Yesterday, Earthworks and our partners at SumOfUs.org attended the Annual General Meeting of the world’s second largest gold mining company, Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation. The meeting is open to all shareholders and is where shareholders (and their proxies) vote on standard resolutions about corporate governance and CEO pay. Importantly for communities, shareholder-led resolutions are also considered.
With 2016 behind us, and President-elect Trump's inauguration around the corner, now is the time to reflect on some good news we received over the holidays.
Your actions and Earthworks' global community of activists creates change and helps protect special places, wildlife and communities. If you aren't already a member, sign up here. In the past month alone:
Have you ever seen methane? What about benzene? Or the chemical the gas company adds to make your stovetop gas stink, mercaptan? I asked residents at a Save Porter Ranch meeting in northwest Los Angeles if they had seen the pollution they knew was in their community, pouring down from the SoCal Gas storage facility on the hill behind town.
No one responded.
Last August, Earthworks purchased a FLIR Gasfinder camera to make invisible air pollution from the oil and gas industry visible. Since then, we’ve traveled the country exposing the pollution and demanding action from industry and regulators.
There are many ways to measure success: families helped, air cleaned, industries fined, but this week we found yet another -- FLIR cameras purchased.
One year ago, thanks to the generous support of Earthworks members, we bought a FLIR Gasfinder camera to expose otherwise invisible air pollution from fracking and drilling operations.
With this camera, we are able see what industry is trying to hide, and show that fracking isn't clean or safe. We put the results of this technology in the hands of everyday citizens living with oil and gas in their backyard so they can see what's really going on and demand action.
California is in the middle of a severe drought.
How severe? State officials expect the 2015 statewide snowpack to be about 6% of normal.
Can you imagine having only 6% of the water you normally have to last the whole year? Well, if you're in California you don't have to imagine.
In 2010, historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway released an eye-opening book, Merchants of Doubt, which explains how a few high-profile scientists with extensive political connections misled the public to deny well-established scientific facts. Over four decades these scientists, with the help of multi-million dollar public relations contracts and a scarily acquiescent media, these scientists cast doubt on the truth. Specifically, Merchants of Doubt covers the not-scientifically debatable, yet politically controversial topics of tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT.
A new investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways are now the nation's deadliest, and fracking is to blame.
Fracking requires thousands of truck trips to haul water, frack fluid and more recently, about 4% of fracked oil.
All the increased traffic has led to more accidents and fatalities. And not just in Texas.