Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, September 2021

October 26, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
A Reality Check   In early September we conducted fieldwork in the Front Range on 2-3 and 9-11 September. We investigated 57 oil and gas facilities, including well pads that are currently drilling or fracking, low-producing stripper well facilities, and… More »

Papua New Guinea Communities Say it’s Time to Ditch Ocean Dumping

October 21, 2021 • Ellen Moore
Last October, Indigenous representatives from coastal communities along the Huon Gulf in Papua New Guinea held a three-day forum to reject proposed deep-sea tailings placement (DSTP) plans at the Wafi-Golpu mine. In response, the national government agreed to put the… More »

Governor Wolf has an oil and gas problem.

September 29, 2021 • Melissa Ostroff
One need look no further than the fifth iteration of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan released last week to find proof of Governor Wolf’s dangerous relationship with the oil and gas industry.  This year, the UN IPCC has come out sounding… More »

With Money at Stake, Oil and Gas Comes ‘Clean’ on Methane Pollution

September 29, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
TLDR: The oil and gas industry’s knee jerk reaction to a tax on methane is another indication that their methane pollution is worse than are leading us to believe.   Earlier this month members of the House Energy and Commerce… More »

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Norway’s Youth Activists Take Stand Against Ocean Dumping

September 27, 2021 • Ellen Moore
This summer, youth activists joined local fisherfolk and Sámi Indigenous people on the banks of the Repparfjord in Northern Norway. Their goal was simple: to stop Nussir ASA from starting construction on a copper mine that would dump millions of… More »

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 »

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 »

Oil & gas air pollution hurts workers, too

August 31, 2021 • Sharon Wilson
Standing on the parking lot of Northridge Highschool in Greeley, Colorado, looking across the athletic field to the oil and gas tanks on the other side, was the first time I witnessed an oil and gas worker thieving tanks and… More »