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Court approves seismic testing in Florida panther habitat

May 4, 2017 • Nadia Steinzor

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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Park Service Okays Thumper Trucks in Florida Panther habitat

August 9, 2016 • Aaron Mintzes

Last week, we filed suit against the National Park Service for allowing oil and gas exploration activities in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve. Located adjacent to the Everglades, the Big Cypress National Preserve is a national treasure, home to an array of endangered species and a special place enjoyed by many for its recreational, educational, and aesthetic value.

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Victory: Mexico Seabed Mining Project Scrapped

May 13, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

Coastal communities living in Baja California Sur, Mexico, achieved a huge victory recently in blocking an offshore mining project -- one of several proposed projects to dredge up minerals from the sea.

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Letter Asking for End to Pipe-Induced Wildlife Mortality on Public Lands

June 22, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

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Review of “Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Jaguar”

August 9, 2013 • Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D and Donovan S. Power, M.S.
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Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Jaguar

August 9, 2013 • Earthworks et. al.
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Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Jaguar

August 9, 2013 • Earthworks et. al.
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Third strike for the Rock Creek Mine proposal. Hopefully, it’s out.

June 23, 2010 • Bonnie Gestring

Strike three for the Rock Creek mine proposal
It s good news for our ongoing effort to protect Montana s Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area and the area s threatened bull trout and grizzly bear populations from the proposed Rock Creek Mine.  

On May 5, 2010, a federal court tossed out the mine permit, saying it fails to minimize impacts to water quality and fisheries.  

This is the third time that the court has ruled against this project.  The mine must now go back to the drawing board to develop a revised plan.  With your support, we will continue our efforts to protect this important ecosystem.

Strike... four? The fisheries challenge in Montana State Court
In 2008, EARTHWORKS and our partners also contested a permit issued by the State of Montana, challenging the large amount of sediment that the mine is expected to discharge into Rock Creek, a lower Clark Fork tributary that supports a crucial population of bull trout, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. State water quality law prohibits anyone from discharging sediment into state waters at levels that will harm fisheries. That case will be briefed in front of the Court in September.

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