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 »

Strength in Diversity, Power in Solidarity

April 21, 2020 • Ellen Moore
Standing together with frontline communities to confront Newmont Mining Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, indigenous people across the globe must risk everything to defend their land, water and clean air from harmful mining projects. This Earth Day,… More »

DEP needs to be more responsive to residents–not less–during a public health crisis.

April 11, 2020 • Melissa Troutman
This is a follow-up to a press release issued last week by Earthworks regarding a resident complaint and the PA DEP’s policy on investigations during COVID. During a public health emergency, the government response to one crisis should not fuel… More »

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History comes and goes—and so should the shale industry

April 10, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor
It’s been almost 10 years since the death of my father, who, when current events were bleak, would instruct me to “take a historical perspective…many things eventually get better.” His childhood memories were of the Great Depression and his last… More »

Living with Uncertainty

April 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
How the COVID-19 pandemic can help us understand the fears of communities on the frontlines of oil, gas and mining Written by Jan Morrill and Leann Leiter As the effects of COVID-19 spread across the United States, Earthworks staff are,… More »

Pollution on purpose? Unlit flares in TX harm health & climate–during a public health & climate crisis

April 2, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
On any given day in the Texas oil fields, operators are legally permitted to let natural gas go up in flames. As Earthworks’ field investigations have found, they also let it go up in smoke. Recent studies indicate that flaring… More »

Montana Youth Fight for the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

April 2, 2020 • William Northrop
On March 13th, a group of Montana’s youth (ranging from the ages of 2-18), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the First Judicial District Court against the State of Montana arguing they are harmed by the “dangerous… More »