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(Reno Gazette-Journal)   In an effort to diversify, BP is now being sued for contamination originating in a poorly managed copper mine   (rgj.com) divider line 8
    More: Obvious, liver damage, contamination, Yerington, Yerington residents  
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2011-02-16 10:56:11 AM  
I bet it wouldn't't have happened if it was d'Anconia copper.
 
2011-02-16 10:58:54 AM  
s-ak.buzzfed.com

Thanks BP for being great stewards of the earth..
 
2011-02-16 11:09:00 AM  
Oh, come on now. Do you really expect me to believe that BP would do something to harm the environment? Seriously? You guys are crazy.
 
2011-02-16 11:14:21 AM  
+1 Subby
 
2011-02-16 11:31:41 AM  
Yerington thread!

Yerington's weekly paper, the Mason Valley News, has the motto: "The only paper in the world that gives a damn about Yerington".

Was once known as Pizen Switch, allegedly after a pioneer bar called The Switch which sold adulterated liquor the locals dubbed "pizen".

Soon to be the setting for the film:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/13501822/Clean-Plate-an-original-screenplay
 
2011-02-16 11:58:36 AM  

mod3072: Do you really expect me to believe that BP would do something to harm the environment?


If you would have read TFA, you would have known that BP did not 'cause' this pollution, but that they bough the site (and the liabilities that come with it). They are on the hook for making sure that it complies with all rules and regulations and ensure that things are cleaned up. This appearst to be where they are falling short.

The west is riddled with old mines that have all sorts of nasty things associated with them. Most of them are abandoned have no ownership legacy so the goverment is on the hook for cleaning them up.


In a sort of twisted scenario, we have a mine here that really does make an effort to protect the environemnt as much as possible. They acutally put togher a plan to start reclaiming some of these nearby and old abandoned mines. They did things like removing the tailings, closing and sealing audits, re-routing streams, etc and for a while things worked pretty well.

Then one day the goverment decided that it was best to ensure that this mine also became liable for all future envionrmental problems at these abandoned mines that they did any cleanup work on. As you could imagine the mine then said "fark you" and quit doing it.

Sometimes I have to shake my head at the stuipidity of our goverment.
 
2011-02-16 12:17:41 PM  
Cu in hell, BP!
 
2011-02-16 02:32:28 PM  
So, people who live in an area which was poisoned by unrestrained capitalist activity want the corporation who knowingly bought the land, including all its liabilities, to take responsibility for damage caused at the site? Good. This is reasonable. I don't understand why the public is so fooled into accepting that corporations should be allowed to externalize huge costs that they don't want to bear so that shareholders can make a huge profit and pass the costs onto the public. That is one of the huge problems with unfettered capitalism - these costs will always be externalized if the public allows it. It doesn't matter whether the damage was done to the site before BP bought it. Someone who profited or, in BP's case is willing to speculate for profit on this site, should be made to use said profits to repair damage done. Why do we continue to let these unconscionable psychopathic entities ravage the planet and pass the costs on to others? "Oh noes, without big corporations, there will be no jorbs!!" Wake up people. Responsible capitalism is necessary and can be enforced if you, the sheeple, demand it.
 
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