Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile, Ultra jewelers say no to dirty gold.

November 21, 2009 • Alan Septoff

This week Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile and Ultra Stores signed the No Dirty Gold campaign's "Golden Rules" for more responsible mining.

This brings the total number of jewelry retail signatories up to 60. Altogether, these jewelry retailers represent over $1.3 billion in annual US jewelry sales, or nearly a quarter of the total.

Drilling industry executive admits that oversupply, not regulations, responsible for decreased drilling

November 5, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The drilling industry claims, over and over, that rules that better protect landowners, public health and the environment reduce the industry's willingness to drill.

It's a canard, of course.

Something stinks… the drilling industry’s attitude towards reasonable oversight.

October 8, 2009 • Alan Septoff

What do the recent Pennsylvania and Colorado examples of industry's attempt to suborn reasonable state drilling oversight demonstrate?

The need for federal regulation of drilling/fracking.

What’s the big fracking deal? Toxic spills.

September 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

UpdatedUpdate II.

While the natural gas industry maintains that stronger regulations aren't needed, its track record continues to prove otherwise.

On Tuesday, the Wayne Independent reported that three "substantial" toxic spills by a fracker have occurred in less than one week in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania.

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Another violation of trust. Two PA fracking spills of who knows what.

September 18, 2009 • Alan Septoff

More proof that the FRAC Act is, contrary to industry claims, quite necessary.

 

Can we trust the frackers to set the limits? 160 organizations say “NO”.

September 18, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee held the second of two hearings on Chairman Nick Rahall's bill H.R. 3534, the "Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act", which contains a number of modest reforms to the federal government's oil and gas programs.

The oil and gas industry, all too predictably, can be expected to fire back that any reform directed at their business is unnecessary, prohibitively costly to this multi-billion dollar industry, and could severely limit our nation's gas supplies.

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.