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Obama Pauses New Coal Leases on Public Lands

By Aaron Mintzes

January 19, 2016

Fresh off his State of the Union promise, the President’s Department of Interior (DOI) announced today a pause on new coal leasing while they make necessary updates to our coal leasing system.

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More solar, fewer blue flames, safer communities, better climate

By Jennifer Krill

January 13, 2016

Natural gas is not cleaner than coal.

But thanks to boatloads of advertising and campaign contributions, oil and gas lobbyists has convinced many politicians, including President Obama, that replacing coal with natural gas is a viable way to stave off catastrophic climate change.

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What I Saw in Porter Ranch

By Pete Dronkers

January 12, 2016

It’s early December, and I’m siting in a mega-church packed with more than 500 people. They’re here to listen to an update on the efforts to contain an enormous natural gas blowout that occurred more than a month before. Gas from the leak is being blown by prevailing winds right into their community of Porter Ranch, in Los Angeles County, CA. 

People are mad. 

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New Transparency Report Reveals How Much Extractive Industries Pay the Government

By Aaron Mintzes

January 11, 2016

Last month, the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) published its first report. The good news is that the numbers match up well. A multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of industry, government, and civil society representatives decides which revenue streams the report will include. The Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) unilaterally disclosed all 2013 payments received from companies on public lands and waters. Unfortunately, only a disappointing 12% of eligible companies agreed to have their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) corporate income tax payments reconciled.

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Earthworking in 2016

By Jennifer Krill

January 6, 2016

Now that 2015 is behind us, we at Earthworks are looking forward to an exciting 2016. Here are are some of the things we expect in the coming year.

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