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 »

Earthworks condemns anti-Asian racism

March 22, 2021 • Jennifer Krill
There is an ugly history of anti-Asian racism in this country, which has only been exacerbated since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This past year, we have seen a staggering level of racism and violence against members of the Asian American… More »

Why we’re holding Chevron accountable for its greenwashing campaigns

March 22, 2021 • Raquel Dominguez
Earthworks, Greenpeace, and Global Witness have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking them to hold Chevron, the world’s second largest polluter, accountable for advertising itself as environmentally friendly. The complaint asks the FTC to further investigate… More »

STIBNITE GOLD MINE: New mine plan needs a new environmental review!

March 18, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
The massive open-pit Stibnite Mine would use cyanide to extract gold on public lands in the headwaters of Idaho’s Salmon River—one of the most cherished and economically important waterways in the northwest. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the… More »

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Safety Measures Continue to Lag as Mine Waste Piles Up

March 10, 2021 • Jan Morrill
Understanding tailings dam safety is important because people and ecosystems die when mine tailings dams fail. In 2019, a tailings dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil killing 272 people and dumping 9.7 million cubic meters of mine waste over the surrounding… More »

Indonesia Ditches Ocean Dumping

March 5, 2021 • Ellen Moore
The tides are turning.  Last year Indonesia was moving full steam ahead with plans to approve permits to dump 31 million tonnes of mine waste from nickel EV battery chemical processing plants into the biodiverse waters of the Coral Triangle.… More »

New Mexico legislators need to stop repeat pollution offenders

March 4, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
Update on March 12th, 2021. New Mexico’s Bad Actor bill is inching closer to becoming law.  Last week the House passed it 42-36, and this week the Senate Conservation Committee voted 5-3 in favor. While the next step is a… More »

Only more accountability (not more commitments) can solve methane pollution problems.

March 2, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
This week, oil and gas industry leaders, government officials, and other leaders in the energy world will virtually gather for the annual CERAWeek conference. This conference is the industry’s first significant opportunity to collectively send a clear signal of whether… More »