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Earthworks Joins Brief to Peru Court Challenging Conga

By Shreema Mehta

July 24, 2014

This week, Earthworks joined Earthrights International and the Center for International Environmental Law in filing an amicus curiae [friend of the court brief] to the Peruvian Constitutional Court in support of Grufides' case.

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Tagged with: mining, no dirty gold, peru, conga


Former Mayor Featured in Gasland Movies Launches California Speaking Tour

By Jhon Arbelaez

July 24, 2014

Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, TX, is speaking to fracking affected communities in California this week, from July 24th through July 26th. Calvin's story has been featured in the films Gasland and Gasland II. He will be talking about his own experiences with fracking, effects on public health and the environment, and property rights.

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Tagged with: fracking, texas, california, dish


Welcome growling over shale gas oversight

By Nadia Steinzor

July 23, 2014

Pennsylvanians whose health and quality of life have been disrupted by gas development certainly have a personal “dog in the fight” for better industry oversight and accountability. But they might not have expected help in that quest from the state’s fiscal watchdog—who yesterday strongly criticized the ability of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to track problems and respond to the public. 

In a report on DEP’s protection of water quality in the face of shale gas drilling, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale detailed serious lapses in how DEP works with drillers who have caused water pollution; communicates investigation results to residents; registers citizen complaints; conducts inspections of gas sites; and tracks waste. 

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection, water contamination


Coming Soon: A New Standard for More Responsible Mining

By Shreema Mehta

July 22, 2014

Earthworks is part of a multistakeholder group working to develop the world's first certification system for more responsible mining. Today, the group releases the first draft of the standards for public comment. Here's a message from the committee about these groundbreaking standards.

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Tagged with: certification, irma, standards


In Solidarity with Argentina

By Jhon Arbelaez

July 21, 2014

A recent report by Accenture named Argentina as the best placed country, outside of North America, to develop its shale resources.

Why? Argentina holds some of the largest natural gas reserves in the world - 200 trillion cubic feet more than the United States.

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Tagged with: fracking, international, argentina


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