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An Unhappy Birthday for the 1872 Mining Law – May 17, 2016

Our antiquated hard rock mining law is a hurtful reminder of the worst of 19th century thinking

Some things, like the US Constitution, embody timeless principles. The General Mining Law of 1872, which celebrated its 114th birthday on May 10, is not one of those things. Instead it is a hurtful and embarrassing reminder of the worst of nineteenth-century thinking.

Hurtful because this antiquated law is harming our communities and the environment to this day. Embarrassing because it is still the law of the land for hardrock mining.

Aimus river after acid mine drainage spillPhoto by Mor/FlickrBecause how the mining law is framed, Gold King mine isn’t being held responsible for last year's Animas River acid mine drainage disaster. It's… more

by: Alan Septoff

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Good News for a Change: It’s Looking Like the Pebble Mine May Never Be Built – April 2, 2014

EPA action and bipartisan opposition could permanently block proposed mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay

If you’ve eaten wild salmon, chances are good it was caught in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. That’s because Bristol Bay and its watershed is the largest remaining wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

Bristol bayPhoto by Emma ForsbergBristol Bay's salmon fishery is the economic lifeblood of the region.

For many thousands of years the fishery has supported the ecosystem – including subsistence Native Alaskan communities – that grew around it. But it’s not just wildlife and Native Alaskans that rely on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. It’s also the economic lifeblood of the region. Salmon-dependent commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, and tourism… more

by: Alan Septoff

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This Valentine’s Day, Say NO to Dirty Gold – February 12, 2014

Jewelry buyers are in a powerful position to influence mining industry behavior

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whatever your stance on consumerism or manufactured holidays, it’s one of the biggest gift giving days of the year.  Millions of people in the United States and around the world will be expressing their love with gifts.

gold necklacePhoto by Ian HarleyTwenty percent of Valentine’s Day gift-givers will be giving jewelry, and they’ll spend $4 billion
doing so. Unfortunately, much of this jewelry is tarnished with dirty gold.

According to National Jeweler, 20 percent of these gift-givers will be giving jewelry, and they’ll spend $4 billion doing so. Unfortunately, much of this Valentine’s Day jewelry… more

by: Alan Septoff

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