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Trump’s EPA ignores science, paves the way for Pebble mine

By Bonnie Gestring

May 15, 2017

Friday, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency reversed course on the agency’s long standing efforts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and America’s most valuable wild salmon fishery.

In announcing a deal with Canadian-based Northern Dynasty to settle the company’s legal fight, the EPA has agreed to drop its 2014 proposed determination to protect the salmon fishery from the Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum open-pit mine proposal.

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Tagged with: mining, pebble mine, alaska, our bristol bay


Court approves seismic testing in Florida panther habitat

By Nadia Steinzor

May 4, 2017

One of the first lessons everyone has to learn in life is the meaning of “no.” As in, there are some things you just shouldn’t do because of the consequences and harm to others.

By seeking to drill any time, anywhere, the oil and gas industry clearly doesn’t think this concept applies to them. Unfortunately, Earthworks and its partners recently lost a legal battle to show them it does, and to make sure that public agencies put the public interest ahead of corporate interests. 

In late April, a US District Court judge in Florida ruled that the National Park Service (NPS) hadn’t violated federal environmental laws when it decided Burnett Oil could conduct seismic testing for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve. 

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Tagged with: fracking, florida, big cypress, panther


Premature pipeline partying

By Nadia Steinzor

April 24, 2017

Earlier this year, the natural gas industry declared in an exuberant report that new pipelines will “uncork” the production bottleneck and create a second boom in Utica and Marcellus Shale development. 

This vision is currently on stark display in Pennsylvania and Ohio. On a recent trip for Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project, a colleague and I were dismayed to see pipeline cuts and compressor station scarring the landscape—including in areas absent of such activity several months ago.   

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Tagged with: fracking, pipelines, atlantic coast pipeline


Newmont Mining Opposes Human Rights Shareholder Proposal

By Hilary Lewis

April 21, 2017

Yesterday, Earthworks and our partners at SumOfUs.org attended the Annual General Meeting of the world’s second largest gold mining company, Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation. The meeting is open to all shareholders and is where shareholders (and their proxies) vote on standard resolutions about corporate governance and CEO pay. Importantly for communities, shareholder-led resolutions are also considered.

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Tagged with: mining, newmont, maxima, agm


The Safe Energy Future Plan: Ending Special Treatment for the Oil and Gas Industry

By Aaron Mintzes

April 10, 2017

This week, Rep. Cartwright (D-PA), DeGette (D-CO), Polis (D-CO), and Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Safe Energy Future Plan, a suite of bills providing critical protections to communities by closing oil and gas industry loopholes in our bedrock environmental laws.

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Tagged with: polis, degette, frack pack, schakowsky, safe energy future plan, cartwright


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