Archive for May, 2012

From High Country Rising Tide: High Country Rising Tide is happy to announce the convening of the “West By Northwest” No Coal Exports Action Camp taking place Aug. 2-10 in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Last year, at the behest of America’s largest coal companies, the federal government made a quiet announcement that it would release […]

On May 24, First Majestic Silver mining company announced that it would give up its concessions in Wirikuta, the sacred territory of the Wixarika people in the Chihuahan Desert. At the same time, the Mexican governmnent declared that it was placing 45,000 hectares off limits to mining. But the Wirkuta Defense Front has declared the […]

Vermont has banned the controversial natural gas and petroleum mining technique known as hyraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” citing concerns over water contamination. However, the ban appears to be mostly symbolic—Vermont has little or nothing in the way of natural gas reserves—and limited, at best. Vermont resident Kai Mikkel Forlie writes for the Burlington Free Press: […]

From Crimethinc. Ex-Workers’ Collective: Not so long ago, it seemed that the FBI focused on pursuing accomplished anarchists: Marie Mason and Daniel McGowan were both arrested after lengthy careers involving everything from supporting survivors of domestic violence to ecologically-minded arson. It isn’t surprising that the security apparatus of the state targeted these activists: they were […]

From Intercontinental Cry: The Six Nations Confederacy is calling on supporters to help enforce a cease and desist order against Samsung. The multinational company is currently attempting to move forward with a massive wind energy project on Six nations Land. Writing for the Toronto Media Coo-op, Tim Groves reports. Six Nations confronts Samsung’s energy project […]

Since our last post yesterday, Peruvian police have arrested 25 anti-mining protesters in the Espinar Province of the Cusco region, under “state of emergency” (martial law) rules declared after clashes between police and protesters led to the deaths of two protesters. The protesters are opposed to the planned Tinaya copper mine by Xstrata plc. Among […]

From the Earth First! Newswire: On May 24, 2012 the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum hosted a luncheon meeting at the Four Season’s Hotel in Vancouver focusing on Compliance Energy Corp’s proposed Raven Coal Mine. The site for this proposed mine is in unceded Pentlach Territory on Vancouver Island, […]

The Coal Lobby’s Dirty Tricks

The coal industry has been exposed hiring fake pro-coal activists to show up for public hearings wearing pro-coal t-shirts, as well as hiring a lobbying firm that faked letters from groups such as the NAACP, urging congresspeople to oppose anti-global-warming legislation.

In the past week, the battle over the future of mining in Peru has heated up, leading President Ollanta Humala to declare martial law for the second time in the 10 months he has been in office. First, Newmont Mining Corp. announced that it is pushing back the planned start date for its $4.8 billion […]

From mountainjustice.org: KAYFORD, W.Va. –Mountain Justice and RAMPS activists blocked coal transport in two locations Thursday morning [May 24]. Five boarded a barge on the Kanawha River near Chelyan, with a large banner that read “Coal leaves, cancer stays,” and locked their bodies to the barge. At the same time, dozens of concerned citizens obstructed […]

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