EPA head keynotes fracking conference while undermining impacted communities

October 23, 2018 • Earthworks
“When Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Wheeler speaks at the Shale Gas Insight conference in Pittsburgh, he won’t be visiting to talk about protecting the health of the 1.5 million Pennsylvanians living within ½ mile of our state’s 100,000 active… More »

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration for Gutting Methane Waste Rule

October 1, 2018 • Earthworks et al
A broad coalition of conservation and citizens’ groups sued the Trump administration late on Friday to challenge the Bureau of Land Management for rescinding most provisions of its 2016 methane waste rule. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, notes… More »

Oil & gas industry climate commitment is talk, not action, until proven otherwise

September 24, 2018 • Earthworks
Today the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative announced concrete methane reduction commitments on behalf of its member companies, which include many of the industry’s largest companies. In response Earthworks’ Policy Director releases this statement: “The history of the oil and… More »

With methane rule rollback, Interior Dept. continues Trump assault on climate, taxpayers & health

September 18, 2018 • Earthworks
“On the heels of the EPA’s rollback last week, Interior Secretary Zinke’s methane reduction rollback today continues the Trump Administration’s assault on public health, global climate, taxpayers’ pocketbooks, common sense, and a livable planet for future generations. When even the… More »

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Widespread Failure to Predict Water Pollution & Cleanup Costs at Montana Mines

September 17, 2018 • Earthworks
Water quality predictions for 11 of Montana’s 12 major, modern hardrock mines were wrong, leading to major pollution problems that have contaminated drinking water, destroyed fish and wildlife habitat, and harmed private property. The damning conclusion from a report released today by Montana Trout Unlimited… More »

Trump’s EPA publishes rollback of oil & gas methane rule

September 11, 2018 • Earthworks
“With this methane safeguard rollback President Trump’s EPA just sacrificed public health and climate for oil and gas industry profits. And he did so despite some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies endorsing the need for methane rules.… More »

Guatemala’s Highest Court Orders Tahoe’s Escobal Mine to Remain Suspended

September 4, 2018 • Earthworks et al
Late Monday night, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court ruled that [US-Canadian owned] Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine will remain suspended while the Ministry of Energy and Mines consults with the Xinka indigenous population in four municipalities, including San Rafael Las Flores, where… More »

Infrared camera reveals huge oil & gas air pollution plume near Erie homes

August 28, 2018
Denver & Washington, D.C. — Earthworks, an environmental nonprofit whose energy program is based in Durango, today published optical gas imaging (infrared) video showing oil and gas air pollution from Extraction’s new production facilities (Coyote Trails) near Erie, CO blowing towards homes… More »