Ever Eager to Please Big Oil, Trump Yanks Key Dakota Access Decision

February 28, 2017 • Aaron Mintzes

February 20 should have marked the comment deadline on the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE or the “Corps”) decision whether to grant an easement for of a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Except the President ended comments early

Governing by Injustice in West Virginia

February 27, 2017 • Nadia Steinzor

When elected officials bow and scrape to the oil and gas industry, they often use the false rhetoric of “job killing” and “burdensome” regulations. Last week, the inappropriately-named Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia, didn’t even bother with that smokescreen.

According to investigative coverage by the Charleston Gazette, Gov. Justice recently ordered the Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to kill a requirement that protects residents from the noise and light caused by oil and gas operations.

Alaska’s Pebble Mine: Investment Firm Says Northern Dynasty is “Worthless”

February 14, 2017 • Bonnie Gestring

It’s hard to believe that the battle to protect America’s most valuable wild salmon fishery from the proposed Pebble Mine continues. Across America, the public has repeatedly voiced its opposition to Pebble, and its support for protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery and the 14,000 hard-working fishermen it supports.  

Commercial fishermen. Seafood processors. Hunters and anglers. Alaska Native communities. Jewelry retail companies. Grocery stores. Chefs. Restaurants. Churches. Scientists. They’ve all said Pebble is a bad idea. And, some of the world’s largest mining companies (Anglo American & Rio Tinto) have walked away from it. 

How to increase your influence in a Trump administration

February 13, 2017 • Lauren Pagel

On Friday, I hosted our first webinar for Earthworks' members who want to increase their influence over both politicians and political decisions, and regulations. You can see a recording of my presentation here:

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115th Congress Takes a Hatchet to Obama’s Rules

February 3, 2017 • Aaron Mintzes

Draining the swamp in Washington, D.C., the newly sworn in Congressional majority has wasted no time targeting critical Obama Administration rules designed to protect public health, the environment, foster transparency, and combat corruption. Using an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can pass and the President can sign resolutions of disapproval that effectively undo the rules finalized during the latter days of the Obama era. Obscure, because, Congress has only once before successfully used this procedure- to undo a Department of Labor rule requiring ergonomic chairs in workplaces.