Pollution on purpose? Unlit flares in TX harm health & climate–during a public health & climate crisis

April 2, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
On any given day in the Texas oil fields, operators are legally permitted to let natural gas go up in flames. As Earthworks’ field investigations have found, they also let it go up in smoke. Recent studies indicate that flaring… More »

Montana Youth Fight for the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

April 2, 2020 • William Northrop
On March 13th, a group of Montana’s youth (ranging from the ages of 2-18), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the First Judicial District Court against the State of Montana arguing they are harmed by the “dangerous… More »

China sees 2020’s First Tailings Spill

April 1, 2020 • Jan Morrill
On Saturday, March 28th, the first reported tailings spill of 2020 contaminated local water sources in Heilongjiang Province, China. The largest molybdenum mine in China, operated by Yichun Luming Mining Co, released 2.53 million cubic meters of tailings into the… More »

Government must help people, not polluters

March 26, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Industry and their cronies in Washington DC must not use our national crisis as an excuse for a corporate bailout The COVID crisis demands a federal response unprecedented since World War II. That response must be focused on helping people,… More »

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Ohio marks anniversary of record-setting climate disaster

March 25, 2020 • Leann Leiter
As the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus spread across the country, Ohio quietly marked the anniversary of a different kind of crisis that also underscored the need for swift action.  March 7, 2018 was the day that operators… More »

Earthworks’ Response to COVID-19 & Continued Dedication to our Work

March 18, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Earthworks’ work on mineral and energy development issues has always been rooted in protecting communities from harm. It is with our mission as our guide that we acknowledge the anxiety of these uncertain times and understand with sympathy the immediate… More »

SPOT Draft Environmental Impact Statement Hearing

March 11, 2020 • Ethan Buckner
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Earthworks joined local residents and allies in Lake Jackson, Texas to participate in a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT). Proposed by oil giants Enterprise and… More »

Donde esperar no es una opción

March 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
En Sonora, México, una comunidad lucha para evitar volverse en el próximo desastre de la minería. (Read in English) “Si hay un derrame, desaparecemos.”  Escuché diferentes versiones de este aviso varias veces durante mi visita reciente al pueblo de Bacanuchi. … More »