Natural Resources

Media Coalition Wins Overturn of Blankenship Gag Order on Appeal

After opposing gag and sealing orders in the trial of former Massey coal CEO Don Blankenship on charges of conspiracy to violate federal mine safety and health standards — and cover-up — a news media coalition led by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press won access to the trial from a federal appeals court March 5, 2015.

"A New Tack in the War on Mining Mountains"

"Last week, with little fanfare, PNC Financial, the nation’s seventh-largest bank, disclosed a significant strategic shift. The bank said it would no longer finance coal-mining companies that pursue mountaintop removal of coal in Appalachia, an environmentally devastating practice that has long drawn opposition."

Source: NY Times, 03/10/2015
March 25, 2015 to March 27, 2015

Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century

UC Berkeley, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and National Geographic Society, presents this summit convening natural and social scientists, managers and practitioners to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the NPS.

News Media Coalition Appeals Gag Orders in Blankenship Case

After a judge refused to reverse most of the secrecy ruling around the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster caused by Massey Energy's safety violations, including indictment of the company's former CEO, media outlets appealed. Now a coalition of many more media groups, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the secrecy ruling as unconstitutional.

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