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Today’s methane CRA vote is step one

June 25, 2021
Stronger oil & gas methane rules are step two for Biden EPA Background: Today the US House of Representatives voted 229-191 to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that, along with the companion Senate resolution passed earlier this year, will… More »
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The Congressional Review Action on methane is not enough

June 10, 2021
Background: On June 10th, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a resolution authored by Representative Diana DeGette that would reinstate the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane pollution safeguards using the Congressional Review Act, following the previous administration’s efforts to weaken… More »
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Senate should confirm Tracy Stone-Manning as Bureau of Land Management Director

June 8, 2021
Statement: “The Senate should swiftly confirm Tracy Stone-Manning as the director of the Bureau of Land Management. Stone-Manning has the experience necessary to make wise decisions about lands held in trust for all Americans, particularly when it comes to mining… More »
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Gulf Coast advocates, hundreds of orgs launch campaign pressuring Biden Admin to Stop Oil and Gas Exports

April 19, 2021
Photos from letter delivery will be posted here WASHINGTON— Gulf Coast community leaders kicked off a week of action in Washington, D.C. today with an event outside the Department of Energy calling on President Joe Biden to end fossil fuel exports. The… More »

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The Congressional Review Action on methane is not enough

March 25, 2021
Background: On March 25th, the House Representative Diana DeGette (D-Co) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are expected to introduce resolutions that would reinstate the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane pollution safeguards, following the previous administration’s efforts to weaken the rules, using the… More »
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Accountability groups file first of its kind FTC complaint against Chevron for misleading consumers on climate action

March 16, 2021 • CONTACTS: Josh Eisenfeld, (202) 921-6985, jeisenfeld@earthworksaction.org | Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck, (202) 365-2903, JABrobeck@globalwitness.org | Ryan Schleeter, (415) 342-2386, rschleet@greenpeace.org
March 16, 2021 — Earthworks, Global Witness, and Greenpeace USA jointly filed a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint against Chevron for unlawfully deceptive advertisements which overstate investment in renewable energy and its commitment to reducing fossil fuel pollution. The complaint… More »
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Haaland confirmed as 1st Native American Interior Secretary

March 15, 2021
Statement of Earthworks Executive Director Jennifer Krill Today by a bipartisan 51-40 vote the Senate confirmed US Rep. Debra Haaland to become the first Native American Secretary of the Interior in U.S. history. The Interior Department oversees the country’s public… More »
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New Bill to End 147 Years of Public Giveaways to Mining Industry

May 9, 2019
Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) today introduced H.R. 2579, the Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019. The legislation would replace the 1872 General Mining Law, which still governs mining for gold, copper, uranium… More »
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EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory needs some fixing

April 11, 2019 • Justin Wasser
Methane pollution from oil and gas operations is dangerously high, and the continued expansion of production through fracking in places like the Marcellus and Utica in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia in the northeast and Permian in New Mexico and… More »
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Women from plastics-polluted Asian communities visit oil & gas impacted U.S. communities to support global efforts to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

May 14, 2018 • #BreakFreeFromPlastic * Earthworks
HOUSTON, Texas (May 14, 2018) — To show the negative impacts of plastics production throughout its supply chain, two grassroots women activists impacted by plastic end-use waste in India and the Philippines today started an unprecedented tour of U.S. communities harmed… More »
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Washington, D.C. City Council opposes fracking in George Washington National Forest

March 5, 2014 • Earthworks

Council resolution passes due to concerns controversial practice threatens DC water supply

Washington, D.C. -- The DC City Council yesterday passed a resolution opposing hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest due to concerns that such development might contaminate drinking water supplies. The 1.1 million-acre forest, located in Virginia and West Virginia, contains headwaters of the Potomac River, the sole source of drinking water for the nation’s capital.

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Public Meeting: Fracking Risks to Drinking Water for Fairfax County & DC Metro Area

February 12, 2014 • Dusty Horwitt

Learn about the proposal to frack in the George Washington National Forest, the source of drinking water for Fairfax and the rest of the DC metropolitan area, from Dusty Horwitt of Earthworks. Dusty has used his experience in journalism, law, and politics to conduct investigative research and advocacy on metal mining, oil and natural gas drilling, and hydraulic fracturing. His work has helped protect the Grand Canyon and Colorado River from uranium mining and the state of New York from unsafe shale gas drilling.

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DC Officials take a stand against fracking the GW Forest

January 30, 2014 • Dusty Horwitt

More local government officials in Washington, DC have taken a stand against horizontal drilling and fracking for shale gas in the George Washington National Forest.  Commissioners of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, who represent the neighborhood that includes the White House, voted on December 18 to pass a resolution opposing the drilling practice in the forest.  The commissioners joined three DC-area water providers, DC Water, Fairfax Water and the Army Corps of Engineers’ Washington Aqueduct, that have also opposed horizontal drilling and fracking in the forest.  Earthworks provided testimony in support of the commission’s resolution.

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I Stopped the Frack Attack

July 30, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

On July 28, 2012 I joined thousands of other fractivists from across the country at the steps of the Capitol to tell oil and gas companies, the Administration, and anyone else who would listen, no fracking way.

Of course we haven’t stopped fracking, but we started a movement, we built a coalition.

On the first day of the National Days of Action starting July 25 I attended a Marshal and Lobby Day training at the Sierra Club Headquarters in DC. I had never marshaled an event or lobbied my Congress people before, but the issue of fracking is important to me, my friends, my coworkers and my neighbors. It felt good to be in the company of so many other passionate citizens who care about critical issues like safe drinking water and public health.

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Concerned Citizens Announce Date for the Largest Fracking Rally in Washington, DC

May 2, 2012 • Earthworks

National Day of Action will bring thousands to Washington, DC to put the public interest before drilling industry profits

Washington, D.C—Today citizens from affected communities, together with environmental organizations and community groups, announced a call to action to demand an end to putting oil and gas drilling profits ahead of public health, clean water and air and the safety of our communities.  This event will be the largest of its kind and will take place in on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, Washington, DC from 10am to 2pm on July 28, 2012.

Labeled “Stop the Frack Attack,” the rally will bring thousands to the nation’s capitol to demand greater government responsibility and corporate accountability for harm that existing oil and gas development causes.