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An Unhappy Birthday for the 1872 Mining Law

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…
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by: Alan Septoff – May 17, 2016

Good News for a Change: It’s Looking Like the Pebble Mine May Never Be Built

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. Photo by Emma ForsbergBristol Bay's salmon fishery is the…
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by: Alan Septoff – April 2, 2014

This Valentine’s Day, Say NO to Dirty Gold

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.…
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by: Alan Septoff – February 12, 2014


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