Texas flaring: a response to the Railroad Commission

August 23, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Texas Flaring: a comprehensive government failure; what the Railroad Commission fails to track, it can’t govern has forced a reaction from regulators and industry by finding that 69-84% of Texas methane flares are unpermitted. That reaction: the unpermitted flares our… More »

President Biden: It’s Time to Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

August 12, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
On the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s promise to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Earthworks and our allies sent a letter to the EPA, urging the agency to take immediate action under the Clean Water Act to protect our nation’s greatest… More »

Fuzzy Math: Why Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Pollution Numbers Don’t Add Up

August 5, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
Authors: Nadia Steinzor & Raphael Breit As discussed in a previous blog post, in 2019, Pennsylvania adopted emission reduction goals as part of its Climate Action Plan, committing the state to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals of 26% by 2025,… More »

Pennsylvania’s climate contradiction

August 5, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
Authors: Nadia Steinzor & Raphael Breit What do climate change goals and New Year’s resolutions have in common? The fact that it’s easy to make commitments–while fulfilling them requires planning, an assessment of what’s working and isn’t, and a willingness… More »

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Field Notes: What we know — pollution from marginal and inactive wells

August 4, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Colorado has a problem with pollution from oil and gas wells–including neglected and poorly maintained ones that produce very little or fluctuate between producing and sitting inactive for months on end.  Another problem is that nobody can say just how… More »

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 »