New Fund to Fight Appalachian Plastic Buildout
The Appalachian region and other parts of the U.S. are facing a dramatic new buildout of petrochemical facilities, pipelines and infrastructure, a massive expansion in its capacity to produce ethane from fracked natural gas for plastic manufacturing. Facing a threat… More »
#StrikeWithUs September 20-27th
Fall brings changing weather and the beginning of the school year. And now, it brings cataclysmic weather events, the burning of the Amazon, destructive hurricanes and wildfires, along with leadership emerging from youth around the world, calling all of us… More »
The Clean Energy Revolution is a Chance to Clean Up Mining
Traveling across the U.S. in energy-producing regions, like Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania – even urban Los Angeles, I am always struck by the enormous job we have ahead of us to transition to a clean energy economy. Our transportation… More »
5 Lies The Fracking Industry Will Tell To Get In Your Backyard
1. Oil & gas companies follow tough, self-imposed rules Voluntary standards, or self-imposed “rules,” work just about as well for the oil and gas industry as they do for your diet in a candy store. You create loopholes and cheat… More »
No Dakota Access Pipeline
In an unprecedented joint statement, the US Departments of Army, Justice and Interior announced a halt to construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, just minutes after a federal judge ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
A year later the Animas River mine spill could happen again
Anyone who saw the river turn orange will remember it for the rest of their lives. One year ago over 3 million gallons of toxic waste from the inactive Gold King mine cascaded into Colorado’s Animas River.
Arsenic. Lead. A variety of other cancer-causing pollutants. Together they made the Animas River one of the West’s most contaminated places, nominated for Superfund designation. And since we lack the necessary rules to hold mining companies accountable for the pollution they create, American taxpayers like you and me are the ones who will pay the tens of millions of dollars to clean it up.
Crumbly Foundation for EPA Methane Estimates
Last week, watchdog group NC WARN accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of vastly underreporting the amount of methane leaking from gas wells across the US. Methane, a greenhouse gas 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term, is the primary component of natural gas.
Remembering Senator Dale Bumpers
Senator Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) passed away on January 1, 2016. He served as Governor of Arkansas from 1971-1975 and as Arkansas Senator from 1975-1998. We at Earthworks will miss him greatly because of his tireless work to protect Americans from the excesses of the hardrock mining industry encouraged by the antiquated 1872 Mining Law.
In 1989, Senator Bumpers introduced the first Senate bill to reform the Mining Law. He was a mining reform champion from then until he retired from the Senate in 1999.