August 12, 2016
Earthworks and Idaho partners
August 3, 2016
Boise, ID – The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of conservationists, finding that a Forest Service decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The court decision invalidates the company’s mining plan and requires the Forest Service to conduct further analysis of the proposed mining exploration and evaluate less invasive alternatives for activities in the Wilderness.
August 2, 2016
Earthworks and methane partners
July 21, 2016
Sacramento, July 21 -- Today the California Air Resources Board first meets to publicly consider its proposed rule to limit methane and associated toxic pollution from oil and gas facilities. While CARB still has the opportunity to strengthen the rule in a few key ways, environmental groups from around the state and the country lauded the rule as an example to follow for other states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency
Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of HR 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017
July 14, 2016
“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk, including:
Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338)
July 14, 2016
“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk". These provisions include:
Report: EPA must avoid coal mine self-bonding fiasco to ensure metal mines pay for hazardous waste clean-up, not taxpayers
Earthworks | Center for Science in Public Participation
July 12, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC / MISSOULA, MT - - Today Earthworks released a report, Making Polluters Pay -- How EPA can ensure mining companies, not taxpayers, pay for mine clean-up, calling upon the Environmental Protection Agency to learn from recent financial fallout of coal mining bankruptcies as it writes rules to require mining companies provide guaranteed funds, up front, for hazardous waste clean-up at metal mines.
Bold Oklahoma | Earthworks | Stop Fracking Payne County
July 12, 2016
In partnership with Bold Oklahoma and Stop Fracking Payne County, today Earthworks released new infrared videos of oil and gas air pollution in Oklahoma. The infrared videos -- which make visible normally invisible air pollution -- along with video testimonials from impacted community members are part of a national interactive map created by Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance, OilAndGasThreatMap.com.
Statement on passage of bill to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry
Earthworks, et al
June 16, 2016
Center for Coalfield Justice * Clean Air Council * Clean Water Action * Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania * Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Earthjustice * Earthworks * League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania * Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper * Mountain Watershed Association * Natural Resources Defense Council * PennEnvironment * Penn Future * Save Our Streams * Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter
Harrisburg, PA, June 16, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, express their strong disappointment over the passage of SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House and Senate yesterday and is expected to become law.
Statement on Pennsylvania legislative action to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry
Earthworks et. al.
June 8, 2016
Harrisburg, PA, June 8, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, oppose SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this morning.
May 12, 2016
Today, the Obama administration finalized the first national standard to cut methane pollution from new and modified sources of oil and gas production. The rule will also cut associated pollution emitted with methane: volatile organic compounds like benzene, a carcinogen.
May 9, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earthworks, an international organization that campaigns to protect communities from the negative impacts of resource extraction, announces the addition of two distinguished experts to its Board of Directors.
Earthworks | NRDC | Environmental Integrity Project
May 4, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment.
Earthworks and partners
May 2, 2016
Earthworks et. al.
April 21, 2016
Harrisburg, PA – Environmental and citizen groups representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians welcomed today’s decision by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to move revised oil and gas regulations toward final passage and implementation.
Earthworks et. al.
April 19, 2016
For too long, oil and gas operators in Pennsylvania have conducted their activities under outdated regulations and limited oversight—factors that have helped spur ever-growing impacts on water, air, health, and communities.
Peruvian farmer wins 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting world's 2nd largest gold miner to a standstill
April 18, 2016
Cajamarca, Peru & San Francisco, CA -- Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe today won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her ongoing fight to protect her home and community from the Conga mine. The announcement came as Newmont (NYSE: NEM) removed its proposed Conga gold mine in northern Peru from its list of reserves in its annual filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“We are happy that Newmont has finally faced facts and abandoned Conga,” said 2016 Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, who has been embroiled in a struggle with the multinational mining company for control of her land. She continued, “The fact is our way of life, and the clean water we need to sustain it, is more important to us than Newmont’s new gold mine ever could be. We know from Newmont’s Yanacocha mine that, no matter their promises, we can’t have both the mine and our way of life.”
Conservationists Take Legal Action to Protect Wilderness Rivers and Wildlife Threatened by Proposed Montanore Mine in Northwest Montana
Earthworks | Clark Fork Coalition | Save Our Cabinets
April 4, 2016
Missoula, MT – A coalition of conservation groups have filed suit to protect wilderness rivers and streams and threatened bull trout from the dewatering effects of the proposed Montanore Mine, a massive copper and silver mine that would excavate for ore under the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwestern Montana. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Missoula.
April 1, 2016
Earthworks et. al.
March 25, 2016
SANTA FE, NM — Yesterday, groups working to protect New Mexico’s water resources and wildlife asked the state Supreme Court to review the Martinez Administration’s “Pit Rule”. The Rule governs the storage and disposal of wastes at oil and gas drilling pits in New Mexico.
New Analysis: Ignoring best practices, four BC/Alaska transboundary mines risk repeating Mount Polley disaster
Earthworks | MiningWatch Canada | Rivers Without Borders
March 22, 2016
In the midst of deliberations over the British Columbia Mining Code, an international coalition today released, Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia, a new analysis revealing that four major BC mine projects in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region fail to implement the recommendations of the Mount Polley expert panel, risking similar mine waste containment disasters. The Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, occurred in August 2014, releasing over 25 million cubic meters of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed.
March 10, 2016
“With today’s announcement, President Obama starts to get serious about oil and gas methane pollution.
Prior to this announcement, his Administration has largely focused on pollution from yet-to-be-built oil and gas facilities. This announcement is of enormous importance because it deals with the main problem - existing facilities.
March 2, 2016
Statement of Earthworks Executive Director regarding tomorrow’s hearing before Senate Environment and Public Works Committe
State and Federal Agencies Approve Mine Underneath Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Northwest Montana
Earthworks, Earthjustice et. al.
February 12, 2016
HELENA, MT --- State and federal agencies today approved the Montanore copper-silver mine proposed underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest. The mine project planned by Mines Management Inc. (NYSE-MARKET: MGN) will disturb more than 1,500 acres adjacent to the Wilderness and remove up to 120 million tons of ore from tunnels that extend underneath it. Despite the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Record of Decision admitting that the full mine project will violate state water quality law, the Forest Service has nevertheless approved the full mine.
Earthworks, Ohio Environmental Council, et al
February 3, 2016
On Monday night, hundreds of residents living in Crooksville, Ohio were evacuated from their homes when a natural gas transmission line spewed methane into the air near their village. Residents within a half mile radius of the leak were ordered to leave their homes and take up shelter at Crooksville High School.
Court Orders Environmental Protection Agency to Finalize Rules so Polluters Pay for Their Own Toxic Messes
Earthworks, Earthjustice et. al.
January 29, 2016
WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop letting polluters off the financial hook for contamination they caused. The judges directed the EPA to finalize long-awaited “financial assurance” regulations that will first apply to metal (hard rock) mining and other industries.
January 22, 2016
Pennsylvania action on rules to cut methane pollution will help public health, address climate change
Earthworks, CATF, Sierra Club, NRDC
January 19, 2016
(Washington, D.C. – January 19, 2016) National environmental advocacy groups today expressed gratitude to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for acting on climate as he previewed rules that will cut methane pollution from the state's oil and gas sector. Pennsylvania, as the second largest natural gas producing state in the U.S., is a significant contributor of the man-made methane pollution that is warming the planet at an alarming rate as it worsens the state's already-poor air quality.
December 2, 2015
Washington, D.C., Dec 2 -- Today 128 groups sent a letter to the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency calling for stricter limits and stronger standards for methane pollution from oil and gas development. On Sep 18, the EPA proposed a Methane Pollution Standard to cut methane pollution from new and modified sources as part the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan.
At BHP Billiton shareholder meeting, protesters demand justice for Brazilian mining disaster victims
Earthworks, Greenpeace Brazil, Greenpeace Australia
November 18, 2015
Perth, Australia, Nov 19 – Greenpeace protesters today disrupted BHP Billiton’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to demand justice for the thousands of victims of the mining waste spill that destroyed the historic Brazilian town of Mariana in Minas Gerais state. The Germano iron mine, whose tailings (waste) dam failed on November 5th, is operated by Samarco - a joint venture co-owned by Australia-based BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, and Brazil-based Vale S.A, one of the world’s five largest mining companies.
November 6, 2015
“Today the environmental community is cheering. Organizations and individuals from across the country came together to demand President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and today our voices were recognized.
Earthworks and Center for Science in Public Participation
November 6, 2015
Washington, D.C. -- A mine waste dam at the Germano open-pit iron ore mine in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais breached yesterday, flooding the downstream area with mining waste and causing fatalities. The Germano facility is co-owned by two of the world’s largest mining companies, Brazilian Vale SA and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton.
November 5, 2015
“We thank Senators Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Wyden, Markey and others for introducing legislation to reform the 1872 Mining Law.
If this bill had been law before the Gold King Mine waste disaster the Animas River might never have been polluted, and downstream communities in Colorado and New Mexico might never have suffered.
Fracking-Harmed Residents Travel to Washington, D.C. to Call On EPA to Stop Ignoring Its Own Science on Water Pollution
Earthworks and Food & Water Watch
October 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today residents from communities across the country with fracking contaminated drinking water joined with advocates at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board public meetings to demand that EPA stop ignoring its own evidence of fracking water pollution, and correct the faulty declaration that the agency did “not find evidence that [fracking has] led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources”.
EPA to Propose New Rule Requiring Hundreds of Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution
Earthworks et al.
October 27, 2015
Washington, D.C. – In response to a petition and lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting the toxic chemicals they release.
October 1, 2015
Earthworks, Deep Sea Mining Campaign et. al.
September 28, 2015
Texas Scientists, Communities, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Speak Out for Strong Rules to Reduce Harmful Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas Activity
Earthworks et al
September 23, 2015
DALLAS, Tex -- Sept 23 -- Today, faith leaders, scientists, and community members told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency why strong federal rules are needed to protect human health and the climate from oil and gas development’s air pollution. EPA held a hearing today at City Hall to collect public comments on its proposal to reduce methane and associated air pollution from oil and gas activity.
September 16, 2015
“Blaming the EPA for the Animas River mine waste disaster is like blaming the fire department for kicking down your door to put out your house fire. After you ignored the fire marshal’s warnings. And cut the fire department’s budget.
September 15, 2015
WASHINGTON — A coalition of more than 400 organizations and leaders will deliver a historic letter to the White House on Tuesday calling on President Obama to stop new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans in the United States.
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Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on Sep 8 House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing regarding the Gold King Mine/Animas River disaster
September 9, 2015
"Blaming the EPA for the Animas River mine waste disaster is like blaming the fire department for kicking down your door to put out your house fire. After you ignored the fire marshal’s warnings. And cut the fire department’s budget."
In response to the Court of Appeals request that the Colorado Supreme Court hear the Longmont fracking ban case, the groups intervening in the case—Our Longmont, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club and Earthworks—issued the following statement
Earthworks, Our Longmont, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club
August 19, 2015
"We applaud the court for recognizing the legitimacy of Longmont's democratically enacted ban on fracking, the depth of public interest and concern, and the need for re-examining prior Supreme Court rulings on this issue. It is exceptionally rare for the Appellate Court to kick a decision up to the Supreme Court due to the profound implications of its decision.
August 18, 2015
August 14, 2015
“We applaud Senator Heinrich’s focus on the root cause of Colorado’s Animas River mine disaster -- the antiquated 1872 Mining Law. When he introduces his bill this fall, we will take a step towards finally creating a dedicated fund to clean up the half million old mines that plague the West. Mining law reform will ensure that other communities do not have to endure the tragedy that Colorado, New Mexico and Utah are currently living.
Earthworks, San Juan Citizens Alliance, INFORM
August 11, 2015
A toxic mining waste spill near Durango, Colorado spewed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from the Gold King mine near Silverton into the Animas River last Wednesday.
“Last week’s tragic mining waste spill damaged wildlife, critical drinking water sources, tourism and agriculture for communities all along the Animas and San Juan rivers,” said Dan Olson, Executive Director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance. “While we need to address the immediate impacts of this disaster, we also need action to address the thousands of inactive mines across Colorado.”
August 3, 2015
“We applaud President Obama’s commitment to tackling climate change. The shifts that have been made in the final Clean Power Plan to encourage renewables and energy efficiency over natural gas represent the kind of change the US needs,” said Jennifer Krill, Earthworks Executive Director. “Any support for dirty fossil fuels like fracked oil and gas threatens our health and climate.”
Save Our Cabinets | Clark Fork Coalition | Earthworks
July 23, 2015
MISSOULA, MT (July 23, 2015) – In its response to concerns raised by conservation groups and local landowners about the Montanore Mine in northwest Montana, the Regional Office of the U.S. Forest Service yesterday acknowledged that there are numerous and serious deficiencies in the agency’s environmental review of the copper-silver mine proposed for development underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.
Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness from Needlessly Destructive Mining Activities
Earthworks et al
July 7, 2015
Boise, ID – Conservationists filed a lawsuit today against a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, calling the proposed plan needlessly destructive to this nationally treasured landscape.
BC & Alaska indigenous leaders attending Seabridge Gold shareholder meeting to protest risky mine plan
Earthworks, MiningWatch Canada, United Tribal Transboundary Mining Working Group
June 24, 2015
Toronto, June 24 - British Columbia and Alaska indigenous leaders today are calling upon Seabridge Gold’s leadership and investors to prevent more disasters like Mount Polley. Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA)(NYSE:SA) is a junior mining company proposing what would be North America’s largest open pit mine near British Columbia’s northwest border with Alaska. The mine is located under an active glacier, as well as upstream from major salmon fishing waters and the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular tourist destination.
June 17, 2015
Peer-reviewed analysis released day after HB40 forces Denton City Council to yield fracking oversight to state