Global Freedom, Independence, and Fossil Fuel Giveaways: The Week in House Energy Policy

June 30, 2014 • Aaron Mintzes

It's Energy Week in the House! The House of Representatives passed three bills last week in a retread of some familiar old themes in newer packaging.

Updated fracking regulations in California leave much to be desired

June 27, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

In keeping up with the tradition of waiting until the public is not paying attention, the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), released their latest draft regulations for fracking, and other unconventional well stimulation on Friday, June 13, at 4:00PM local time – right before the weekend.

As required by SB4, DOGGR updated the proposed permanent regulations, which were released in November 2013, right before Thanksgiving. Earthworks, along with our partner organizations in California, submitted extensive comments that would enhance the regulations, and truly protect Californians' health and the environment.

Workers, Rivers, Mines: Mt Lyell in Tasmania

June 23, 2014 • Shreema Mehta

The Mt Lyell mine in Tasmania, Australia, with its controversial track record of worker fatalities and river pollution, plans to restart operations at the end of June 2014.

Arlington County, VA Opposes Fracking in National Forest

June 19, 2014 • Dusty Horwitt

Arlington County, Virginia joined a growing number of local governments, elected officials and major water providers in unanimously passing a resolution opposing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the George Washington National Forest.

By passing the resolution June 17, Arlington became the first jurisdiction in politically powerful Northern Virginia to oppose horizontal drilling in the forest, though several elected officials from the region have already taken the same stance including U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Gerald E. Connolly and State Delegate Patrick Hope.  Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer, who recently won the Democratic primary to replace Moran, who is retiring, has also opposed horizontal drilling and fracking in the forest.

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Police brutally dismantle peaceful mining resistance in Guatemala

June 19, 2014 • Shreema Mehta

Since March 2012, community members of  San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc have sustained a blockade of El Tambor gold mine in Guatemala. Known as “La Puya,” they have successfully blocked development of the mine despite repeated harassment, eviction attempts and even violence.

In May 2014, Guatemalan police officers laid siege to La Puya, standing guard as contractors of Kappes, Cassidy & Associates, the US company that currently holds the concession to the mine, brought in mining equipment.

Over 50K People Ask Governor Brown to see Fracking Related Problems in Person

June 18, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

The town of Shafter, in Central California’s Kern County, has become ground zero hydraulic fracturing in the state. Dozens of wells have been fracked in the small town, with some wells just a few hundred feet from schools, parks, homes, and churches.

The largely Hispanic community has suffered from health impacts, including headaches, nosebleeds, asthma, and increased incidences of cancer. They are tired of suffering the consequences of expanded unconventional oil extraction, while oil companies continue to line their pockets with profits.

Fracking threatens the Chaco Canyon World Heritage Site

June 11, 2014 • Pete Dronkers

Most people think that National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites would be buffered from industrial extraction like fracking for oil. But during the last two weeks of May, we all began to think again.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is writing a new management plan for a multi-million acre swatch of public lands in northwestern New Mexico.  Contained within this area is the treasured Chaco Canyon National Historic Park.  One of less than a dozen UNESCO sites in the western states, it includes the ruins of what were the largest buildings in North America 1,000 years ago.

Bring Justice to the Cajamarcan Mining Protesters

June 11, 2014 • Shreema Mehta

Last week, I joined other civil society representatives to deliver an important letter to the Peruvian embassy, which is a short walk from the Earthworks office in Washington, DC.