position Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary

Sylvia Baca has dealt with land, mineral and environmental issues while shuffling between the Department of the Interior and the private sector for fifteen years.

From 1995 to 2001, She served under President Clinton as the deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of Interior.  She ran the Bureau of Land Management for eight months in 1997, and in 2000 she became assistant secretary.

Leveling Appalachia: Excellent Short Documentary on Moutain Top Removal

Photo Credit: Charleston Gazette

Yale Environment 360, MediaStorm and Appalachian Voices have collaborated on a 20-minute documentary titled "Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountain Top Removal Mining."  The cinematography and testimonials are amazing, and the film is an excellent look at how coal companies like Massey Energy have the state of West Virginia at their mercy.  +

Coal Ash: Blatantly and Egregiously Hazardous

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For information on the coal industry's backroom lobbying to prevent the classification of coal ash as "hazardous," check out the recent DeSmogBlog/PolluterWatch report, Coal Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss My Ash [pdf]Also refer to the new Greenpeace map of high-hazard coal ash locations. +

Exxon Agrees to Pay $25 million for Superfund Cleanup in Newtown Creek

Photo credit: Oils Well in Brooklyn

A three year New York lawsuit against ExxonMobil over the cleanup of Newtown Creek, a heavily polluted section of Brooklyn's Greenpoint area, has resulted in the oil giant's agreement to contribute $25 million to boost remediation of the area, as well as $5 million in penalties and costs. +

Massey Officials Plea the Fifth in Upper Big Branch Disaster Investigation

Officials responsible for safety at the Upper Big Branch coal mine during the April 3rd, 2010 disaster have decided to live by the old maxim “better to keep your mouth shut and appear guilty than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” +

DeSmogBlog: Valero's Ties to Tar Sands Fueled Prop 23 Funding

The tar sands of northern Alberta, Canada can be seen from space.  Photo credit.

DeSmogBlog's Emma Pullman recently took a look at how Valero Energy's investments in the devastating tar sands of Alberta, Canada motivated their funding of Proposition 23.  +

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