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 »

Stibnite Mine – An Aerial View

November 19, 2019 • Bonnie Gestring
Idaho’s Salmon River – known as the River of No Return – is one of the longest undammed rivers remaining in the U.S. – providing cold clean water and critical habitat for wild salmon. Midas Gold, a Canadian mining company,… More »

Hidden History in the Wayne National Forest

November 7, 2019 • Leann Leiter
This blog was co-written with Raphael Breit, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Coordinator. Right now, a range of groups are vying to determine the future of the Wayne National Forest (WNF), Ohio’s only national forest. Some, such as the Ohio Oil… More »

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“Rocky Mountain Poison” Exemplifies Need for Mining Reform

November 5, 2019 • Paul Jolly
Luana Rubin is a quilter and the owner of equilter.com. In 2015, when the Gold King Mine spilled approximately 3 million gallons of toxic mine wastewater into the Animas River in Colorado, turning the water brown for days, Luana decided… More »

Cancer Cluster Controversy in the Gas Patch

October 28, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Written with support from Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Manager. The news on potential health impacts from the shale gas boom is coming out of Pennsylvania at a rapid pace –right alongside the rapid pace of drilling. The trend… More »

A message to other teens on speaking up about climate change

October 24, 2019 • Jack McDonald
Our world’s inability to make meaningful progress on the climate crisis is not because of a lack of scientific evidence that the problem exists or even a lack of viable solutions.  The crisis is a problem of will: Will to… More »

Dear Norway: Protect Fjords Before Demanding Ocean Protection Abroad

October 21, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Right now, the Førdefjord in western Norway is a clean, beautiful fjord, bursting with life. It is a designated National Salmon Fjord, a valuable ecosystem that provides sustainable livelihoods and vital food resources for generations: the epitome of the healthy… More »