Oak Flat/Apache Leap

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHPBilliton (the two biggest metal mining companies in the world, by annual revenue and market capitalization) is proposing to mine copper ore deep underneath Oak Flat, near the town of Superior, an hour east of Phoenix.  The copper deposit lies partially underneath the Oak Flat Campground, a unique and sacred place that was protected in the 1950’s from mining.  Because Congress originally protected the area, it required an act of Congress to overturn this protection and hand over the land title to a private mining company.

Susquehanna River Basin

About the SRBC

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission manages of the water resources of the basin under comprehensive watershed management and planning principles. 

Community Empowerment Project

The Community Empowerment Project is a powerful new tool that enables communities to use the best available technology to expose toxic fracking air pollution.

Thanks to generous Earthworks supporters, we were able to purchase a FLIR Gasfinder camera, the same kind used by industry and government agencies to detect leaks and chronic pollution.

But instead of hiding this technology it in the halls of power, we’re putting it in the hands of people.

Going Solar: An off-grid perspective on small-scale solar

Two weeks ago I wrapped up installation on a medium sized off-grid solar system on my remote property in south-central Montana.  I felt my story is worth telling, because it was easier and cheaper than I thought it would be, and because small scale solar and energy storage will solve a lot of problems in the long run.

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a unique wilderness area that covers over one million acres within the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.  It contains over a thousand lakes and attracts more than a quarter million visitors each year, making it the most visited wilderness area in the United States.  Visitors come to experience its remote wilderness character – its untouched forests and spectacular chain of freshwater lakes – through canoeing, camping, and fishing.  It is even one of National Geographic’s 50 “Destinations of a Lifetime.” 


Just 24 kilometers from Yanacocha, the Conga mine is Newmont's latest effort to expand its gold mining operations in Peru.

Having seemingly failed to learn from the controversy it faced in Yanacocha, Newmont initially developed the mine without obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of the local community. Despite repeated, sometimes violent protests, the Conga mine has been approved.

Healthy Home in Dallas

Dr. Richard Homan had a vision.  At a time when others were building McMansions, he sought to build a house whose environmental impact was small, where efficiency could be matched with beauty, and energy and resources were used wisely.

His wife Katherine shared this vision for building such a dream house. By building and living in an environmentally responsible house, they could lead by example and demonstrate how to live healthier more sustainable lives.

Frack Free Denton

Denton is a city of over 120,000 in North Texas, near Ft. Worth. There are more than 270 active gas wells within the city limits, some less than 200 feet from people's homes.

In 2011, local residents formed The Denton Drilling Awareness Group (Denton DAG) to protect their community from drilling. DAG is dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of gas well drilling and its related processes to public health, the environment, and property values.