, exploding trains, and other problems.

The impacts of this fast-as-possible oil extraction reaches across North America.

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Tagged with: fracking, north dakota, bakken, dakota resource council

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