History comes and goes—and so should the shale industry

April 10, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor
It’s been almost 10 years since the death of my father, who, when current events were bleak, would instruct me to “take a historical perspective…many things eventually get better.” His childhood memories were of the Great Depression and his last… More »

Living with Uncertainty

April 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
How the COVID-19 pandemic can help us understand the fears of communities on the frontlines of oil, gas and mining Written by Jan Morrill and Leann Leiter As the effects of COVID-19 spread across the United States, Earthworks staff are,… More »

Pollution on purpose? Unlit flares in TX harm health & climate–during a public health & climate crisis

April 2, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
On any given day in the Texas oil fields, operators are legally permitted to let natural gas go up in flames. As Earthworks’ field investigations have found, they also let it go up in smoke. Recent studies indicate that flaring… More »

Montana Youth Fight for the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

April 2, 2020 • William Northrop
On March 13th, a group of Montana’s youth (ranging from the ages of 2-18), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the First Judicial District Court against the State of Montana arguing they are harmed by the “dangerous… More »

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China sees 2020’s First Tailings Spill

April 1, 2020 • Jan Morrill
On Saturday, March 28th, the first reported tailings spill of 2020 contaminated local water sources in Heilongjiang Province, China. The largest molybdenum mine in China, operated by Yichun Luming Mining Co, released 2.53 million cubic meters of tailings into the… More »

Government must help people, not polluters

March 26, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Industry and their cronies in Washington DC must not use our national crisis as an excuse for a corporate bailout The COVID crisis demands a federal response unprecedented since World War II. That response must be focused on helping people,… More »

Ohio marks anniversary of record-setting climate disaster

March 25, 2020 • Leann Leiter
As the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus spread across the country, Ohio quietly marked the anniversary of a different kind of crisis that also underscored the need for swift action.  March 7, 2018 was the day that operators… More »

Earthworks’ Response to COVID-19 & Continued Dedication to our Work

March 18, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Earthworks’ work on mineral and energy development issues has always been rooted in protecting communities from harm. It is with our mission as our guide that we acknowledge the anxiety of these uncertain times and understand with sympathy the immediate… More »