What we don’t know can still hurt us — and derail climate plans

April 12, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
Authors: Raphael Breit & Nadia Steinzor In the last few years, some states have tried to get serious about climate change by setting pollution reduction goals in line with international agreements. But these goals were designed using an incomplete picture… More »

Pebble Mine: Investors worth $105 billion join the call for lasting protection for Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

April 7, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
This week, a group of fifty investors, worth over $105 billion, spoke out against the controversial Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska – a massive copper and gold mine that threatens the world’s largest and most productive wild salmon fishery.  These… More »

Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, March 2nd-4th, 2021

April 5, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Following our recent fieldwork in late January, Earthworks’ CO field staff returned to many of the same communities in the Front Range. Frontline residents remain concerned about new fracking facilities that are entering pre-production and the continued health impacts from… More »

Carbon Pricing: The Oil & Gas Industry’s Latest Delay Tactic

April 5, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
The oil and gas industry’s history of responding to the climate crisis is a tall-tale of big promises  without action: first it funded the denial of climate science then acknowledged the same science once public opinion shifted. Today companies are… More »

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Legislative Round-up: In New Mexico — High time to start sprinting on health & climate

April 1, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
A shift is underway in New Mexico, but action must come faster, be bolder The aftermath of New Mexico’s 2021 legislative session brought to mind the old adage of  “you win some and lose some.”  Victories were won that communities… More »

Texas ‘Find It Fix It’ Initiative: The oil & gas polluter’s other get-out-of-jail-free card

March 27, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Yesterday, I outlined the Texas Audit Act and how it isn’t a replacement for real regulatory oversight in the state. Today, I am going to talk about the Find it Fix it initiative at the TCEQ. Yet another program that… More »

The Texas Audit Act is a get-of-jail-free card for oil & gas polluters

March 26, 2021 • Jack McDonald
The web of regulations that govern oil and gas operators can be complicated. One of the most complicated aspects of that regulatory apparatus is the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act (the Audit Act). This 1995 law was… More »

Oak Flat Environmental Review Put on Ice

March 25, 2021 • Pete Dronkers
On March 1, the US Forest Service did what numerous groups asked them to do: withdraw the incredibly flawed Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which would have allowed the Resolution Copper Mine to proceed under a land exchange. The exchange… More »