Groundbreaking study of methane pollution confirms oil & gas not a climate solution

June 21, 2018 • Earthworks
“If the Trump administration cared one iota about science-based reality, these results would cause EPA Administrator Pruitt and Interior Secretary Zinke to end their efforts to roll back oil and gas methane pollution safeguards. Because they won’t, state-based efforts to… More »

Mining riders gutting public & environmental input excluded from Senate defense funding bill

June 19, 2018 • Earthworks
“Today the Senate put our troops ahead of foreign mining companies, and for that we are grateful. While we applaud the decision to exclude this “critical” minerals sham in their version of the defense funding bill, the Senate’s job is… More »

Governor Wolf moves forward with natural gas pollution safeguards

June 14, 2018 • Earthworks
“We congratulate Governor Wolf on taking this critical step to reduce methane pollution from natural gas production. However, it won’t mean much unless DEP enforces these new permitting requirements. We’ve documented this normally invisible pollution across the state. We’ve also documented… More »

First Quantum forgoes investment in proposed Pebble mine

May 25, 2018 • Earthworks
“It is great news that First Quantum decided to forgo their investment in the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. First Quantum is the latest in a string of investors to recognize that it’s a bad idea to put North America’s largest… More »

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House votes to cut oversight of nation’s top toxic polluter

May 23, 2018 • Earthworks
“Today, the House of Representatives voted 229 to 183 to support corporate mining interests over public interests. Mr. Amodei’s (R-NV) amendment to the defense bill funding our troops masquerades as critical minerals policy, but instead threatens our waters and disempowers… More »

Trust But Verify: ExxonMobil methane promise needs public oversight

May 23, 2018
Washington, D.C. — “ExxonMobil’s promise to cut its methane pollution 15% by 2020 is a step in the right direction. However, it is not enough. Thanks to decades of oil and gas industry lobbying against public oversight, we have no… More »

Critical minerals list is another Trump attempt to silence public & gut mining oversight

May 18, 2018 • Earthworks
Background: In today’s Federal Register, the Interior Department published a final list of “critical minerals” in response to President Trump’s December 20, 2017 executive order, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals”. Presidents Trump’s order followed multiple… More »

Lawsuit Targets Pruitt for Refusing to Hold Mining Industry Accountable for Toxic Pollution Cleanups

May 16, 2018 • Earthjustice, Earthworks, Idaho Conservation League, Amigos Bravos, Great Basin Resource Watch, Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment
Washington, D.C – Environmental organizations filed a lawsuit today against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in the D.C. Circuit, challenging his failure to hold the hard-rock mining industry financially responsible for cleaning up its toxic pollution. A proposed EPA rule would… More »