Barrick on Mount Tenabo: Sucking it dry

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Barrick on Mount Tenabo: Sucking it dry

Unearthed: The News Without the Chaff
Bush Interior Department Grants Barrick Gold’s Parting Wish
Photo: Destruction underway on Mount Tenabo/
Photo by Lisa Wolf
Dec. 5, 2008
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Barrick Gold Corporation could begin cyanide heap leach mining operations on sacred Shoshone native lands as early as next week, thanks to last minute approval by the outgoing Bush Interior Department of the Cortez Hills Expansion Project. The project would be sited entirely within Shoshone territory recognized in the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, land that is still used by the Shoshone Nation for food, medicine and spiritual ceremonies.

Western Shoshone, Timbisha Shoshone and Great Basin Resource Watch have filed a complaint in federal court in an attempt to stop the mine.

If the project proceeds, Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, will blast a massive 900-acre, 2,000 foot deep open pit mine on Mount Tenabo, a sacred place for the Shoshone. Barrick will first “dewater” the mountain, sucking all the groundwater out, and then extract gold using the destructive cyanide heap-leaching method. In total, the mine would permanently destroy 6,800 acres on and around Mount Tenabo, over 90 percent of which is public land, according to the Shoshone coalition.

In approving the mine project, the Bureau of Land Management ignored its own scientific findings, including a report that described Mt. Tenabo as “literally a life-giver” that is “the tallest mountain in the area – the most likely to capture snow and generate water to grow pin’on and nourish life.”

Opponents estimate the mine’s wastes will include 1,577 million tons of waste rock, 53 million tons of tailings material and 112 million tons of spent heap leach material.

Bush family cleaning up on transfer of public lands to private hands
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 16, 2008, 00:26

(WMR) — WMR has learned from a senior Democratic congressional source that the Bush family, most notably former President George H. W. Bush, is reaping windfall profits from the transfer of title of public federal and state lands to private hands. The elder Bush, according to our sources, has a vested financial interest in land title companies that specialize in the transfer of public lands to private interests.
The revelations represent the first evidence that the elder Bush has benefited from the transfer of public lands to private hands in a giant scheme to defraud federal and state governments, as well as the American taxpayers and Native Americans.
The land-grabbing scheme primarily involves the transfer of federal lands, including Native American lands and national forest system lands, in the Rocky Mountain West, state lands in Texas, and both federal and state lands in California, Mississippi, and Florida to private entities. The scheme is also at the center of the scandal surrounding jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff who conspired to privatize federal lands and assets around the country to benefit his corporate clients. Read article:



Navajo and Hopi under threat from coal mine expansion at Black Mesa

Navajo and Hopi under threat from coal mine expansion at Black Mesa

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) is preparing to make a decision on whether or not Peabody Coal’s “Black Mesa Project,” a dirty coal strip-mining operation in the territories of the Hopi and Navajo, should be permitted to re-open.

If the OSM rules in favor of Peabody Coal, the company would be given the rights to use the Navajo Aquifer, “which has been a center of controversy for the past 30 years and give Peabody Coal Company the right to mine untouched coal reserves indefinitely,” explains Enei Begaye, Co-Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition.

It would also open the door to more evictions of Hopi and Navajo families living in Black Mesa, a 5000 square mile region that both the Hopi and Navajo regard as sacred and integral to their cultural survival.

Overall, the project renewal would:

  • Establish permanent mining rights until the coal runs out or until at least 2026!
  • Substantially accelerate global climate disruption and cause an ecological meltdown.
  • Destroy thousands of acres of pristine canyon lands, causing animal and plant ecology and cultural sites to vanish.
  • Increase the detonation of coal on a daily basis, affecting air quality and health of miners, local residents, and their livestock.
  • Deplete the already scarce water tables and regional aquifer that are all essential to residential survival.
  • Uproot & relocate families from their ancestral homelands due to coal mining expansion.
  • Sacrifice human dignity and planetary health for elite profit! Peabody would cause many more problems than what is reflected here. Its roots remain sunk deeply in the history of colonial genocide, corporate power grabs, and ecological devastation.

What you can do to help

A list of things you can do, c/o the Black Mesa Water Coalition

1. Join us in Denver! If you can make it to Denver or are already in Denver, please join us Monday December 8th at 10 am in front of the Office of Surface Mining building–Downtown Denver: 1999 Broadway Denver, CO 80202

2. Help us get to Denver! Many of the Navajo and Hopi people going to Denver are farmers, ranchers, elders, and grassroots people without a lot of financial resources. Any donation you can make will go a long way. An anonymous donor has graciously offered to match any donations made to get us to Denver. Visit our website:
to donate-any amount is greatly appreciated!

Funds will go to:

* Helping Navajo & Hopi Elders & young people rent vans & pay
for gas to Denver and back to Black Mesa.
* Lodging for elders or others who are in need of lodging.
* Providing food for elders and those who are in need.

3. PLEASE e-mail, mail, or fax a letter to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and/or the U.S. Secretary of Interior. Tell OSM NOT to issue a “Life-of-Mine” permit for Peabody’s “Black Mesa Project”! Below is sample letter you can use and send to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and/or the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Addresses to send letters to:
Dennis Winterringer
Western Regional Office
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
P.O. Box 46667
Denver, CO 80201-6667
Phone: 303-844-1400, ext 1440


Dirk Kempthorne
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240

for more information please call (928) 213-5909, cell# (928)
380-6296, cell # (928) 637-5281
or e-mail


Dirk Kempthorne
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240

Dear Secretary Kempthorne:

I am writing to request your urgent attention and immediate action regarding a matter of highest importance to the integrity of your trust responsibility and to the credibility of the Department of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM).

I request that you direct OSM to suspend all activity on the Black Mesa Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (DOI DES 08-49, OSM- EIS-33). The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Black Mesa Project Final EIS will be announced by Dec. 7, 2008 and I strongly urge you to not give the applicant, Peabody Western Coal Company, a permit to mine more coal in Black Mesa, AZ.

OSM has rushed to approve a life-of-mine permit, first without making the permit revisions sufficiently available for public review, and then without adequate environmental review. The power plant that previously used Black Mesa Mine coal shut down, and there is no other proposed use for the coal whose mining would be permitted by OSM. As a result, there is no actual proposed project involving Black Mesa Mine coal to be analyzed, making the pending EIS not only premature, but in direct conflict with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

The current proposal would also grant the applicant continued access to Navajo Aquifer water for the life-of-mine operations. For over thirty years, Peabody Coal Company’s coal-slurry operation has a depleted precious drinking water and the drying of many sacred springs to the Navajo and Hopi as a result of using the Navajo Aquifer. The Navajo Aquifer is the only source of drinking water for Black Mesa tribal residents. OSM’s current proposal to grant a permit for a mine-with no potential customers-and indefinite use of water rights to the Navajo Aquifer is an affront to tribal
communities, and if allowed to proceed, would be a clear failure to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s trust responsibility to the people of the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation.

Thank you for your consideration,




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Crow Nation Horse Mounted Unit to March in Inaugural Parade

WASHINGTON—in keeping with its commitment to hold inaugural events that celebrate our common values and reflect the diversity and history of our great nation, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Committee officially extended an offer to the Crow Nation of Montana Horse Mounted Unit to march in the 56th Inaugural Parade.

Members of the Crow Nation of Montana Horse Mounted Unit will join representatives from across the country and our Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.

“I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade,” said President-elect Obama. “These organizations embody the best of our nation’s history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade.”

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Indigenous Tribes Say Climate Change Harming Way of Life

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Bill Erasmus, chief of the Dene nation located in northern Canada, issued a grave warning targeting the climate crisis: The once plentiful herds of caribou are declining, rivers are smaller and the ice is too thin to hunt upon safely.

Erasmus brought his worries to the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, looking to guarantee that North America’s indigenous peoples are not forgotten in the global warming negotiations.

Erasmus, the elected organizer of 30,000 native Americans in Canada, visited with the U.N.’s top climate official, Yvo de Boer, and has petitioned national delegations to identify them as an “expert group” that must contribute to the talks like other nongovernmental associations.

Worker hurt in fire at TEPCO nuclear reactor in Niigata

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A fire broke out during welding in the turbine building of a reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station in Niigata Prefecture on Monday, slightly injuring one worker, TEPCO said. It said the fire occurred in the turbine building on the first basement level of the No. 6 reactor of the power station at around 10:40 a.m. and burned a welding machine.

One of the workers fell ill and was treated at the health management room on the premise, TEPCO officials said, adding his condition was not serious.The blaze occurred while workers were engaged in welding as part of work on the reactor’s quake resistance, the officials said. The workers put out the fire with extinguishers and TEPCO reported the fire to the Kashiwazaki city fire department about one hour later.

Fire at Japan nuclear plant, no radiation leak

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A fire broke out at a nuclear power plant in northern Japan and a worker was sickened by smoke inhalation, but there was no release of radioactivity, the plant operator said Monday.

A small fire broke out at a turbine facility at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex during welding of pipes aimed at enhancing quake resistance, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a statement.

A worker was sickened from inhaling smoke, but not seriously, said the company, known as TEPCO. The fire was extinguished within one hour and there was no radiation leak from the incident, the company said.

US has blood on its hands

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US has blood on its hands

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Blackwater mercenaries are now charged with murdering Iraqis, including children. The prosecutors have put a not-so-horrible face on it, calling it “manslaughter.” All of the killers are former decorated US veterans.
Meanwhile, the Zetas are carrying out the most heinous crimes of the drug war at the US border, with decapitations and largescale murder of civilians and journalists.
The Zetas were trained as Special Forces by the United States, then eventually came to rule the Mexican drug war. The Guatemalan Kaibiles also received US Special Forces training. These killers, known for extreme cruelty, even served as “UN Peacekeepers.” The Kaibiles are known for their practice of forcing recruits to bite the heads off live chickens.
When you hear of the most horrible crimes against the people of the world, ask yourself, “Who has the technology, training, weapons and money to carry this out?”
Too often the answer is the United States. The School of the Americas is just one place that foreign nationals have been trained by the United States to torture and murder. Indigenous Peoples are being murdered around the world, as their lands and resources are seized for corporate profiteering.
Commenting on the murderers trained by the US, a friend said, “When a dog kills a chicken, and gets a taste of it, it will keep killing. The only thing you can do with the dog is to put it down.”
US training and guns boost Mexico’s drug war
Narco News: Exposing the US drug involvement

PHOTO: A truck, carrying Mexican army soldiers, drives past a pedestrian bridge where a giant banner signed by the Zetas, the enforcement arm of the Gulf drug cartel, hangs in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, northern Mexico, Sunday, April 13, 2008. The banner reads in Spanish: “Operative group ‘The Zetas’ wants you, soldier or ex-soldier. We offer a good salary, food and benefits for your family. Don’t suffer anymore mistreatment and don’t go hungry. We wont give you instant noodle soup.” (AP Photo/El Manana de Nuevo Laredo)