On Tuesday the Onondaga county legislature voted to prohibit hydrofracking on county property until more is known about its effects on health and the environment. The legislature also passed on non-binding resolution calling on law makers to pass laws ensuring public protection from the environmental and health risks associated with fracking.
Onondaga county's actions are a promising step for communities dealing with fracking. Current regulations are inadequate, which is why we need to support the FRAC act and stronger state regulations governing the drilliing process.
For More Information:
- As NY mulls hydrofracking regulations, gas companies lease land in CNY watersheds, by Delen Goldberg in the Post-Standard. 12/28/09
- Onondaga County Legislature bans hydrofracking on county property, by Tim Knauss in the Post-Standard. 2/2/10.
- EARTHWORKS hydraulic fracturing page
Richard Bass, along with his partner William H. Hunt, are currently trying to permit the largest coal strip-mine in Alaska s history, the Chuitna Coal Project, along the Chuitna River. The mine would be built directly on top of 11 miles of prime salmon fisheries feeding the Cook Inlet.
Mr. Bass is the owner of the world famous Snowbird ski resort in Utah. Ironically, his proposed mine threatens the very resort in which he takes so much pride. The Chuitna mine would release nearly 54 million pounds of greenhouse gases per year, piling on to man-made global warming -- the boogeyman of ski resorts and all winter sports. In addition, the mine would destroy one of Alaska s most productive salmon fisheries and poses a direct threat to area wildlife.
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Amnesty International has released a report urging the Papua New Guinean Government to investigate forced evictions and police violence associated with the Porgera gold mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Amnesty's report, Undermining Rights: Forced evictions and police brutality around the Porgera gold mine, Papua New Guinea, details the raids on villages that occurred between April- July of 2009, in which at least 130 buildings were burned down and families were forced out of their homes.
As I blogged earlier, Richard Bass, owner of the world-famous Snowbird ski resort, is bankrolling a coal strip mine proposal in the watershed of Alaska's Chuitna River. It would be Alaska's biggest coal mine. The mine could destroy, beyond hope of recovery, one of Alaska s most productive salmon fisheries, damage the watershed, and threaten the livelihoods of local fishermen.
A huge coal strip-mining operation proposed on Alaska s Chuitna River by the owner of the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah has drawn the ire of groups concerned about the mine s contribution to global warming.
Richard Bass, who owns the prominent Utah resort, has partnered with William H. Hunt to form PacRim Coal LLC, which has submitted permit applications to build a coal mine directly on top of 11 miles of prime salmon fisheries feeding the Cook Inlet.