Earthworks statement on the denial of Pebble Mine

November 25, 2020
Background: The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued its Record of Decision today, denying the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay Alaska that threatens the world’s largest and most valuable wild salmon fishery. “Pebble… More »

Victory for Clean Water: Montana Supreme Court Blocks Montanore Mine Pollution Permit

November 18, 2020
HELENA, MT — Yesterday in a victory for clean water, the Montana Supreme Court rejected a key pollution permit for the proposed Montanore silver-copper mine in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Northwest Montana.  The Court ruled that Idaho-based Hecla Mining… More »

We’re Going to See More Failures: Central Asia Metals’ Tailings Spill

November 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
Is there a connection between climate change and tailings dam failures? S&P Global looked into this question recently, and found that as water scarcity and flooding become more erratic and severe with climate change, tailings dams become more dangerous. As… More »

5 Years After Disaster, Communities Are Still Fighting for Their Rights

November 5, 2020 • Jan Morrill
The tailings dam collapse at the Samarco mine in Mariana, Brazil has been called the worst ecological disaster the country has ever seen. On November 3, 2015, a 40 million cubic meter avalanche of mine waste killed 19 people and… More »

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Obi Island

Harita Group, which currently operates two nickel mining sites and four processing facilities in Indonesia, is constructing a new processing plant to produce electric vehicle battery-grade minerals. The mining and processing is expected to produce 6 million tonnes of waste… More »

Morowali

Tsingshan Holding Group Co. Ltd., majority owner of the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP), wants to add four facilities to process nickel for electric vehicle batteries at its already massive operation. The company planned to dump up to 25 million… More »

Papua New Guinea says “No” to ocean dumping

October 30, 2020 • Ellen Moore
Faced with widespread and unrelenting local opposition, the Papua New Guinea government indicated it would put the brakes on plans to dump 13 million tonnes of mine waste from the Wafi-Golpu mine into the Huon Gulf. Unfortunately, the environmental minister… More »

El Parlamento Xinka anuncia avance importante en el proceso de consulta sobre la mina Escobal, rechaza la mala fe de Pan American Silver

October 27, 2020 • Ellen Moore
In English El 15 de octubre, el Parlamento del Pueblo Xinka anunció que las autoridades del gobierno guatemalteco han aceptado finalmente sus representantes elegidos para participar en un proceso de consulta sobre la mina Escobal. Junto con otros acuerdos, esto… More »