Friends, we need comprehensive mining reform for all minerals

August 27, 2020 • Lauren Pagel
Our friends Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers recently released an interactive report regarding so-called critical minerals, describing the threat to wildlife and water resources that mining poses. But fish and wildlife do not distinguish among… More »

Attacks on the rise during COVID-19 against Xinka leaders opposed to the Escobal mine

August 26, 2020 • Ellen Moore
More than 90 Guatemalan and international organizations signed a letter calling on Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor to fully investigate an increase in attacks against members of the Xinka Parliament and the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa, since the… More »

On the 5th Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill, Congress Must Renew Mining Law Reform Efforts

August 5, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
The house I lived in for nearly two decades is a mile from the Kansas River, which unevenly bisects my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve walked over the bridge and down the levee more times than I can count; I… More »

New El Paso Gas Plant: JP Morgan locking in climate destruction for the next 20 years

August 4, 2020 • Miguel Escoto
El Paso Electric Co. (EPE)–a private equity firm owned by JP Morgan Chase Bank–is profiting off the Permian Basin’s unprecedented level of fracking. By adding a new gas plant, they are locking in El Paso’s climate destruction for the next… More »

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Indigenous Communities in Chile Raise Concerns about Public Health Risks Posed by Mining Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 28, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
A recently published report, Public Health Emergency in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile and its impact on the Rights of Original Peoples, co-produced by a number of Indigenous organizations and Chilean NGOs, covers the disproportionate and structurally-aggravated… More »

Workers at Industrial Copper-Cobalt Mining Companies in DRC at Risk During COVID19 crisis

July 28, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
Last month, in the wake of serious reports of worker mistreatment in industrial copper-cobalt mines, ten Congolese and International NGOs alongside the Congolese affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union wrote a public letter addressing thirteen industrial copper and cobalt operators in… More »

Delay and Defeat: Four Pipelines in Seven Days

July 16, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Aaron Mintzes, Nadia Steinzor, and Ethan Buckner.  Over the Independence Day weekend, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced they will abandon their proposed $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The week before, June 30, the… More »
Barrick's Goldstrike tailings pond in Nevada, US. Photo: Ecoflight

When it Comes to Storing Mine Waste, Safety Must Come First

July 15, 2020 • Jan Morrill
On Tuesday June 30th, Earthworks joined 150 scientists, frontline communities, and environmental and human rights organizations to release a set of 16 guidelines for safer management of mine waste with the goal of protecting communities and the environment from catastrophic… More »