Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Wells: A Threat to Drinking Water

January 1, 2002 • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council outlining the threats to drinking water posed by hydraulic fracturing; and legislative solutions to minimize the threat.

Preserving our Public Lands

January 1, 2002 • Thomas Darin and Travis Stills

This guide provides concerned citizens and activists with the tools they need to influence key public land decisions concerning oil and gas development on our national forests and on Bureau of Land Management lands.

Norton Mining Rule

December 1, 2001

On Thursday, October 25th, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton announced that the Bureau of Land Management would revoke the strong 3809 environmental mining rule first published in November 2000, and replace it with much weaker regulations. On Tuesday, October 30th, 2001, the BLM published the new, weak rule in the Federal Register. In doing so, Secretary Norton ignored 97% of public comments, turning her back on Western communities and the environment.

An Alternative Look at a Proposed Mine In Tambogrande, Peru

August 15, 2001 • Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

Projected impacts of the mine could be severe. Construction of the mine would require the relocation of an estimated 8,000 inhabitants of a total population of between 14,000 and 16,000 people and the diversion of a local river.

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Una Mirada Alternativa a la Propuesta de Miner a en Tambogrande, Per

August 15, 2001 • Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

Los impactos que se proyectan por la explotaci n de la mina son graves. La construcci n de la mina requerir la reubicaci n de aproximadamente 8.000 habitantes de una poblaci n de entre 14.000 a 16.000 personas y la desviaci n del cauce de un r o.

MPC News — summer 2001

July 1, 2001

Millsite Claims

February 1, 2001

The 1872 Mining Law is an antiquated relic of a law that does not adequately protect taxpayers or the environment from the impacts associated with mining, especially modern mining.

The New 3809 Regulations

February 1, 2001

On November 21st, 2000, the Bureau of Land Management published updated surface mining regulations that govern hardrock mining, and its environmental impacts, on the publicly owned lands managed by BLM. At 12 AM on January 20th, 2001, hours before George W. Bush was inaugurated, the rule went into effect. Efforts by the Bush administration to obstruct last minute regulations did not block the mining rule.