An Alaskan fisherman thanks jewelers for speaking out on Bristol Bay

November 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

In the November 19th Anchorage Daily News, Alaskan fisherman Ben Blakey congratulated jewelers who have signed the Bristol Bay Protection pledge.

Pennsylvania communities sue frackers for toxic pollution

November 23, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Propublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports  that Pennsylvania residents are suing Cabot Oil and Gas -- the company responsible for multiple spills associated with their Marcellus Shale drilling near Dimock, PA.  They seek to stop future drilling and to establish a trust fund to cover medical expenses for those harmed by Cabot's operations.

Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile, Ultra jewelers say no to dirty gold.

November 21, 2009 • Alan Septoff

This week Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile and Ultra Stores signed the No Dirty Gold campaign's "Golden Rules" for more responsible mining.

This brings the total number of jewelry retail signatories up to 60. Altogether, these jewelry retailers represent over $1.3 billion in annual US jewelry sales, or nearly a quarter of the total.

Drilling industry executive admits that oversupply, not regulations, responsible for decreased drilling

November 5, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The drilling industry claims, over and over, that rules that better protect landowners, public health and the environment reduce the industry's willingness to drill.

It's a canard, of course.

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