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)

Commemorative Brands Honors Bristol Bay, Alaska

August 26, 2009 • Scott Cardiff

Class rings company Commemorative Brands has joined 14 other major jewelers in supporting protection of Bristol Bay from mining threats.  That's right, another important voice against the Pebble mine!

My mother told me there’d be days like these…

August 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Ignoring the requests of tens of thousands in the U.S. and Canada -- and the demands of a rapidly warming planet -- yesterday the U.S. State Department approved the Alberta Clipper dirty oil sands pipeline.

EPA distributes Pavillion drinking water contamination report

August 25, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Late last night, we finally received the public release of the EPA's investigation into alleged drinking water contamination by hydraulic fracturing toxics in Pavillion, Wyoming.

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Well, Frack! EPA Water Investigation in Rural Wyoming Strikes a Nerve with the Oil and Gas Industry

August 25, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Some Pavillion, Wyoming landowners have water that smells and tastes like gasoline.  It s cloudy, and particles float in it.  It didn t used to be this way.

News of note: 8/19/09

August 19, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Quote of the day:

West Virginia is rich in oil and gas, but poor in its number of oil and gas regulators. There are 50,000 active oil and gas wells in West Virginia but only 16 state inspectors. -- from Wetzl county residents face drilling concerns

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Snowbird Owner Threatens Own Resort, All Skiing, With Alaska Coal Mine Proposal

August 19, 2009 • Morey Burnham

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.

Should we drill for gas in our state parks?

August 17, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The AP reports today that states, seeking new sources of revenue, are allowing or considering allowing drilling for gas inside state parks. Has it really come to this?