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To protect Pennsylvanians, Governor Wolf needs to learn an important lesson

By Nadia Steinzor

November 1, 2016

Since the onset of the fracking boom nearly a decade ago, the oil and gas industry has fought to prevent effective state oversight of its Pennsylvania operations. The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) current lawsuit to block updated regulations (Chapter 78A) for shale wells is a clear signal that industry has no plans to change its usual, harmful tune.

With state palns in development to cut oil and gas methane pollution, as well as anti-environmental bills in the legislature, Pennsylvanians can only hope that Governor Wolf and legislative leaders have finally learned their lesson: always put the public interest first, and don’t believe industry’s false promises.

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Life at the #noDAPL camp

By Molly Dunton

October 28, 2016

On September 26th 2016, Earthworks landed in Bismarck, North Dakota. My colleague Hilary Lewis and I travelled there from our post in Washington, DC to report on the growing, Native American-led opposition to Energy Transfer Partner’s latest project known as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We didn’t have a specific address to navigate to, or even cell service to navigate with, but we knew to follow the highway south towards the town of Cannon Ball. Aside from a security checkpoint outside of the capitol city, staffed by some helpful National Guard officers, the journey was as desolate as it was beautiful.

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Joining with the Apache to defend their land from mining

By Pete Dronkers

October 11, 2016

A few weeks ago, both Earthworks and the San Carlos Apache Tribe filed lawsuits challenging the US Forest Service’s choice to do an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the impacts of work needed to better characterize the publicly-owned lands on which Resolution Copper wants to dump 1.5 billion tons (no, that is not a typo – billions with a B) of mine waste over a half dozen square miles near the San Carlos Apache’s reservation, east of Phoenix, Arizona. The Forest Service chose an EA instead of a more thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which considers the option of not building the dump.

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The Citizens Empowerment Project is now the Community Empowerment Project!

By Molly Dunton

October 3, 2016

For over 25 years, Earthworks has worked with frontline communities impacted by mining, drilling, and digging. Two and half years ago, we began using FLIR infrared technology to film and monitor emissions and leaks at oil and gas facilities around the country. In early 2016, these efforts became a formal part of Earthworks, known as the Citizens Empowerment Project (CEP). We opened our doors to concerned citizens everywhere, and began soliciting requests for the FLIR camera on our website.

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Mining Company Misbehavior Among the Largest Investment Risks

By Aaron Mintzes

September 20, 2016

Mining is risky business. Some major international mining companies have billions of dollars of investment at stake in their project portfolios. Last week, Ernst & Young (E&Y) released their annual Business Risks Facing Mining and Metals report. Topping this year’s list are concepts laden with financial jargon like cash optimization and capital access. Related listed challenges involve techniques for penny pinching or turning some money in to more money. Yet, E&Y’s report also reveals some of the greatest risks mining companies and their investors face having nothing to do with markets, commodity prices, or the boom and bust cycle. In fact, in any economy, these major risks are completely avoidable.

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