Remembering Roy Chavez, Retired Miner and Mining Activist

September 18, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Roger Featherstone (Arizona Mining Reform Coalition), Pete Dronkers, and Jennifer Krill.  Roy Chavez was a man of many hats. Living in Superior, Arizona, at the site of the proposed Resolution Copper Mine, he was a… More »

Earthworks weighs in on historic UN Resolution on Mineral Resource Governance

September 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello and Jan Morrill In March of 2019, the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), part of the United Nations Environmental Programme, passed an unprecedented resolution on Mineral Resource Governance.… More »

Gov Wolf: Despite its claims, oil and gas industry can afford to cut pollution

September 2, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Leann Leiter and Nadia Steinzor. The oil and gas industry is wreaking havoc in Pennsylvania. Oil and gas companies have created a 1 million+ ton methane and air pollution problem that worsens climate and threatens… More »

Delay and Defeat: Four Pipelines in Seven Days

July 16, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Aaron Mintzes, Nadia Steinzor, and Ethan Buckner.  Over the Independence Day weekend, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced they will abandon their proposed $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The week before, June 30, the… More »

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Earthworks Worker Solidarity Demands for the Oil, Gas, and Mining Sectors

May 22, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Executive Director Jennifer Krill and Policy Associate Raquel Dominguez. As we grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 on our health, our communities, and our economy, at Earthworks we extend our hand in solidarity to everyone… More »

When oil is in your backyard–where do you go when your doctor says don’t stay home?

May 6, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Tyler Rivlin and Raphael Breit.  On December 22, 2019, James Brugh and his wife Victoria, who was seven months pregnant,  received a letter from an Ob-Gyn they had visited in Bismarck, ND. Concerned about Victoria’s… More »

Living with Uncertainty

April 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
How the COVID-19 pandemic can help us understand the fears of communities on the frontlines of oil, gas and mining Written by Jan Morrill and Leann Leiter As the effects of COVID-19 spread across the United States, Earthworks staff are,… More »

Major Companies Shifting Focus to Benefit from E-Waste

August 10, 2012 • EARTHWORKS

The electronics market is experiencing rapid growth and consumers are replacing their electronics very frequently. According to the EPA, in 2009, “2.37 million tons of electronics were ready for end-of-life management.” It is important that all these electronics are properly recycled because they contain precious metals that could potentially be used to produce new electronics.

From an economic perspective, companies always seek to maximize their profits. As demand for precious minerals increases and mineral prices begin to seem unbearable, companies are looking for alternatives.

According to an article in Business Wire, “Major international corporations such as Waste Management (NYSE: WM), Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) and more are investing heavily in e-waste recycling as mineral prices soar worldwide.”