EPA Takes Big Step Towards Lasting Protection for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

September 20, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency took a big step towards establishing lasting protection for Alaska’s Bristol Bay when it announced plans to resume work to protect the region’s wild salmon fishery from the devastating impacts of large-scale mining operations… More »

Tribes, Indigenous Groups, Conservation Organizations File Petition to Strengthen Federal Mining Rules

September 16, 2021
WASHINGTON— Tribes, Indigenous groups and conservation organizations filed a rulemaking petition today with the U.S. Department of the Interior to improve and modernize hardrock mining oversight on public lands. The proposed revisions aim to safeguard critically important lands across the… More »

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 »

Statement on House Natural Resource Committee’s Markup of Budget Reconciliation Bill

September 10, 2021
Background: Late yesterday the House Natural Resources Committee completed the markup of their portion of the budget reconciliation bill. The committee’s proposal calls for much-needed components of hardrock mining reform: a royalty for minerals extracted on public lands and a reclamation fee… More »

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Statement on EPA Decision to Protect Bristol Bay

September 9, 2021
Background: Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will resume the process of permanently protecting the Bristol Bay watershed from mines like the Pebble project. The agency said it will reinstate the 2014 “proposed determination” under section 404(c) of the… More »

Bristol Bay Residents, Fishermen & Supporters call on EPA to Protect Bristol Bay on Anniversary of Obama’s visit to the region

September 2, 2021
BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA – More than a thousand Bristol Bay residents, several thousand Alaskans, and  more than 125,000 Americans are calling on the Biden Administration to enact permanent protections  for the Bristol Bay watershed.  On the anniversary of President Barack… More »

Activists Call for Protection of Xinka Leaders Participating in Escobal Mine Consultation

August 18, 2021
Today six U.S. and Canadian human rights and environmental organizations filed a letter with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) supporting a request to extend precautionary measures for activists opposed to the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The mine has faced strong local… 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 »