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Earthworks is the only U.S. environmental nonprofit that focuses exclusively on the destructive impacts of resource extraction.

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Earthworks statement on BLM ruling

Earthworks

September 21, 2017

Earlier today, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a lower court’s ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not have the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on lands owned by all Americans and managed for them by the BLM. In response, Earthworks’ Energy Program Director made this statement:

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Environmental and Public Interest Groups Condemn Racist Violence and Intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 16, 2017

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President Trump’s Executive Order: A steamroller over communities, health & environment

Earthworks

August 15, 2017

“President Trump’s executive order on infrastructure isn’t a ‘streamline’; it is a steam roller over our bedrock environmental protections at the expense of public health and communities. Ostensibly issued to speed the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure, today’s order instead weakens his administration’s enforcement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and provides another corporate giveaway at our expense.

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Coalition Challenges Water Pollution Permit for Montanore Mine

Earthworks and Earthjustice

August 15, 2017

Helena, MT – A coalition of conservation groups took legal action today to protect clean water and native trout on wild public lands in northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains from pollution threatened by development of a massive copper and silver mine. The coalition filed a lawsuit asking a state district court judge to overturn a water pollution discharge permit for the Montanore Mine Project, which would bore beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness south of Libby, Montana.

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Members of Congress announce 1872 Mining Law reform

Earthworks

August 3, 2017

“We are so grateful to Senators Udall, Bennet, Heinrich, and Representative Luján for championing reform of the antiquated 1872 Mining Law.

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Federal Appeals Court orders EPA to reinstate methane pollution rule

August 1, 2017

“Again a court has told Scott Pruitt's EPA that he can't wave away the rule of law just because his oil and gas industry cronies find it inconvenient."

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New Study: 74% of U.S. gold mines pollute water

July 20, 2017

Washington, D.C., July 20 -- A new study of U.S. gold mines’ operating records reveals that major gold mines surveyed by the United States Geological Survey have spilled contaminants, and 74% polluted water with cyanide, arsenic, nitrates or other hazardous materials. Earthworks and Great Basin Resource Watch released U.S. Gold Mines: Spills & Failures Report the same day the House Natural Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing on mining reform.

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Tagged with: mining, gold, water pollution, 1872 mining law, house subcommittee on energy and mineral resources


FERC expansion a gift to the fossil fuel industry

Earthworks

July 19, 2017

“Today, the House of Representatives voted 180 to 249 to reduce local control over interstate gas pipelines, in favor of expanding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Bringing Reductions to Energy's Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act amendment to the Smoggy Skies Act (Ozone Standards Implementation Act, H.R. 806) fails

Earthworks

July 18, 2017

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Hundreds of thousands threatened by Pruitt’s proposal to block EPA oil & gas methane safeguards

Earthworks and Clean Air Task Force

July 10, 2017

Washington, D.C., July 10th –On the same day the Environmental Protection Agency takes public comment on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to stay for 2 years the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to limit oil and gas methane pollution, a new analysis shows more than 203,000 Americans, including more than 51,000 children, live within ½ mile of the more than 18,000 oil and gas facilities affected by the Pruitt’s proposal. Peer-reviewed science has found that harmful air pollution from oil and gas and negative health effects are significantly correlatedwith proximity to oil and gas industry sites, such as wells and compressor stations.

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DC Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Protecting the Environment and Public Health with Decision overturning Pruitt EPA Methane Rule Stay

Earthworks and Clean Air Task Force

July 3, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today reinstated EPA’s oil and gas methane pollution standards that the Agency had suspended since early June.  These standards provide Americans living near new oil and gas development much-needed protections from pollution caused by the industry.  The three-judge panel agreed with environmental and public health groups’ claims, acting on the groups’ emergency motion.  The majority found the stay to be unlawful and voted 2-1 to reinstate the rule, stating that EPA had no authority to issue the original stay.

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Trump’s EPA attacks clean water

Earthworks

June 27, 2017

Today, the Trump administration initiated the process to repeal the Landmark federal protections for smaller streams and wetland, limiting the scope of the Clean Water Act.

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TXGN Releases New Report Detailing Impacts of Oil & Gas Pollution on Children, Families in Texas

Texas Grassroots Network

June 20, 2017

Today, the Texas Grassroots Network (TXGN), released a new report titled "Oil & Gas Pollution's Impacts on Texas Families” which outlines how oil and gas development in Texas has exacerbated air pollution and public health issues, like asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The report tells the stories of three Texans, including a four-year- old boy, whose health has deteriorated as a result of harmful air pollution from oil and gas activities. 

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Trump Administration attacks clean, breathable air

Earthworks

June 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Announcements this week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will delay Obama-era methane pollution rules. The rules aimed to limit methane pollution from oil and gas facilities.

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Groups File the First Lawsuit Against a Trump EPA Action to Stay Emissions Reduction Requirements of a Climate Regulation

Earthworks and Clean Air Task Force

June 5, 2017

Washington, D.C., Jun 5th – Today, Clean Air Task Force, on behalf of Earthworks along with other environmental groups dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. reduces its greenhouse gas emissions,sued EPA in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C. over its decision to stay for 90 days the effectiveness of certain methane and other air pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. In the wake of the Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the groups have filed a motion seeking to immediately stop the EPA action, marking the first legal challenge filed against a Trump Administration’s EPA action to stay emission reduction requirements of a climate regulation.

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Statement of Earthworks’ Executive Director, Jennifer Krill, on the Trump administration's decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement

Earthworks

May 31, 2017

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Navajo resident testifies to Congress that BLM methane rule is necessary to protect health, cut waste

Earthworks

May 24, 2017

Statement of Kendra Pinto of Twin Pines, located in the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico near Chaco Canyon in the San Juan Basin:
“The laws of the Navajo Nation and the United States of America should protect people, our lands, and our health. Without the Interior Department’s rule to curb methane emissions on public lands, we allow the oil and gas industry to burn our money, and our health, away.”

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Senate votes to keep BLM methane rule intact to protect taxpayers and public health

Earthworks

May 10, 2017

Today, the Senate voted not to block an Interior Department regulation that will reduce methane emissions and associated toxic air pollution from oil and gas operations on public lands. Oil and gas industry advocates in Congress attempted to use the Congressional Review Act to roll back these common-sense rules, but did but failed 49 to 51. The rule, finalized by the Department of Interior in 2016, prevents natural gas waste, saving both the taxpayers and the energy industry money in the long term. This important rule also protects public health and the climate. Carcinogens, like benzene, are often colocated within methane emissions -- methane is a potent greenhouse gas.

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Peruvian Supreme Court Acquits Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

Earthworks | SumOfUs

May 3, 2017

Washington, DC -- Today, the Supreme Court of Peru upheld a lower court decision in favor of local farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family in their fight to protect their land near the proposed Conga gold mine. The Conga mine is a proposed project of the Peruvian subsidiary of US-based Newmont Mining, who brought the aggravated assault suit against Máxima.

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Earthworks expands state-based effort to cut oil & gas pollution that harms health and climate

Earthworks

May 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today Earthworks announces the expansion of its Community Empowerment Project (CEP) to push state governments to cut the oil and gas industry’s climate and health damaging air pollution. The expansion is made possible by a 3-year, $3 million grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Video shows massive waste, air pollution at oil & gas sites on public lands

Earthworks

April 28, 2017

Vernal, UT -- Earthworks released a video taken April 25 showing massive amounts of otherwise invisible air pollution on public lands in Utah, just west of Grand Junction, Colorado. The video comes right as Senate leaders say they will vote on whether to use the Congressional Review Act to permanently revoke the Bureau of Land Management's natural gas waste rule that would significantly reduce this pollution in January 2018.

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New nationwide coalition unites to stop Energy Transfer Partners

Earthworks and partners

April 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 25 -- Today, a diverse coalition of communities represented by more than two dozen organizations across the country launched a coordinated effort to challenge Energy Transfer Partners’ (ETP) operations with an open letter to ETP that outlines their grievances and demands. The coalition has launched the website StopETP.org as an online hub for the campaign.

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Four Mining Activists Honored with 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize

Earthworks

April 24, 2017

San Francisco, CA -- Today, the Goldman Environmental Foundation awarded six grassroots environmental activists the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Four out of six of this year’s Prize winners are fighting to stop mining and drilling projects near their homes and communities.

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Newmont Mining Advises Shareholders to Reject Human Rights Protections

Earthworks and partners

April 20, 2017

New York, April 20, 2017 - Newmont Mining Corporation’s (NYSE - NEM) Board of Directors advised its shareholders to vote against a Stockholder Proposal calling for the company to assess and reduce human rights risks of their global mining operations. The vote will be tallied at Newmont’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held today at 11am at the St. Regis Hotel, New York.

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Safe Energy Future Plan would end preferential treatment for oil and gas polluters

Earthworks and NRDC

April 6, 2017

Washington D.C. -- Today Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced a legislative package, collectively dubbed the Safe Energy Future Plan, in response to flagrant oil and gas loopholes that degrade our air, water, climate, and health.

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Trump Climate EO Would Roll Back Community Protections Too

Earthworks

March 28, 2017

At 2pm today, the Trump Administration is expected to release a sweeping executive order rolling back climate initiatives put in place during the previous administration. Based on last night's White House briefing, Earthworks' Policy Director Lauren Pagel has the following statement:

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Unprecedented rule could give California communities the power to protect themselves from oil & gas air pollution

Earthworks

March 23, 2017

Sacramento, Washington DC, March 23 - Today, as the comment period closed on the California Air Resources Board’s proposed rule to cut methane pollution from oil & gas air facilities, Earthworks urged CARB to adopt the rule.

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Statement of Lauren Pagel, Earthworks policy director, on the House Natural Resources Committee Oversight Hearing on The Importance of Domestically Sourced Raw Materials for Infrastructure Projects

March 21, 2017

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PA Communities Demonstrate Support for Critical Methane Emission Rules at State Capitol

Earthworks and partners

March 21, 2017

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Oil, Gas Exploration to Begin Within Big Cypress National Preserve

Earthworks and partners

March 20, 2017

Naples, FL – The Burnett Oil Company has set March 27 as the date they will begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge has yet to rule whether the work can proceed.

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Administration Sounds Death Knell for Transparency Initiative

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

March 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has halted U.S. efforts to seek validation by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global anti-corruption effort to bring openness and accountability to the oil, gas and mining sectors. As civil society members of the U.S. EITI, we are saddened and alarmed that the United States will no longer comply with the standard of a crucial transparency initiative that it has supported since 2003.

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Trump’s budget prioritizes mining & fracking over public health

Earthworks

March 16, 2017

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SB 1868 would require local hearings for oil & gas wells proposed within 1,500ft of schools & daycares

Earthworks

March 15, 2017

Austin -- Late last week Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-21) introduced SB 1868 to require the Texas Railroad Commission to hold a public hearing in the county where an operator seeks to permit an oil and gas well within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare. In 2015, HB 40 effectively removed communities’ power to govern the oil and gas industry within their boundaries in favor of regulation by the state Railroad Commission and Texas Council on Environmental Quality.

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New bill would protect 221,000 kids’ health & education

Earthworks

March 9, 2017

Today, Representative Terry Canales (D-40th) introduced HB3403, the “Protect Our Children Act” to grant municipalities the power to govern oil and gas operations within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare. In 2015, HB40 effectively removed municipalities’ power to govern the oil and gas industry within their boundaries in favor of the state Railroad Commission and Texas Council on Environmental Quality.

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Lax state permitting of oil and gas operations undermines air quality & public health

February 28, 2017

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Feb 28 -- A groundbreaking analysis reveals the way the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforces the federal Clean Air Act can actually undermine air quality and public health. Permitted to Pollute: how oil & gas operators and regulators exploit clean air protections and put the public at risk investigates the impact of a common regulatory practice: allowing operators to expand and change processing and compression facilities under older permits designed for smaller, more limited activities.

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Pruitt’s EPA looks to be a disaster for communities & environment

February 21, 2017

Statement of Earthworks Policy Director Lauren Pagel

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House votes to roll back BLM methane rule, sends American tax dollars up in flames

Earthworks

February 3, 2017

"Americans deserve better then to see their tax dollars go up in flames. By voting to roll back the Interior Department’s natural gas waste rule, the House of Representatives put the oil and gas industry’s profits ahead of the public’s pocketbook. Without this rule, companies will continue to waste $330 million each year in taxpayer-owned natural gas extracted from public lands owned by all Americans. In the process oil and gas companies will also pollute our communities with carcinogens like benzene, and the climate with methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more harmful than carbon dioxide."

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Trump picks industry puppet to lead EPA

Earthworks

January 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, owns a track record that puts him directly at odds with the mission of the agency which he hopes to head.

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Zinke’s Opportunity to Champion America’s Public Lands

Earthworks

January 17, 2017

President-elect Trump has nominated freshman Member of Congress Ryan Zinke of Montana to lead the Interior Department, the agency charged with governing most of our public lands and all federally owned minerals. Although Congressman Zinke has repeatedly stated his commitment to keeping public lands public, he recently joined House Republicans to vote for a rule that would make it easier to transfer federal public lands to states.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Wolves, Lynx From PolyMet Copper Mine

Center for Biological Diversity | Earthworks

January 10, 2017

DULUTH, Minn.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Earthworks today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service under the Endangered Species Act for their approval of the PolyMet open-pit copper mine on the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. The open-pit mine would destroy important habitat for the gray wolf and Canada lynx, both listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued its “biological opinion” on the mine proposal in February 2016, and the Forest Service issued its decision on the related land exchange on Jan. 9, 2017.

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Trump picks climate denier, polluter to set international policy

Earthworks

January 10, 2017

Washington, D.C.-- In suggesting Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to head the State Department, President-elect Donald Trump has selected someone whose personal and professional history demonstrates a fundamental conflict of interest with the mission of the agency he would have them lead.

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Tests Reveal Increased Selenium Pollution In Trout Downstream of Smoky Canyon Mine

Crow Creek Conservation Alliance | Earthworks

January 10, 2017

New tests released today show that selenium pollution has substantially increased in trout downstream from Simplot’s Smoky Canyon Mine, with levels four times the criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent defects and reproductive failure in fish. Crow Creek Conservation Alliance and Earthworks released the results as they’re calling upon Simplot and federal agencies to accelerate clean-up and prevent future pollution as required by the mine’s operating permit.

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EPA releases proposed rule requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting toxic pollution

Environmental Integrity Project

January 6, 2017

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Oil and gas wastewater injection well maps show their earthquake threats to communities, infrastructure

FracTracker | Earthworks

December 21, 2016

Today FracTracker Alliance releasedinteractive maps of Oklahoma and Kansasshowing the location and volume of all active oil and gas Class II Salt Water Disposal (SWD) wastewater injection wells in the states, and their proximity to geologic faults and earthquakes. Publicly available interactive regional maps of these wells/volumes in proximity to faults and quakes are unprecedented.

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Science trumps politics, EPA confirms fracking pollutes drinking water

Earthworks

December 13, 2016

"In releasing its final study, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, today the Environmental Protection Agency definitively confirmed that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water in multiple ways, including the overly restrictive definition that the oil and gas industry uses.

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President-elect Trump taps Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary

Earthworks

December 9, 2016

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers belongs to the mining industry. She co-sponsored the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (HR 1904) and is a major booster for the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (HR 1937). HR 1904 resulted in the transfer of sacred Apache lands to a foreign mining company, while HR 1937 subverts communities by severely undermining the public input process in mining permit decisions.

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Fracking threatens unique desert oasis in west Texas

Earthworks and Save Our Springs Too

November 3, 2016

Toyahvale & Dallas, TX, Nov 3 -- Released today, a new scientific analysis of the system of springs feeding Texas’ Balmorhea State Park in the Chihuahuan Desert indicates that new oil and gas production proposed by Apache Corp. could pollute or otherwise disrupt the springs that make Balmorhea a global tourist destination. The report was authored by hydrologist Tom Myers, Ph.D for the Balmorhea-community group Save Our Springs Too and national environmental group Earthworks.

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EPA releases oil & gas smog guidelines

Earthworks

October 20, 2016

"While we applaud President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency for finalizing voluntary control techniques guidelines (CTGs) for smog-forming pollution from oil and gas production, EPA has not yet applied these guidelines to 70 percent of wells in affected areas: low producing wells.

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World’s 2nd largest gold mining company’s own investigation shows it violated international standards, and its own

September 28, 2016

Washington, D.C., Sep 28 --  A year-long investigation commissioned and funded by the world’s second largest gold producer, Newmont Mining, today reports that its Peruvian subsidiary ignored human rights standards, “prioritized eviction and litigation over dialogue,” and violated its own standards in its land dispute with Peruvian subsistence farmers. 

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