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TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2012


Congress blocks black-lung protections 

Oh those House Republicans. The latest: They are trying to block efforts to protect coal miners from black lung disease. It was only yesterday the Center for Public Integrity released a report showing that black lung is returning. From the Charlotte Gazette: House Republicans are...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011

Trapped miner presumed dead, Hecla says 

Hecla Mining released a statement regarding Larry Marek today, who became trapped when the roof of the mine he was working in collapsed nine days ago. He is presumed dead. "After more than a week of diligently working to rescue Larry Marek at the Lucky...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

This is mountaintop removal mining 

Earlier in the week I posted NASA photos of mountaintop removal mining but you have to see this clip, narrated by Susan Sarandon, from the Rainforest Action Network to get the full picture. It really is an American tragedy. Did you know that mountain top...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010

Message from trapped Chilean miners

In this amazing raw video, we see the 33 miners who have been trapped in a collapsed mine shaft for three weeks in Chile’s Atacama Desert and how they are coping with life underground. They send greetings to the surface, show the space they are...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 5, 2010

Some plans are bigger than others 

As one resident says, cleaning up the Coeur d’Alene basin ain’t easy. Or cheap. But the new $1.3 billion cleanup plan for 340 old mining sites and millions of tons of mine tailings has a community concerned since EPA’s strategy seems illogical. Even Hecla Mining...

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"The BP Of The Pacific Northwest" 

The David vs Goliath story in our backyard continues. In a press release titled “Flooding at Old Mission Repository,” the Silver Valley Community Resource Center urges citizens to contact the EPA in response to a controversial mining cleanup plan. If you’ve followed this story here,...

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Touch of evil

Last Monday, we talked about Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in our post about the tragic coal-mine explosion that killed 25 workers. He shook off the company’s history of safety by saying with “Violations are unfortunately a normal part of the mining process.” In 2005,...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010

USA and Canada - victory for Glacier National Park

"As the world's first international peace park, Waterton-Glacier is more than just a national park," said Will Hammerquist, Glacier Program Manager for the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association. "It is an icon of international cooperation, peace between nations, and the special relationship between Canada and...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

Lithium mining: cleaner than coal, but.... 

Big news out of the automotive world last week as a sister company to Toyota Motor secured a lithium supply deal in Argentina that could help the world's largest automaker keep its lead in gasoline-electric hybrid cars.Immediately we were prompted to ask, "at what cost?"Any...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010

Yacht Rock, part deux 

It’s not often we get to say this but there’s good news concerning the Blackwell Island controversy: As part of the Marine Yacht Club expansion, which involves dredging the lake bottom, a revised plan will move contaminated sediments from a floodplain where Lake Coeur d’Alene...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2010

MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

Another Green Monday

Welcome to the real-life Avatar. Or as we like to call it: Alberta. The cosmic open pit mines up north produce vast quantities of oil from their tar sands. In fact, they’ve made Canada the top foreign supplier to America, and the second-largest storehouse in...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

Another Green Monday

Welcome to Thanksgiving week readers. It's a strange thing when you find something from the past that's every bit as relevant now as it was when it originated - it really makes you put time into perspective. 2007 seems like ages ago, and our world...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

EPA notes from the field 

The East Mission Flats Repository continues. In addition to mine waste storage in a floodplain and the location near Old Cataldo Mission, a big point of contention with the recently okayed East Mission Flats Repository was the EPA public outreach effort. This aspect passed the...

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