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Cyanide Beach? Movie, popcorn & learn with Earthworks

April 15, 2013 • Lauren Pagel

Join Earthworks and Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) for the D.C. premiere of Cyanide Beach, a short documentary film that exposes the speculators behind the proposed Rosemont copper mine - a poster child for reforming the 1872 Mining Law.

What does a small town in Sardinia, Italy have in common with the pitched battle over the proposed Rosemont copper mine in the scenic Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, Arizona?

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Rosemont Copper – A Tale of Two Mines

December 17, 2012 • Earthworks

Tucson, AZ - The same Canadian mining speculators who are now seeking government permits to build the Rosemont copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, left behind a trail of unpaid vendors, a misspent government loan, hidden investors, and a toxic mess known to locals as "Cyanide Beach" after owning and operating an open-pit gold mine in Sardinia, Italy from 2003-07. 

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Earthworks Journal — spring/summer 2011

July 7, 2011
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Good news for Montana’s rivers & streams: cyanide mining bill vetoed!

May 20, 2011 • Bonnie Gestring

Good news for Montana's rivers and streams!

Last week Montana's Governor Schweitzer vetoed a bill (SB 306) to overturn Montana s ban on open pit, cyanide leach mining.

Every major open pit, cyanide leach mine in Montana has caused significant water pollution, and taxpayers have been left with tens of millions in clean-up costs. Drinking water supplies, agricultural lands, and native trout have suffered.

Citizens took matters into their own hands in 1998, when Montanans first passed a citizen's initiative against open pit cyanide leach mining, and then again in 2004, by an even larger margin (62%). This year, a Montana legislator introduced a bill to undermine the initiative, at the request of the Montana mining industry.

Thank you Governor Schweitzer for vetoing the bill, and upholding the will of the voters!

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Report from the field: Tailings dam fails at silver mine in Turkey

May 11, 2011 • Payal Sampat


Google Earth image of the Kutahya area BEFORE the tailings dam breach. The tailings impoundment with three interior walls is at left.


Closeup of the Kutahya tailings impoundment after the breaches. Credit: Hasan G kvardar.

KUTAHYA, Turkey, May 10 Experts are urging residents near a silver mine in Western Turkey to evacuate after the failure of a dam holding back 15 million cubic meters of cyanide-laced mining waste. Heavy rain expected for the next three days could cause the dam to collapse, sending a river of deadly waste toward drinking water supplies and the Black Sea.

The dam, part of the mine operated by Eti Silver Corporation, failed Saturday, once again underscoring the inherent danger in dumping toxic mining waste in pools held back by dams. Hasan G kvardar, a mining engineer who is working with non-government organizations in the region to assess the situation, provided this firsthand report and accompanying photos:

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Urge Governor Schweitzer: Veto the repeal of the cyanide mining ban!

April 4, 2011 • Bonnie Gestring

Last week, the legislature passed SB 306, which would effectively repeal Montana s ban on cyanide leach mining. SB 306 was introduced by Sen. Murphy at the request of the Montana Mining Association.

The bill is now headed to the Governor s desk. Governor Schweitzer needs to hear from you!

The repeal is against the will of the voters

In 1998, Montanans voted to approve I-137, a ban on new open-pit cyanide leach mines by 52% to 48%, and then reaffirmed the cyanide ban in 2004 (I-147) with an even stronger vote of 57%.

Montana s record of cyanide leach mining is abysmal

Every major cyanide leach mine in the state has caused severe water pollution contaminating important drinking water supplies, trout streams, and agricultural lands!

Taxpayers paying millions to clean up cyanide mines

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Denver-based Newmont Mining Co. fined millions for cyanide spill at Ghanaian mine

January 21, 2010

Accra and Washington, 01/21: Ghanaian authorities are fining Denver-based Newmont Mining millions of dollars for negligently spilling cyanide at its Ahafo gold mine in October 2009, resulting in water contamination and fish kills. A Ghanaian Ministerial Panel that evaluated the spill and its aftermath recommended that the company be fined US$ 4.9 million for failing to prevent the spill or to properly report on and investigate the spill.

For the past three months, community members and Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM) have raised concerns about the accident and its aftermath. “The incident brings home the fact that Ghana needs very strong laws to regulate mining operations,” said Daniel Owusu-Koranteng.

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Class Rings Postcard

February 14, 2006 • Earthworks and Oxfam