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On the 5th Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill, Congress Must Renew Mining Law Reform Efforts

August 5, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
The house I lived in for nearly two decades is a mile from the Kansas River, which unevenly bisects my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve walked over the bridge and down the levee more times than I can count; I… More »
Hazeltine Creek was devastated by the 2015 Mt. Polley tailings spill in British Columbia, Canda. Photo: Chris Blake
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Statement: Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management Falls Short

August 5, 2020
Background: Today, the Global Tailings Review, a process co-convened by the International Council on Mining and Metals, the UN Environment Programme and Principles for Responsible Investment, released its Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management. Earthworks provided comments on earlier drafts… More »
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Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management Scorecard

August 5, 2020
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New El Paso Gas Plant: JP Morgan locking in climate destruction for the next 20 years

August 4, 2020 • Miguel Escoto
El Paso Electric Co. (EPE)–a private equity firm owned by JP Morgan Chase Bank–is profiting off the Permian Basin’s unprecedented level of fracking. By adding a new gas plant, they are locking in El Paso’s climate destruction for the next… More »

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BP’s climate pledge: bold new model for industry still falls short

August 4, 2020
“BP’s promise to divest from production by 40% and cut climate pollution by ⅓ within this decade should be the base-line standard for any other oil & gas company, such as Shell or ExxonMobil, making climate commitments in 2020. Anything… More »
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NY first in US to close hazardous waste loophole, other states should follow

August 3, 2020
Background: Today, Governor Cuomo signed S.3392 (May)/A.2655 (Englebright) into law, closing a hazardous waste loophole that has allowed over 640,000 tons of waste from fracking sites in Pennsylvania to be poorly disposed of in the state. New York has become first… More »
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Conservation, community groups hail ruling that protects clean air rules

July 30, 2020
DENVER (July 30, 2020) — Seven conservation and community groups with tens of thousands of members across Colorado hailed a court ruling yesterday dismissing a case by Weld County as a win for public health and the climate. Denver District… More »
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Permian Energy Campaigner

July 29, 2020 • Sophie Shemas
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Dangerous methane pollution: what you won’t see at Trump’s oil & gas event is a health and climate crisis

July 28, 2020
Background: President Trump’s failure to protect the health of Americans and fight the climate crisis will be on full display tomorrow in Texas when he stands before oil and gas operations while celebrating his administration’s efforts that allow companies to pollute more.… More »
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Comments on Proposed Rulemaking in Pennsylvania – Control of VOC Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Sources (Regulation #7-544)

July 28, 2020
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Indigenous Communities in Chile Raise Concerns about Public Health Risks Posed by Mining Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 28, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
A recently published report, Public Health Emergency in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile and its impact on the Rights of Original Peoples, co-produced by a number of Indigenous organizations and Chilean NGOs, covers the disproportionate and structurally-aggravated… More »
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Workers at Industrial Copper-Cobalt Mining Companies in DRC at Risk During COVID19 crisis

July 28, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
Last month, in the wake of serious reports of worker mistreatment in industrial copper-cobalt mines, ten Congolese and International NGOs alongside the Congolese affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union wrote a public letter addressing thirteen industrial copper and cobalt operators in… More »
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Statement on Pebble Mine Final Environmental Review

July 24, 2020
Background: Today, the Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) of the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold mine that threatens the largest and most productive wild salmon fishery on earth. Alaska’s Bristol Bay… More »
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Contextualizing Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging Samples of Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Activities in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas

July 23, 2020
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Governor Wolf increases threat to health & climate with $670M tax giveaway for fossil fuel companies

July 23, 2020
Background: Governor Tom Wolf signed HB732 into law providing for $26.7M in tax credits for oil and gas petrochemical expansion in Pennsylvania every year over 25 years beginning in 2024. Statement of Earthworks Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate Leann Leiter: “With… More »