Mining and Drilling our Monuments: Trump Picks the 1872 Mining Law over the 1906 Antiquities Act

December 7, 2017 • Aaron Mintzes
President Trump announced this week his decision to destroy two national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah. This is the largest rollback of protections for treasured public lands in American history. The purpose: a giant giveaway to the oil, gas, and… More »

98% vote against Colombia’s La Colosa mine

November 1, 2017 • Ellen Moore
On March 26th 2017, hundreds of residents of Cajamarca poured into the streets to celebrate the results of a popular referendum on mining. Despite setbacks in the organization of the vote in the rural Colombian town, including death threats against… More »

Congress Toys with Shutting Down the Government. Again.

September 14, 2017 • Alan Septoff
This is the first chance for the 115th Congress, since President Trump’s election, to perform one if its key functions: funding the Government. Americans want their National Parks open, and rely on Congress to pay to maintain them. Congress used to… More »

Tahoe Resources Lobbies U.S., Canada to Intervene Over Guatemala Court Decision to Suspend Escobal Mine

August 31, 2017 • Ellen Moore
The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada, Earthworks and Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala(NISGUA). Tahoe Resources is lobbying U.S. and Canadian authorities to intervene on its behalf following a July decision by Guatemala’s Supreme Court to temporarily suspend… More »

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Diverse voices speak out against delay of methane pollution rule

August 16, 2017 • Cornershop Creative
On Monday, more than 150 speakers testified before the Environmental Protection Agency at a public hearing concerning the proposed two-year delay of implementing the methane pollution rule.

Holding the Line: Taking the EPA to Court Over Methane

August 16, 2017 • Cornershop Creative
The CAA passed in 1970 with the purpose of making air breathable again. Today, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. Methane severely affects the health of community members surrounding oil and gas extraction sites.

Getting Real with Pipeline Disasters in West Virginia

August 3, 2017 • Traci Hickson

If you think silt fences will hold back the erosion, sedimentation, and landslides caused by pipelines built on steep mountain slopes in West Virginia, think again. Last month, the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a cease and desist order for Energy Transfer Partner’s Rover Pipeline for completely disregarding and violating erosion sedimentation and control measures. The photo evidence tells the story of numerous violations and polluted streams.

Holding the Line: Taking the EPA to Court Over Methane

July 26, 2017 • Sarah Anderson

The CAA passed in 1970 with the purpose of making air breathable again. Today, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. Methane severely affects the health of community members surrounding oil and gas extraction sites. The leaking emissions smell terrible and have severe health consequences, especially in children.  Children in oil and gas extraction areas suffer from high rates of asthma and other chronic problems. Communities deserve the protections that the CAA intended to give when it was enacted.