Despite industry claims, we need mining reform

May 17, 2019 • Alan Septoff
(Note: this is my first attempt at using a twitter threadrollup app. Please forgive formatting & linking errors – AS) The #mining industry’s (and their advocates’) arguments against #miningreform proposed by @NRDems & @SenatorTomUdall are built on untruths. @NationalMining, and @CatoInstitute in @thehill, claim that onerous U.S. oversight obstructs #mining investment, never… More »

Congress Toys with Shutting Down the Government. Again.

September 14, 2017 • Alan Septoff
This is the first chance for the 115th Congress, since President Trump’s election, to perform one if its key functions: funding the Government. Americans want their National Parks open, and rely on Congress to pay to maintain them. Congress used to… More »

12 million+ Americans live in the oil & gas threat zone

June 15, 2016 • Alan Septoff

Today, Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks unveiled a suite of tools designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry. For the first time, Americans across the country—from Washington County, PA, to Weld County, CO to Kern County, CA—can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations.

An Unhappy Birthday for the 1872 Mining Law

May 11, 2016 • Alan Septoff

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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Tell the EPA to Protect Our Air from Fracking Pollution

September 15, 2015 • Alan Septoff

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules to cut air pollution from oil and gas development -- including fracking.

The proposal will limit toxic air pollution like benzene, and the climate air pollutant methane. It initially applies to modified and new facilities.

Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for the Fracking Boom

December 4, 2014 • Alan Septoff

You're invited to a briefing exposing the lie of a long-term fracking boom. 

The briefing will include a presentation by David Hughes, the analyst who accurately predicted the 90% downgrade of California’s Monterey Shale.

Good News for a Change: It’s Looking Like the Pebble Mine May Never Be Built

April 2, 2014 • Alan Septoff

EPA action and bipartisan opposition could permanently block proposed mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay

If you’ve eaten wild salmon, chances are good it was caught in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. That’s because Bristol Bay and its watershed is the largest remaining wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

This Valentine’s Day, Say NO to Dirty Gold

February 12, 2014 • Alan Septoff

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whatever your stance on consumerism or manufactured holidays, it’s one of the biggest gift giving days of the year.  Millions of people in the United States and around the world will be expressing their love with gifts.

According to National Jeweler, 20 percent of these gift-givers will be giving jewelry, and they’ll spend $4 billion doing so. Unfortunately, much of this Valentine’s Day jewelry is tarnished with dirty gold that's tarnished by human rights abuses and pollution.