Communities & Civil Society Call for Action to Prevent More Mine Waste Disasters on First Anniversary of Deadly Brazilian Spill

January 23, 2020
Washington, DC Jan 23 — Communities and civil society groups are marking the first anniversary of one of the world’s deadliest mine waste disasters by highlighting the dangerous practices of the mining industry, and calling for stricter oversight. On January 25th,… More »

Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Committee Votes to Include Non-Energy Mining as a Covered Sector

January 15, 2020
Statement of Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks: When polluting interests seek special favors from government they often dress it up with the euphemism, “streamlining.” But “streamlining” for the mining industry means elbowing the public out of the way. Earlier… More »

NEPA rollback affects mining, not just climate

January 9, 2020
Background: Last week, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Today, the President will personally announce proposed rules that would fundamentally undermine it. Although much attention is properly focused on the climate impacts of this announcement, NEPA… More »

Earthworks’ Comments on Global Tailings Review Draft Standard

January 6, 2020

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Comments Opposing BLM 2019-0001-0001: Non-Energy Solid Leasable Minerals Royalty Rate Reduction Process

December 18, 2019

Norwegian Government Sets Up Showdown with Activists Over Controversial Copper Mine

December 9, 2019 • Ellen Moore
On November 29th, the Norwegian government denied an attempt to block the construction of a new copper mine that will dump 30 million tonnes of mine waste into the Repparfjord, a designated National Salmon Fjord and traditional Sea Sámi fishing… More »

Rosemont Mine Decision Puts 1872 Mining Law Reform in the Spotlight

November 26, 2019 • Megan Knight
On July 31, 2019, just one day before work on the Rosemont Mine was to commence near Tucson, Arizona, United States District Judge James A. Soto issued his ruling in the Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish and… More »

Indigenous Leaders in British Columbia and Guatemala Demand that Mining Companies Respect their Self-Determination at Home and Abroad

November 21, 2019
(((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C): Representatives of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Xinka Indigenous Parliament of Guatemala joined forces Wednesday night to call on Canadian mining companies to respect Indigenous rights no… More »