Educating Nadia — EARTHWORKS’ new Marcellus organizer

April 23, 2010 • Nadia Steinzor

The bottle boasted water from "Endless Mountain," a place far away from "the contaminants of air and surface pollution." This should have made me feel good about drinking it except that it was given to me by a Dimock, PA resident whose tap water was contaminated after natural gas drilling came to town. For that, and the resulting weekly delivery of bottled water, she has Cabot Oil & Gas to thank.

Toby Pomeroy: Bristol Bay is a jewel in our safekeeping

April 14, 2010 • Toby Pomeroy

Toby Pomeroy's craft-jewelry studio is a signer of the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge and the No Dirty Gold campaign's Golden Rules.  In this guest blog post, he explains why he signed the pledge.

I signed on to the Bristol Bay pledge as an action to express my commitment that we must, as responsible members of the family of man, act consistently with the restoration and preservation of the bounty we have inherited so that our children's children can marvel at the same wonders that have been here millennia before us. 

Zales and Other Jewelry Retailers Say No to Pebble

April 13, 2010 • Scott Cardiff

The retail giant Zales and a number of other jewelry companies have added to the growing opposition to mining in the Bristol Bay watershed and the planned Pebble mine.  They have signed the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge and so stated their opposition to the copper-gold mine that would threaten one of the best salmon fisheries in the world.  The local communities in Alaska don't want the Pebble mine, and these jewelers are supporting the rights of the communities to protect their livelihoods.

Jewelry report card update: more jewelers get a higher grade

April 2, 2010 • Alan Septoff

Last month, we told you about the release of Tarnished Gold: assessing the jewelry industry's progress on ethical sourcing of metalsIn essence, Tarnished Gold is a report card that evaluates the progress jewelers have made in pursuit of cleaner sources of precious metals.

Some jewelers saw the first report and realized they needed to do more, and tell us more about what they were already doing. So they sent us additional information and assurance about their efforts.

Yesterday we issued an updated report, which notes further advances by four large jewelers and a dozen smaller companies. Eleven small jewelry companies now deserve an "A" rating for their efforts.

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EPA Acts to Protect Appalachia from Mining Waste – now we Need the EPA to Protect the rest of America Too!

April 1, 2010 • Jennifer Krill

In a stunning development today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new guidance designed to protect Appalachian streams from mountaintop removal mining, by taking an important step to prevent the removed mountaintops from being dumped into streams and valleys. This is great news for Appalachia, and EARTHWORKS congratulates our allies for their hard work in bringing this issue to the forefront of the EPA s attention, and we also applaud Lisa Jackson and her team at the EPA for recognizing the importance of protecting clean water.

No Fooling: Obama continues Bush-era mining giveaways

April 1, 2010 • Lauren Pagel

The Obama administration defending bad Bush-era mining policies? I wish that I could add an "April Fools!" after that statement, but unfortunately, it's true.

In addition to opening up vast areas of our coastline to offshore oil drilling yesterday, the Obama administration also decided to allow unlimited amounts of our nation's public lands to be used as waste dumps for the mining industry.