Media Releases

San Carlos Apache, Community & Environmental Groups Challenge Plans for Resolution Copper Mine Waste Site

September 16, 2016
PHOENIX, Ariz.— The San Carlos Apache Tribe and a coalition of community and environmental groups filed two related lawsuits in federal court today challenging a proposal to destroy public land on the Tonto National Forest near the Superstition Mountains with… More »

Two Years Later, a Look at Mount Polley

August 3, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

On August 4, 2014, a mine waste dam in British Columbia, Canada breached, releasing 24.4 million cubic meters of mine waste (or tailings) sludge into the Fraser River watershed, a group of lakes and rivers that bear salmon and sustain the livelihoods of local First Nation communities.


Scoping Comments – Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Shale Formation Oil and Gas Development on the Southern Ute Reservation in La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta counties, Colorado.

April 14, 2016
Media Releases

BC & Alaska indigenous leaders attending Seabridge Gold shareholder meeting to protest risky mine plan

June 25, 2015 • Earthworks, MiningWatch Canada, United Tribal Transboundary Mining Working Group

Toronto, June 24 - British Columbia and Alaska indigenous leaders today are calling upon Seabridge Gold’s leadership and investors to prevent more disasters like Mount Polley. Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA)(NYSE:SA) is a junior mining company proposing what would be North America’s largest open pit mine near British Columbia’s northwest border with Alaska. The mine is located under an active glacier, as well as upstream from major salmon fishing waters and the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular tourist destination.

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Xeni Gwet’in Mining Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

April 20, 2015 • Payal Sampat

We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.

We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest award for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.


Fracking threatens the Chaco Canyon World Heritage Site

June 11, 2014 • Pete Dronkers

Most people think that National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites would be buffered from industrial extraction like fracking for oil. But during the last two weeks of May, we all began to think again.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is writing a new management plan for a multi-million acre swatch of public lands in northwestern New Mexico.  Contained within this area is the treasured Chaco Canyon National Historic Park.  One of less than a dozen UNESCO sites in the western states, it includes the ruins of what were the largest buildings in North America 1,000 years ago.


Letter Supporting the Referendum on Yasuní

April 11, 2014 • Earthworks et al.
Media Releases

Earthworks applauds Rio Tinto’s withdrawal from Pebble Mine proposal in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

April 7, 2014 • Earthworks

Earthworks applauds Rio Tinto’s decision to withdraw from the Pebble Mine proposal that threatens Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.