SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The Spruce mine is one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Central Appalachia, and would result in the destruction of 2,278 acres of temperate rainforest and the burying of 7.5 miles of streams in the Spruce Fork sub-watershed.
Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN):
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San Francisco – Rainforest Action Network is sending clean-up crews to all 10 Chevron gas stations in the city of San Francisco today, Sunday, in conjunction with 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party, which is taking place in 183 countries worldwide. The Chevron clean-up crews are highlighting the company’s unprecedented oil catastrophe in Ecuador and its continued obstruction of climate change initiatives here in California.
Protesters against Cargill Inc.'s palm oil operations had good timing Thursday. As they dangled from a downtown Minneapolis skyway, a palm industry consortium had just reprimanded a Cargill palm oil supplier for its environmental practices in Indonesian rain forests.
Minneapolis, Minn. – America’s favorite food company, General Mills (GIS), is taking a crucial step to protect rainforests today, with the release of a new palm oil policy that limits the company’s exposure to an increasingly controversial commodity. The company’s new policy, along with previous actions to move away from problematic suppliers like Sinar Mas Group, puts them in the front of efforts by the U.S. food sector to address deforestation resulting from palm oil.
CHICAGO- Concerned with what has been an incessant string of oil spills and leaks, and with the health of the drinking water supply for millions of people on the Great Lakes at risk, activists of Rainforest Action Network Chicago (RAN-C) rallied in front of the Canadian Consulate in Chicago with a strong message: Stop poisoning us with toxic tar sands oil!