Mining rider would gut bedrock environmental law

July 19, 2018 • Mark Squillace
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the granddaddy of federal environmental law. It requires federal agencies to look before they leap into a decision that could harm our environment. This simple but essential process is threatened by a rider… More »

New threats against Peruvian land defender Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

July 10, 2018 • Ellen Moore
We have been informed by the Chaupe family that on the morning of July 9th, unknown people illegally entered the Chaupe family’s property in Tragadero Grande, Cajamarca, Peru. The individuals took notes and left, refusing to identify themselves to the… More »

Can Mining Certification Benefit Communities, Workers and the Environment?

July 6, 2018 • Payal Sampat
Last week, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released its new Standard for Responsible Mining — an effort by civil society and industry to collectively define best practices for mining operations. If well-implemented, the IRMA standard can provide us… More »

When it comes to Pebble Mine: No Means No

June 28, 2018 • Bonnie Gestring
That’s the message to Northern Dynasty Minerals in a full-page Ad today in the Vancouver Sun, as this small Canadian company and its shareholders gather for its annual meeting.  The message from Alaska’s Bristol Bay is clear: “We will never… More »

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For 2 global miners, ‘profitable production’ has meant devastation

June 27, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Partners in Pollution Since 2000, the Batu Hijau copper-gold mine on Sumbawa Island in Indonesia has dumped 720 million tonnes of toxic tailings into the Senunu Bay in the Indian Ocean. Until 2016, the mine was majority owned and operated… More »

Spreading Oil & Gas “Brine” Waste On PA Roads Halted… For Now

June 18, 2018 • Melissa Troutman
For someone who doesn’t have an email account, Siri Lawson gets a lot done. In fact, she accomplishes more than most people who do use email. After observing the use of oil and gas “brine” on her local roads and… More »

Organizations call out U.S. support for embattled Tahoe Resources

June 13, 2018 • Ellen Moore
On July 5th, 2017 the Guatemalan Supreme Court ordered the provisional suspension of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine over failure to consult with indigenous Xinka people. Later that same month, Tahoe began a lobbying campaign to pressure Guatemalan authorities, including… More »

New Critical Minerals Threat Emerges in Defense Bill Negotiations

June 11, 2018 • Lauren Pagel
Two weeks ago, the House passed a national defense funding bill with a nasty rider completely unrelated to the security of our country: if it becomes law, any proposal to dig up a “critical” mineral would enjoy an expedited permitting… More »