30,000 Leaky Mines Contaminating U.S. West's Water Supply : DNews
One spectacular toxic mine waste leak in Colorado is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Continue reading →

Colorado is still recovering from an August 5 toxic waste spill that turned the Animas River a bright orange color. The leak, which amounted to 3 million gallons, was caused when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  used heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine, north of Silverton.

Much of the ire over the mishap has been directed at the EPA, especially after the federal agency’s own internal review revealed that it hadn’t performed a key safety test. According to the report: “Although difficult and therefore expensive and technically challenging, this procedure may have been able to discover the pressurized conditions that turned out to cause the blowout.”

But regardless of what actually caused the blowout, the Gold King Mine accident also calls attention to a much bigger problem that confronts Colorado and other western states. According to a 2011 report by the federal Government Accountability Office, there are at least 161,000 abandoned hardrock mine sites in 12 western states and Alaska. At least 33,000 of those are causing environmental problems, including contamination of surface water and groundwater.


“My Sle7e Phillip Grinder used to tell me, when he was still alive, “Don’t just talk about it, DO IT! Don’t wait for someone to show you or help you, just do it yourself or you will be waiting around for ever.” I birthed my first Freedom Baby at his home, in the mountains, by a glacier creek. I hear his words everyday. He hated the Indian Reserves and loved his home in the mountains. He taught me ‪#‎Freedom‬.

So when this ugly, nasty mining disaster happened in my Homelands, I heard his voice! When I said to myself, “I want to shut this mining company down, I want to stop mining from destroying our Homelands.” He said to me, “Do it then!” This is not just a fight against Mount Polley mine to clean up their toxic mess, this is much bigger than that, it is about managing our own lands, about taking control of our destiny, about caring for the babies, about protecting our salmon so our children could eat, this is about defending our Sacred Water so we can survive like our ancestors, this is about standing up and facing off with our enemy, the government and corporations that want to continue to rape our Mother Earth for money!!! I say ‪#‎YaBasta‬! Enough already!

We invite you to stand with us on August 4, 2015 at the one year memorial of the Mount Polley disaster for ceremony, gathering and feast. Bring your hand drums. We will be at the entrance to the Mount Polley mine, on the road to Likely! Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe.” - Kanahus Manuel

Canadian mining company accused of exploiting Eritrea's forced labour
United Nations denounces foreign mining companies for making use of men conscripted into the country’s indefinite military service
By Mark Anderson

The UN has accused a Canadian company of using forced labour at Eritrea’s only active mine in a hard-hitting report released in June.

Nevsun Resources, which owns a majority share of the Bisha copper and gold mine and oversees its operations, has repeatedly come under fire over the use of conscripted labour since construction of the mine began in 2008.

Sheila Keetharuth, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea who collected the evidence, said in July: “Forced labour was used, especially in the construction phase, for the simple reason that all construction [operations] are done under the government.”

Eritrea’s national service programme requires every citizen over 18 to serve in the military or work for the government, often indefinitely.

Former labourers told the Guardian that working conditions at the mine were terrible, and wages low. “The climate was very hot, and I was given no protective safety equipment,” said one, who asked for his name to be withheld. “We were not given enough food to eat, so I was always very weak and exhausted by the end of the day. Health problems like difficulty passing urine and diarrhoea abounded. I lived in a compound housing about 600 people, sharing 10 toilets and 20 showers.”

Another miner, who also asked not to be named, said: “For the first six months, I was not paid. Then after a group of us complained, we started getting 145 nakfa per month – equivalent to $3 in the black market. Six months afterwards, this was increased to 860 nakfa per month.”

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How the Harper government has helped mining companies plunder Africa | Ricochet
Public money has subsidized Canadian extraction across the continent

[…] As the Conservatives pumped tens of millions of “aid” dollars into supporting an industry notorious for abuses in countries with weak legal structures, they also blocked domestic attempts at regulation while ensuring Canadian mining companies held the upper hand in foreign jurisdictions.

The Conservatives defeated Bill C-300, which would have withheld diplomatic and financial support from companies found responsible for significant abuses abroad. They also opposed legislation modeled on the U.S. Alien Torts Claims Act that would have allowed lawsuits against Canadian companies responsible for major human rights violations or ecological destruction abroad.

After two decades of privatization and loosened restrictions on foreign investment, mining companies operating on the continent fear a reversal of these policies. And so, in what may be their most significant support to Canadian mining corporations in Africa, the Conservatives negotiated Foreign Investment Protection Agreements with a number of African countries. FIPAs give corporations the right to sue governments — in private, investor-friendly tribunals — for interfering with profits, such as expropriating a concession, changing investment rules or requiring that value-added production take place in the country rather than abroad.

In essence, these agreements aim to counter “resource nationalism.” “Canada appears keen to negotiate FIPAs with some of the most economically and politically vulnerable but resource rich African countries before they develop a taste for resource sovereignty,” notes academic and author Paula Butler in Canadian Dimension.

Canadian policy in Africa has become largely synonymous with the interests of Canadian mining companies. The Harper Conservatives have sought to ensure that the continent’s mining policy serves the interests of foreign corporations, the majority of Africans be damned.

GERMANY, Philippsthal : This picture shows the salt storeroom at the K+S mine in Philippsthal (Werra), Germany, on August 29, 2015. The size of the entire underground of the combination works Werra with the sites Hattorf in Philippsthal, Wintershall in Heringen, Unterbreizbach and the Merkers Adventure Mine is comparable to the city of Munich. More than 4,360 employees work there. The resources company K+S with more than 14,000 employees is one of the top potash providers worldwide. K+S AG has rejected another multibillion-dollar takeover offer from Canadian PotashCorp of Saskatchewan (PCS) beginning of August. K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2014 of about 3,8 billion Euro and an EBIT of 641 million Euro. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS LOHNES                        

The Animas River

On August 5, the US Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released a large pulse of mine waste pollution into the Animas River, a tributary of the San Juan River that eventually reaches Lake Powell. Here is a photo of the Animas River from the USGS: you can even see residual iron in the river. The iron deposited along the river side clearly suggests long-term damage from the August spill, right?

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It’s (literally) crazy the amount of revisionist history & changing tactics that appear on Purv’s TL. I’ve been around since the beginning & she used to be very proud of her internet “research” and would post reams of “truths” from her “great detective work." Now she is “shocked” at the “mining” that “shippers” do and she & her followers exclaim their outrage, hoping that repeating something over & over again will make it a known truth. Perhaps someone recently discovered the movie Gaslight??

Twitter is a funny critter. I’m sure she’s scrubbed some of the more damning evidence that she is the originator / instigator / chief offender of all of the tactics she is currently decrying, and I’m sure there are… well, some, anyway, new followers who have no way of knowing all the underhanded ridiculous inflammatory OTT nonsense she got up to, and don’t believe anyone who tries to tell them.

But just as a reminder, she has, in no particular order:

1. Shamed, harassed, lied and spread rumours about a longtime close friend of Sam’s.

2. Hounded bystanders to tell her what they saw / didn’t see and used this information to spread more rumours.

3. Stalked the SM accounts of ANYONE (friends, family, hairdressers) known to be within two degrees of Sam or Cait, and used this information to spread more rumours.

4. Plumbed Google’s depths to uncover anything at all about Tony (how would she know he’s not on SM except by looking for his accounts?), and publishing whatever scraps she could find, including information about his mother and brother, and what charities he gave to 10 years ago.

5. Plumbed Google’s depths and mined Abbie’s Twitter / FB / private IG accounts to uncover anything at all, and then shared details / spread rumours. How did people find out she…was a school teacher? liked sunflowers? liked candles? liked sushi? liked avocado? liked coconut water? was in Los Angeles? was in New York? was in Miami? That was ALL PURV.

6. Posted photos from both Cody’s and Abbie’s locked IG accounts. In Abbie’s case, she posted a closeup of Abbie’s face along with a multi-point description of her connection to Sam, her profession, her family, her home city, her likes and dislikes etc. etc. etc., and broadcast these details repeatedly.

Small wonder several of  the people targeted by Purv have since scrubbed their SM accounts. Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge that Purv is at least as guilty of every sketchy practice she has ever accused anyone else of is a 🙈. For anyone in Purv’s 🎪 to complain about anything anyone else does in the way of information-seeking is almost too ridiculous to even laugh at. As is the knee-jerk assumption that anyone outside their team who employs the same methods is a shipper. Here’s the facts, friends: 1) If Purv’s methods were legit, she would have no need to protect her sources because people who aren’t doing anything wrong have nothing to hide. 2) Purv’s very existence proves that not all nosy “fans” are shippers.

My $.02


Indigenous protesters chase off police in Ecuador town
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Indigenous protesters wielding spears in southeastern Ecuador sent police and soldiers fleeing Wednesday in a clash that Interior Minister Jose Serrano said injured eight security force members.

Dolores Ochoa

Indian women from the Amazon region of Ecuador take part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

The estimated 200 Shuar and Achuar peoples who chased off police and soldiers in the Amazon town of Macas are upset with President Rafael Correa’s refusal to consult them on mining and oil drilling on their traditional lands.

Hundreds of protesters also marched against Correa in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito.

Isolated protests have persisted since a diverse coalition of anti-Correa forces called a general strike Aug. 13. Key among their demands is that legislation be withdrawn that would allow Correa indefinite re-election.

Protest leaders say 105 from their ranks have been arrested and 35 injured, while authorities say 100 police have been hurt.

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Indigenous protesters chase off police in Ecuador town                               
Demonstrators take part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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