News from ~ Howling For Wolves: Wolf Hearing at Minnesota Capital on January 28th

Wolf supporters everywhere, heads up!

Image and all following text from Howling for Wolves email news announcement  http://www.howlingforwolves.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf hearing at Minnesota Capitol
On January 28th, the Environment and Natural Resources Policy committee of the MN House of Representatives will hold an informational hearing on Wolf Management by the State of Minnesota.

Committee members will hear testimony from individuals, state agencies, and organizations concerned with wolf management policies and their impact on the long-term survival of the gray wolf in Minnesota.

What is at stake
The purpose of this hearing is informational and there will not be a vote taken on any specific bills related to the wolf. But we think that this hearing represents progress. Last year, the committee chair; Rep. David Dill, publicly stated that he would not hold any hearing about wolf management unless the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicated their wolf management activities were unsustainable.

With 650 wolves killed in just two recreational hunting seasons, and a 25% population decline prior to the 2013-14 hunt, there are clear indications that current wolf management policy is damaging to our native wolf population.

The January 28th hearing is important for wolf advocates because it will create a public record about the recreational wolf hunt, and the uncertainty that surrounds it. This hearing will influence the perceptions of legislators for the remainder of the 2014 session and beyond.

Why you should attend
Legislators are primarily concerned with the viewpoints of voters in their district. If you live in the district of a committee member (find out here), you can help by contacting their office before January 28th. Let them know you oppose recreational wolf hunting and trapping, and that you will be following their actions on this issue. All state representative seats are up for re-election in 2014 – let them know that you and the majority of Minnesotans value the wolf and that you expect representation on this issue.

We need a strong turnout of wolf advocates at the January 28th hearing to impress upon this committee the importance of the issue to their constituents. If your representative is on this committee and you plan to attend, make sure to let them know in advance that you will be there.

Informational Hearing on MN Wolf Management
When: January 28, 2014, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 200 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Martin Luther King Blvd., St. Paul, MN

Clean Water Alliance Call to Legislature Action! Heads Up! Lilias Jarding has the “Bill” goodies South Dakota’s Black Hills Water Lovers Desire.

This post concerns  “Much Ado about in-situ leach uranium mining, Powertech, clean water, mine bonds, the environment and Bills.” No, not tax bills, not Mr. Bill,  but bills of legislative import in South Dakota–the land of Powertech Potential Profits without accountability.  Well, Lilias Jarding, who plays very nicely with the Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota, has a few activist proposals for the citizens of South Dakota concerned about the potentially nasty toxifying effects of in situ uranium mining touted by Powertech and their other foreign–and American grown–cohorts. Without further ado, please take a gander at Lilias’ list of not to be missed Bills.

From the cyber-desk of Lilias Jarding, Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota,

Senate Bills 148. 149, 150–and 141.

Greetings —
 
There are now three bills in the S.D. Legislature that we need to work to support!  This is great news, but now the work begins.  This message contains information on how to contact your legislators to say you support the bill and information on each bill.  Please read to the bottom and take action today.
 
The first bill, Senate Bill 148, would return state regulatory authority over in situ leach uranium mining.  This is the authority that was taken away in 2011 by the bill that Powertech Uranium authored.  We are FOR this bill.  We want the state to regulate this type of dangerous mining, not just some distant federal officials.  And we want regular monitoring of the construction, operation, and water quality at ISL mines.  Without state monitoring, this regular oversight will not occur.
 
The second, Senate Bill 149, would change the current law.  The current law gives uranium companies 30 days to report environmental violations without any penalty.  Instead, under this bill, the companies would have to report environmental violations within 24 hours.  We are FOR this bill.  We want companies who do this dangerous type of mining to be responsible for their spills and leaks.  We want problems to be reported quickly, so that corrective measures can be applied quickly.
 
The third bill, Senate Bill 150, is the longest.  It provides additional protections that: (1) require uranium companies to return water to baseline conditions after they mine, (2) let the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources determine if it is feasible to mine safely in a particular place, (3) allow a mining permit to be denied if the company cannot demonstrate that restoration of water will work, and (4) require full restoration of water quality after mining.  We are FOR this bill.  We want full protection from the problems that in situ leach uranium mining has caused in other places.  The mining companies say they can mine safely and without contaminating groundwater.  This bill simply holds them to their word.
 
These are important bills, and we are lucky to have strong supporters like Senator Bradford and Representatives Heinert and Killer, who introduced these bills and will work to support them.  So please take a moment to thank them.  And plan to support these bills by going to Pierre, when they are up for hearings.  This could happen with only a couple days’ notice, so have your gas money set aside!  We’ll help arrange carpools, when the time comes.
 
Right now, please contact your area’s legislators and urge them to support each of these bills.  You can find out who your legislators are at http://legis.state.sd.us/who/index.aspx 
 
You can e-mail legislators at http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx   You only have to write a message once and change the legislator’s name at the top and in your “Dear ___” line.  If you have more than a few minutes, please contact every legislator and ask for their support.
 
We will be targeting the members of specific committees, as soon as the bills are assigned to committees.  So watch for that.
 
Thanks for all you do.  As usual, let me know if you have questions
 

Senate Bill 141
 
Here is another bill we need to support.  It’s Senate Bill 141.  It would increase the bond requirements for mining companies and would apply to Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine.  The text of the bill is here: http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/Bill.aspx?File=SB141P.htm.  Before they start mining, companies have to post a bond to insure that the mine is cleaned up, especially if the company goes bankrupt or leaves the state.  These bonds are usually way too low.  This bill would require a higher bond.

Please contact the bill’s sponsors — Senators Adelstein, Rampelberg, Kirkeby, Lucas, and Tidemann and Representatives Sly, Kopp, Hunhoff (Bernie), and Shrempp — and thank them for sponsoring the bill. 
 
Please contact your district’s legislators — and as many others as you have time to contact — and tell them you support this bill.  We support this bill because we want to be sure that the state’s natural resources are protected and that South Dakota taxpayers are not left paying to clean up messes left by mining companies, as has happened so often in the past.
 
You can write one e-mail and send it to multiple legislators easily.  To e-mail legislators, go to http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx
 
Thanks to all who have been writing legislators.  Please also remember to spread the word to your lists.
 
Onward! 

And here is where you can find the text of each bill —
 

 
Thanks to Sabrina King with Dakota Rural Action for this information.
 
Lilias
 
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Sip the Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota at:   http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/
 
Dakota Rural Action  Legislative Action Update #2
 
Ready, Set, Action!
Oh and everyone please take notes for when Powertech Uranium Corporation–or some version thereof–comes to visit your state sniffing for uranium and such.
What? You want VISUALs?  
Okay.
 
via Tipistolamedia2011
 
 

Bioneers–streaming now!

Bioneers–Revolution From the Heart of Nature.

Streaming online now at www.kkfi.org  around the world. KKFI airs Bioneers every Friday at 9:30 am CST. 

http://www.bioneers.org/

Bioneers is a wonderful informative program about our world’s state of being and the interaction of people and Earth. Discover it if you care about Nature.  It’s about the interconnectedness of everything–people, planet, economics, et al,  for example, green collar justice.

Clicking on the logo will take you to Bioneers’ site. I encourage you to take the journey if you haven’t yet.

Cancun? Curious?

If you’ve noticed the lack of coverage of the Climate Conference in Cancun by mainstream US media like ABC, NBC and CBS, you’re not alone. If you’re just counting your gift purchases until the Corporate Holy Day arrives, then read no further. If you are wondering what’s going on–or not–in Cancun then you’re in luck because Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! news is broadcasting all week from the conference.  And the lack of attendance by the press corps is noticeable.  Does this mean no one in America gives a hoot? Or does it indicate that certain interests don’t want us to give a damn? Out of sight and out of mind. Yep, just keep folks focused on their toys and all will be well. Or will it? IF anyone is interested in learning what’s afoot in Cancun then surf www.democracynow.org  for online videos and text of Goodman’s coverage of the conference. There’s currently an interview with Bolivia’s Pablo Solon, coverage of a speech by Ireland’s former president, Mary Robinson, and lo and behold there is, of all things, an alternate conference underway—an impressive  gathering of small grassroots farmers conducting their own discussions about Climate Change. Yes, the ‘small folk’ have serious concerns about the issues. Unlike some other invisible people I won’t bother naming.  

If you’re aware of other good ongoing current coverage  of Cancun, please share a link or other tracks/videos etc.

Note:  Amy Goodman received the Right Livelihood Award in 2008. Click on the photograph to visit the Right Livelihood page.

photo by Wolfgang Schmidt

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