What’s the big fracking deal? Toxic spills.

September 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

UpdatedUpdate II.

While the natural gas industry maintains that stronger regulations aren't needed, its track record continues to prove otherwise.

On Tuesday, the Wayne Independent reported that three "substantial" toxic spills by a fracker have occurred in less than one week in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania.

Another violation of trust. Two PA fracking spills of who knows what.

September 18, 2009 • Alan Septoff

More proof that the FRAC Act is, contrary to industry claims, quite necessary.

 

Can we trust the frackers to set the limits? 160 organizations say “NO”.

September 18, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee held the second of two hearings on Chairman Nick Rahall's bill H.R. 3534, the "Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act", which contains a number of modest reforms to the federal government's oil and gas programs.

The oil and gas industry, all too predictably, can be expected to fire back that any reform directed at their business is unnecessary, prohibitively costly to this multi-billion dollar industry, and could severely limit our nation's gas supplies.

Utah needs federal mercury regulations for gold mines

September 15, 2009 • Bonnie Gestring

A recent U.S. Geological Survey revealed pervasive mercury contamination in nearly 300 streams nationwide. While national attention has focused primarily on establishing mercury pollution limits for coal-fired power plants, another major source of mercury pollution to our Western waters has been largely overlooked: gold mining.

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FRAC Act a necessary step. Or, “trust us” just doesn’t cut it.

September 14, 2009 • Bruce Baizel

The drilling industry argues that state regulations, and industry self-policing, are adequate to protect our drinking water from hydraulic fracturing. Experience shows us otherwise.

Take a Stand against the Chuitna coal mine proposal

September 3, 2009 • Morey Burnham

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.

USGS study find mercury every fish. Mining more at fault in western U.S.

August 27, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The U.S. Geological Survey tested approximately 1,000 fish from streams around the country between 1998 and 2005.  Mercury was found in all of them, and at dangerous levels in 25% of them.

 

BBC in-depth radio show on gold

August 26, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Part 1:  the history of gold and its cultural importance

Part 2: life in the TauTona South African gold mine

Part 3: how we assess the value of gold, and its cost (including No Dirty Gold campaign interview with our own Scott Cardiff)