Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

July 29, 2021
Background: Yesterday, the Senate voted to begin debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. The bill, the result of negotiations between a bipartisan group of Senators and the White House, falls well short in funding the essential infrastructure necessary to confront… More »

Earthworks Statement on GAO Mining Stakeholder Report

July 26, 2021
Background: Today the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report surveying stakeholders affected by federal public lands mining policy.  At the highest level, GAO found that industry wants certainty; public interest and tribal groups want to see mining equitably balanced with other… More »

STATEMENT on Abandoned Mine Cleanup Program

July 15, 2021
Background: On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources voted to establish the first ever dedicated program to clean up abandoned hardrock mines. This new program, proposed by Senators Heinrich (D-NM), Daines (R-MT) and Kelly (D-AZ), authorizes and… More »

Idaho’s Controversial Stibnite Mine to Get New Environmental Review

July 1, 2021
Perpetua Resources, formerly Midas Gold, announced today that the U.S. Forest Service will be initiating another environmental review of the proposed Stibnite Gold Project after the mining company submitted a new mine plan (ModPRO2) in January 2021–after the public review period ended… More »

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Statement on CDPHE’s hire of former Earthworks Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy

July 1, 2021
Background: On June 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced the hire of former Earthworks Colorado and New Mexico Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy to the role of Air Quality Environmental Justice Liaison in the state agency’s… More »

Today’s methane CRA vote is step one

June 25, 2021
Stronger oil & gas methane rules are step two for Biden EPA Background: Today the US House of Representatives voted 229-191 to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that, along with the companion Senate resolution passed earlier this year, will… More »
Just Minerals

New Report Calls for Minerals Policy Reform and Recycling for Clean Energy Economy

June 17, 2021
Today Earthworks published a new report outlining how current federal minerals policy conflicts with the Biden administration’s clean energy and environmental justice agendas, and how those policies must change to ensure minerals are sourced in a way that better protects… More »

Earthworks hires Pennsylvania Field Advocate

June 13, 2021
Certified Thermographer back on the beat to monitor oil and gas pollution in PA Philadelphia, PA — Today, Earthworks announces the hire of a new Pennsylvania Field Advocate, Melissa Ostroff. Melissa is working with communities across the Commonwealth to help protect… More »