Kate Lanier collects news of oil and gas, fracking and mining, the environment and sustainable energy from around the world including:
Worldwide: Interpol is now taking on “environmental fugitives,” including suspected crime bosses and elephant ivory smugglers. Nine wanted altogether, with two already captured. Just imagine the possibilities.
Colorado: It’s getting very ugly out there. Longmont residents voted against fracking in their community inn 2012. Now, “state officials, energy companies and industry groups are taking Longmont and other municipalities to court, forcing local governments into what critics say are expensive, long-shot efforts to defend the measures.” Citizens are even being accused of ripping off industry.
Chile: Barrick Gold (Toronto) ran afoul of the Superintendence for the Environment concerning the Pascua Lama gold-silver mine. Fines were imposed. A lower court seemed to revoke the $16 million fine, due to regulatory misfiguring, and ordered Barrick to halt its activity at the mine. Barrick sued but the Supreme Court refused he case, putting everything back in the lap of the Superintendence for the Environment which has some re-figuring to do.