To protect the environment, we need a functioning democracy

October 22, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
In order to fulfill Earthworks’ mission to protect communities and the environment, the United States needs a functioning democracy that is responsible to the people it governs. People are inextricably part of the environment, and the environment is significantly affected… More »

How Many Lies Does It Take?

October 13, 2020 • Josh Eisenfeld
Last week, Exxon proved, once again, that the oil and gas industry cannot be trusted to take the steps needed to tackle methane pollution and the climate crisis.  Leaked documents, made public by Bloomberg News, show how Exxon has misled… More »

Split and kill: the quest to avoid regulation by PA’s oil and gas industry

October 13, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have proposed a rule to help reduce the dangerous methane pollution problem from oil and gas operations in the state.  But as it is written now, this proposal excludes… More »

Orphaned Oil and Gas Well Bills are a Step in the Right Direction for Communities on the Frontlines of Pollution

September 22, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
It shouldn’t be a privilege to breathe clean air, to know that your children won’t be poisoned by methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) created by the extraction of oil and gas. I never had to think about that… More »

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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 »

Worst of the Worst: A first-hand view of PA’s oil and gas polluters

September 17, 2020 • Leann Leiter
After years of work by communities and advocates, Pennsylvania is now poised to adopt new rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce their pollution. Oil and gas companies have created a 1 million+ ton methane and air pollution problem… 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 »

The Value of Human Life Must Have Priority in Oil & Gas Policies

September 8, 2020 • Jack McDonald
When Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said “There are things more important than living“ about reopening businesses related to COVID-19, his comments quickly garnered national attention. Many people were shaken by the callous nature of the quote. However, Patrick was… More »