*AK. The Pebble Mine is back in the news as a federal judge “temporarily blocked” the EPA’s efforts to stop the mine, following Northern Dynasty Minerals’ objections to the process.
|By: KateCA Tuesday November 25, 2014 5:02 pm|
|By: KateCA Tuesday November 18, 2014 3:23 pm|
*US. National Public Radio and Mine Safety and Health News: “thousands of mine operators fail to pay safety penalties . . . [most of which] are between two and 10 years overdue . . .. [F]ederal regulators seem unable or unwilling to make mine owners pay.” $70 million in delinquent penalties owed by 2700 mining companies to date, 130,000 additional violations among delinquent mines, and many other findings.
|By: KateCA Tuesday November 11, 2014 3:50 pm|
*Everywhere. Sand is one more resource being depleted: “From the deserts of Morocco to the beaches of the Caribbean, boatloads of sand are being spirited away, legally & illegally to enhance shorelines from Spain to Florida to Singapore, or to be used in the cement for high-rises that tower over prime coastal properties.”
|By: KateCA Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:15 pm|
AK-Canada. Seabridge Gold owns KSM mine for which it has “early construction permits from the British Columbian government”. The mine is in “the transboundary Unuk River watershed” between BC and Alaska, which makes for a very interesting problem. First Nations and environmentalists are very concerned about the mine. Now AK Senators Mark Begich (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R), and Representative Don Young (R), are involved, too.
|By: KateCA Tuesday October 28, 2014 6:28 pm|
*Everywhere. As resources become more scarce, chances of bringing populations up and out of extreme poverty decrease—while the chances of more people being thrown into extreme poverty increase. People must consume fewer resources and accelerate recycling activities if that dismal scenario is to be avoided. Rare earths are particularly troublesome since “they are critical in the automotive, electronics and renewable sectors”, demand for them is escalating—and “supply shortages are predicted.”
|By: KateCA Tuesday October 21, 2014 8:00 pm|
*Everywhere. So, Peabody Energy is going to the G20 meeting with its “Advanced Energy for Life” message, an attempt to tie coal to “benevolence, altruism and empathy for the world’s poor.” Burson-Marsteller is reportedly doing the pr work; they did the same for the tobacco industry until 2010. Peabody is already holding meetings and workshops in Australia, touting the new message.
|By: KateCA Tuesday October 14, 2014 5:12 pm|
*USA. Use of sand for fracking may be all the rage right now, but concerns about “the health impacts of breathing silica dust” are mounting, too. One sand miner’s stock increased 400% over the past year and a half, and another is adding 3.8 million tons “of frac sand mine and plant capacity in Wisconsin and Missouri.” But health experts and local governments are increasingly very concerned about the major effects of sand mining on health.
|By: KateCA Tuesday October 7, 2014 3:47 pm|
*AZ. Yay! US District Court judge has ruled “to uphold the Obama administration’s 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across one million acres of public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon.” But will there be an appeal?
|By: KateCA Tuesday September 30, 2014 4:57 pm|
*Everywhere. Last ditch efforts by some utilities around the globe to halt renewables include taxes on “solar energy-equipped houses and offices”, vigorous lobbying to stop governments providing incentives to “green energy”, much heftier “daily connection” fees rather than billing for units of energy used, etc. Will alternative energy users be subsidizing traditional utilities in the future?
|By: KateCA Tuesday September 9, 2014 6:35 pm|
*MA. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend. Two men blocked a ship from delivering coal to a MA power plant last year by anchoring a lobster boat in its path. They were protesting use of coal “and other fossil fuels, the primary cause of global warming.” Believe it or not, local prosecutors have dropped the criminal charges against the two men out of concern for “the children of Bristol County and beyond”—and one of the prosecutors plans on participating in the People’s Climate March being held this month in New York. (The two men, by the way, are going to pay a $2,000 fine each “for alleged civil infractions.”)