Public Lands Victory Highlights Need to Clean Up Old Wells

April 29, 2020 • Leann Leiter
With the federal government pushing to open more public land to oil and gas drilling, the courts have an important role to play in protecting the places we need for recreation and nature’s solace. That reality played out last month… More »

Ambler Road Proposal: A Financial Boondoggle That Puts Alaska’s National Park Lands and Caribou at Risk

April 27, 2020 • Bonnie Gestring
The Trump Administration is barreling forward with plans to approve a controversial 211-mile private mining road across federal public lands in northern Alaska. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is expected to issue a decision, approving a right-of-way for the… More »

Alaska Metal Mines

March 10, 2020

Forest Service Preliminarily Approves Simplot Mine Expansion Despite Ongoing Selenium Pollution

February 28, 2020
Today the Forest Service issued a preliminary approval for another expansion of Simplot’s Smoky Canyon phosphate mine in southeast Idaho, despite the mine’s ongoing selenium pollution. The mine, which began operations in 1984, was pulled into the federal CERCLA (Superfund) program in… More »

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Comments Opposing BLM 2019-0001-0001: Non-Energy Solid Leasable Minerals Royalty Rate Reduction Process

December 18, 2019

Stibnite Mine – An Aerial View

November 19, 2019 • Bonnie Gestring
Idaho’s Salmon River – known as the River of No Return – is one of the longest undammed rivers remaining in the U.S. – providing cold clean water and critical habitat for wild salmon. Midas Gold, a Canadian mining company,… More »

Hidden History in the Wayne National Forest

November 7, 2019 • Leann Leiter
This blog was co-written with Raphael Breit, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Coordinator. Right now, a range of groups are vying to determine the future of the Wayne National Forest (WNF), Ohio’s only national forest. Some, such as the Ohio Oil… More »

It’s time for New Mexico to #RaiseTheRate

February 11, 2019 • Nathalie Eddy
New Mexico has the opportunity to reduce health and climate-harming pollution while increasing funding for our schools. The State Land Office is considering increasing the amount of money New Mexicans earn from oil and gas produced on state lands. Right… More »