While no victory is permanent and we must remain vigilant in defending our environment in these challenging times, people like you joined with Earthworks to make these recent successes possible:
Wilderness preserved: Montana’s Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, with its Outstanding Resource Waters, bull trout, and grizzly bears, has not been despoiled by copper and silver mines. Earthworks recently won 2 lawsuits to stop approval of mining permits in this unique and beautiful habitat.
Climate progress defended: The Trump administration and Congress have attacked environmental standards designed to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates short-term climate change. Yet most of these regulations remain on the books after a failed Congressional repeal vote and the EPA and Department of Interior announced their intentions to roll them back, thanks to lobbying, protests, petitions, testimony, public comments, and lawsuits.
Regulators and corporations held accountable: Concerned residents in 14 states came to Earthworks for help when state regulators would not take action against oil and gas companies polluting their air with methane and volatile organic compounds. Our complaints using cutting-edge optical gas imaging to make air pollution visible resulted in a series of investigations, enforcement actions, and fines against operators and facilities in Oklahoma and Texas.
Statement from Earthworks, National Parks Conservation Association and Clean Air Task Force on Opening Legal Actions Against EPA Rescission of Two Regulations on Methane Emissions