Date: Feb 29, 2012 6:28 PM
Subject: Solidarity: Have you been to Tsubaki?
The net is closing around media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Investigators in London report that senior News Corp. employees authorized hundreds of bribes to police officers and other government officials.1 And just this morning his disgraced son James stepped down from his role as executive chairman of News International.
But these reports of rampant criminal behavior have yet to trigger a prosecution of Murdoch here in the U.S., where executives can be held liable for systematically bribing foreign officials.2
News Corp. has also sought to mute coverage of the phone-hacking and bribery scandals across its news empire.
This is how Murdoch works. For years he's wielded his enormous media power to build his empire, fight the public interest and place himself and his fellow News Corp. executives above the law.
By urging Attorney General Eric Holder to fully investigate News Corp., you're joining more than 200,000 people who have already rejected Rupert Murdoch's campaign to avoid justice in the U.S. We'll be delivering these messages to the Justice Department soon — please sign now.
No media company, no matter how influential, should be allowed to dodge U.S. laws. Please add your name to this letter — and forward this email to all of your friends.
Tim, Josh, Libby and the Free Press team
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1. "A Fresh Blot on Murdoch's Sun," the New York Times, Feb. 27, 2012. http://act2.freepress.net/go/8846?akid=3312.9916736.rqO-jj&t=11
2. "News Corp.: Threat of U.S. Legal Action Raised in Light of 'Illegal Payment' Claim," the Guardian, Feb. 27, 2012. http://act2.freepress.net/go/8845?akid=3312.9916736.rqO-jj&t=13
3. "Long Haul Ahead Before Fallout for U.S. News Corp. Is Known," the Financial Times, Feb. 28, 2012. (behind a paywall) http://act2.freepress.net/go/8858?akid=3312.9916736.rqO-jj&t=15
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Update on the Proposed Sand Mine Next to Starved Rock State Park:
Challenging Permits and Looking for Systemic Reform to Protect our State Lands
Now that the project has been given the go-ahead at the county level, Mississippi Sand LLC must have permits approved from the DNR and IEPA for mining, air pollution, and wastewater discharges.
On February 6, the Illinois River Coordinating Council, composed of a diverse group of citizens, not-for-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies, chaired by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon heard pleas from the Sierra Club, Openlands, Prairie Rivers Network, SOARRING, and local residents to oppose the mine. In response, the council passed a resolution to monitor the local, state, and federal permitting process and seek public input at each level.
Act now to protect Starved Rock and Illinois' State lands from harmful pollution!
Mississippi Sand LLC has submited an application for an air permit to the IEPA and the Sierra Club has requested a public hearing in hopes that the public will have the opportunity to voice their concerns about air pollution.
The Sierra Club is concerned about the silica dust produced from the blasting and processing of the sandstone, which has been classified as a human lung carcinogen, causing silicosis. The dust contains particles that are so small they can't be seen with the naked eye, and so light-weight they can stay in the air for a long time and travel long distances. This is a hazard not only for mine workers but could affect nearby homeowners and the millions of visitors who hike in the canyons at Starved Rock.
Sign our petition to IDNR and IEPA to protect Starved Rock! Take Action Today!
Mississippi Sand plans to apply for an aggregate mining permit from the DNR in the next couple weeks and will also have to apply for a wastewater discharge permit (NDPES permit) from the IEPA. Wastewater discharges will flow from a tributary on the mine site into Horseshoe Creek and through the park. If sediment-laden water comes from the mine site it can clog fish gills, smother eggs and larvae; sediments settling on the bottom of creeks disrupt the natural riffle-run-pool underwater geography that aquatic animals need.
The proposed mine has also highlighted the need for systemic reform regarding protection of state-owned public lands, specifically the need to develop a process by which DNR can fulfill its role as a permiting agency for mining activities while at the same time being able to speak up as a property owner to protect state lands.
Please sign this new petition we will share with IDNR and IEPA who will need to grant permits to Mississippi Sand for the sand mine to proceed. This petition also calls for regulatory reform so IDNR will stand up as the guardian of our state lands.
You are receiving this message because you signed our earlier petition to the LaSalle County Board or the one we had at Bald Eagle Days.
Citizens of LaSalle County who oppose this mine should also contact their County Board members demanding that the County request DNR hold a public hearing on Mississippi Sand's permit application for aggregate mining.
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