Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee to Hold Hearing on Interior’s “Critical” Minerals List

July 17, 2018
Background Today Earthworks’ Senior Policy Counsel is testifying before the full Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee as it examines the Department of the Interior’s Final List of Critical Minerals. Interior published the list in response to President Trump’s December 20, 2017 executive order,… More »

Coalition of Tribal, Conservation Advocates Seeks to Join DEQ Enforcement Lawsuit Against Hecla Mining CEO

July 17, 2018 • Earthworks et al
HELENA, Mont.—The Fort Belknap Indian Community, Ksanka Kupaqa Xaʾⱡȼin (Ksanka Crazy Dog Society), and a coalition of conservation groups have requested to intervene in a lawsuit brought by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) against Hecla Mining Company CEO… More »

Report: oil & gas industry growth into rural areas brings air pollution and associated health threats

July 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, July 12 – In many parts of  America’s rural countryside, pollution from the booming oil and gas industry is causing an increase in asthma attacks and increased risks of cancer and respiratory diseases.  That’s the key finding of a… More »

Banking Giant Standard Chartered Takes Stand Against Mine Waste Dumping

July 10, 2018 • Earthworks
Standard Chartered has  announced a full prohibition of financial services for clients practicing marine and riverine mine waste dumping. Standard Chartered adopted their policy shortly after the launch of the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, joining Citigroup, which has also confirmed… More »

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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 »