Victory: Mexico Seabed Mining Project Scrapped

By Shreema Mehta

May 13, 2016

Coastal communities living in Baja California Sur, Mexico, achieved a huge victory recently in blocking an offshore mining project -- one of several proposed projects to dredge up minerals from the sea.

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Tagged with: mexico, offshore, deep sea mining, seabed mining, offshore mining, don diego, phosphate, endangered, turtle

An Unhappy Birthday for the 1872 Mining Law

By Alan Septoff

May 11, 2016

May 10th, yesterday, was the 144th birthday of the General Mining Law of 1872.

Some things, like the U.S. Constitution, embody timeless principles. The 1872 Mining Law is not one of those things.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, 1872, 1872 reform

Forest Service begins Oak Flat environmental review

By Pete Dronkers

May 6, 2016

The passage of the Oak Flat Land Exchange -- that terrible piece of legislation buried within the depths of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act -- was the last major piece of news regarding the proposed Resolution Copper Mine near Superior, Arizona.  This is the mine that would destroy the publicly owned Oak Flat -- the area sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the place used for decades by rock climbers, campers and hikers.  

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Tagged with: mining, oak flat, arizona

Sirens for Mariana, Brazil

By Fabiana Alves

May 6, 2016

Greenpeace has joined the #UmMinutoDeSirene collective to mark the six months passed since the tragedy that killed 19 people, an entire river, and also left a trail of destruction from the state of Minas Gerais to the beaches of Espírito Santo in Brazil.

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Tagged with: mining, tailings, brazil, tailings dam failure

Will Pennsylvania cut oil & gas air pollution?

By Nadia Steinzor

April 28, 2016

Oil and gas field residents ask important questions, such as “Are the wells and facilities polluting the air?” and "Is that why I’m sick?” Unfortunately, industry representatives and some elected officials often give dismissive answers, like “Natural gas is clean” and “There’s only anecdotal evidence of health problems.”

Well, hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and much community air testing later, it’s getting harder to hide an essential fact: oil and gas development causes air (and water) pollution and harms health. Increasingly, there’s also visual evidence, thanks to infrared cameras that make pollution invisible to the naked eye, visible to the world.

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Tagged with: fracking, air pollution, pennsylvania, regulations, methane

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