It’s Time for the Feds to Update Mining Regs

September 16, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
Today Earthworks, along with Indigenous allies and other environmental organizations, submitted a petition to the Department of the Interior asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to update its hardrock mining rules.  Hardrock mining in the United States has a… More »

In Inadequate Infrastructure Bill, Abandoned Mine Cleanup Program a Silver Lining

August 4, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
This week, Senators finally began to debate the highly-anticipated, hotly-debated bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF), which has been in the works for several months. Like many organizations, Earthworks expressed frustration that the BIF inadequately funds the desperate need to transition away… More »

U.S. Making Up for Lost Time in Building a Circular Economy

July 12, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
As renewable energy technologies become more and more accessible, demand for so-called transition minerals that are integral to these technologies is growing. Countries and other bodies are using a variety of tactics to ensure they will have the minerals needed… More »
Just Minerals

Just Minerals for a Just Transition

June 17, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
Today, Earthworks published Just Minerals: Safeguarding protections for community rights, sacred places, and public lands from the unfounded push for mining expansion.  The report shares why a responsible energy transition hinges on prioritizing mineral recycling, reuse, and substitution over new… More »

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What’s Missing from the New IEA Report on Mining and the Renewable Energy Transition?

June 14, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
The International Energy Agency sends a mixed message in its recent reports, urging that we leave fossil fuels in the ground while simultaneously calling for more extraction of metals used in low-carbon technologies. This extractivist push is both problematic and… More »

Why we’re holding Chevron accountable for its greenwashing campaigns

March 22, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
Earthworks, Greenpeace, and Global Witness have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking them to hold Chevron, the world’s second largest polluter, accountable for advertising itself as environmentally friendly. The complaint asks the FTC to further investigate… More »

Mining Reform: Learning From the Past to Better the Future

December 1, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
In 1872, the same year Susan B Anthony was arrested for voting, the US Congress passed the General Mining Act. This law governing public lands hardrock mining (i.e. gold, silver, copper) has not been meaningfully updated since. Its purpose, to… More »

Orphaned Oil and Gas Well Bills are a Step in the Right Direction for Communities on the Frontlines of Pollution

September 22, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
It shouldn’t be a privilege to breathe clean air, to know that your children won’t be poisoned by methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) created by the extraction of oil and gas. I never had to think about that… More »