The latest science on fracking’s health impacts

October 5, 2019 • Bruce Baizel
Earthworks is part of a global coalition petitioning the United Nations to endorse a ban on fracking. As part of that effort we asked The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) to do a literature review of the latest published scientific research… More »

Fracking and Petrochemicals are The Story of Plastic

October 4, 2019 • Jennifer Krill
This week The Story of Plastic debuts at the Mill Valley Film Festival. This documentary links all of the impacts of plastic, from the oil and gas extraction to manufacturing to waste in our oceans and pollution from incineration. For… More »

New Fund to Fight Appalachian Plastic Buildout

September 20, 2019 • Jennifer Krill
The Appalachian region and other parts of the U.S. are facing a dramatic new buildout of petrochemical facilities, pipelines and infrastructure, a massive expansion in its capacity to produce ethane from fracked natural gas for plastic manufacturing. Facing a threat… More »

#StrikeWithUs September 20-27th

September 18, 2019 • Jennifer Krill
Fall brings changing weather and the beginning of the school year. And now, it brings cataclysmic weather events, the burning of the Amazon, destructive hurricanes and wildfires, along with leadership emerging from youth around the world, calling all of us… More »

We can't do this without you!

Donate now!

Donate Now

Red Tide Redefined

September 13, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Forget algae. If you really want to trash a marine ecosystem, this Chinese and Canadian-owned mining operation is proving there’s nothing like untreated mine tailings. In late August, a processing plant for the massive Ramu cobalt-nickel mine in Papua New… More »

Discrimination against Xinka puts consultation on Escobal mine at risk

September 12, 2019 • Ellen Moore
A year in, the consultation process with indigenous Xinka people over Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine is at risk after the Guatemalan government excludes Xinka from the process. Last week, Guatemalan communities celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Constitutional Court… More »

Atmospheric dumping ground: studies spotlight flaring in the Permian Basin

August 22, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
Oil and gas companies often claim they limit pollution by using “best practices.” But what happens when those practices actually make things worse? Such is the case with flaring natural gas, which operators and regulators claim is necessary to avoid… More »

10 Years is Long Enough: How Colorado is Taking Steps to Clean Up Abandoned Mines

August 16, 2019 • Pete Dronkers
Although uranium mining in Colorado largely went dormant decades ago, about 20 actively permitted mines – mostly in western Colorado on federal lands – still have not been cleaned up and reclaimed. But last month, the Colorado Court of Appeals… More »