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.

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.

 

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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.