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 »
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Canadian Financial Regulators Need to Investigate Belo Sun’s Misleading Claims

August 3, 2021 • Jan Morrill
In Brazil, the Canadian mining company Belo Sun is pushing to develop what would be the country’s largest open-pit gold mine in the heart of the Amazon rainforest without the consent of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The Volta Grande… More »

Norway Risks Tarnishing its Clean Rep

July 21, 2021 • Ellen Moore
Norway is seen as a leader on the environment, especially ocean sustainability. But the country’s ocean dumping problem is undermining efforts to stop the degradation of marine ecosystems and stave off the worst effects of climate change.  Prime Minister Erna… More »

Close the Loophole in PA’s Proposed Rule for Oil & Gas Methane and VOCs

July 21, 2021 • Melissa Ostroff
Close the Loophole in PA DEP’s Proposed Rulemaking for Control of Methane and VOC Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Operations Pennsylvania is in the final stages of a new rule to reduce air pollution from existing oil and gas… More »

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U.S. Making Up for Lost Time in Building a Circular Economy

July 12, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
As renewable energy technologies become more and more accessible, demand for so-called transition minerals that are integral to these technologies is growing. Countries and other bodies are using a variety of tactics to ensure they will have the minerals needed… More »

Forty-seven years and counting: The lasting damage of tailings dam failures

July 6, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
The Blackfoot River in western Montana was made famous by “A River Runs Through It,” the award-winning film based on a Norman Maclean book. Like many rivers in the west, however, the Blackfoot has suffered from decades of mining at… More »

CDPHE hires Earthworks Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy

July 1, 2021 • Jennifer Krill
Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced to their staff that our energy field manager Nathalie Eddy will next month take a leadership role in CDPHE’s new environmental justice program as Air Quality Environmental Justice Liaison. A… More »

Ten Reasons Why EPA Must Use the Clean Water Act to Permanently Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay From the Pebble Mine

June 29, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble Mine took a hit this month! The Pedro Bay Alaska Native Corporation announced that it has agreed to secure a conservation easement on land it owns around Iliamna Lake. The land includes part of the “northern… More »