Media Releases

Statement: Trump Admin’s Last-Minute Mining Decisions Must Be Reversed

January 15, 2021
Background: As part of a slew of rushed actions by the outgoing Trump administration, today the US Forest Service published the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision on a controversial land swap that would allow Resolution Copper,… More »
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TOTAL leaves API, other oil and gas majors should do the same

January 15, 2021
Background: Major oil and gas companies have publicly committed to pull funding and support from lobby groups that hold positions and/or act out of alignment with the Paris Agreement or the company’s own climate goals. Total, BP, Shell & Equinor… More »

How Regulators & Regulations Fail: TCEQ Enforcement

January 14, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Yesterday, I explained some of the downfalls of the permitting process within the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), as illustrated by an operator that has been allowed to get away with constant pollution and skirting of the rules. While… More »

How Regulators & Regulations Fail: TCEQ Permitting

January 13, 2021 • Jack McDonald
On October 8th, Earthworks sent an open letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Railroad Commission (RRC) outlining a history of misconduct at the MDC Pickpocket 21 drilling site. Earthworks’ certified optical gas imaging (OGI) thermographers had… More »

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Earthworks Executive Director’s statement on violence in the U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021 • Jennifer Krill
The white supremacists who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building violently assaulted American democracy and provided a shameful culmination to the Trump presidency. Earthworks condemns the fatal attack that forced elected lawmakers out of the Capitol as they were certifying the… More »
Action Alerts

Tell the US Maritime Administration to Stop the GulfLink Crude Oil Export Terminal!

Oil company Sentinel Midstream and financier Freepoint Commodities plan to build a massive crude oil storage facility, pipelines, and an oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast. Called GulfLink, the project would load up to 2 million barrels of crude oil per day onto crude carriers for export oil to foreign markets. Increased crude oil infrastructure for exports spells disaster for our climate.
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Pennsylvania Field Advocate

December 23, 2020 • Alan Septoff
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Statement on NMED’s report of increased pollution from oil and gas in the Permian

December 22, 2020
Background: On December 21st, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released findings from joint fly-over inspections conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing a 250% increase in oil and gas pollution in the New Mexican Permian Basin. NMED Director… More »

Report: Advances in Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis in Guatemala

December 21, 2020 • Ellen Moore
More than two years after the court ordered a consultation with the Xinka Indigenous people over the future of the Escobal silver mine, the process has yet to move beyond the first stage. Political and constitutional crises, as well as… More »

Consultation at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis

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Statement on New Mexico Environment Department’s hire of former Earthworks Energy Director Bruce Baizel

December 21, 2020
Background: On December, 11th, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the Office of Natural Resources Trustee welcomed former Earthworks Energy Director Bruce Baizel to the role of Legal Director. Statement by Earthworks Executive Director Jennifer Krill: “I have seldom… More »
Media Releases

New Analysis Finds Oil And Gas Liquid Waste Continues to be used on Roads Despite Close of Hazardous Waste Loophole

December 21, 2020
Contact: Liz Moran (518) 610-1828, [email protected]; Melissa Troutman (724) 388-0464, [email protected]; Eric Weltman (617) 304-5330, [email protected] NEW ANALYSIS FINDS OIL AND GAS LIQUID WASTE CONTINUES TO BE USED ON ROADS DESPITE CLOSURE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LOOPHOLE On first day of… More »

Winter Warning: New Yorkers Could Be Driving on Toxic, Radioactive Waste

December 17, 2020 • Catskill Mountainkeeper * Earthworks * Environmental Advocates NY * Food & Water Watch * Fractracker Alliance * Grassroots Environmental Education * NYPIRG * Riverkeeper * Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
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Coalition opposed to Newman 6 asks El Paso City Councilors to use their power to hold EPE accountable

December 8, 2020 • Border Peace Presence * Chaparral Parents in Action * Chicas De Chuco * Columban Mission Center * Community First Coalition * Earthworks * Eco El Paso * El Chuco Democratic Socialists of America * El Paso Equal Voice Network * El Paso Young Democrats * Frontera Folx for Reproductive Justice * Little Red Sands * March for Our Lives El Paso * New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light * Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project * Pax Christi El Paso * Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter * Sleep, Never * Sunrise El Paso * YDSA
December 8th — Today a coalition of regional and local groups sent a letter to El Paso City Councilors outlining their powers to delay or stop the proposed Newman 6 fracked gas fueled expansion to the Newman Power Plant. The letter urges the… More »
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Report: Major oil and gas company actions fall short of, sometimes contradict, promises on climate

December 8, 2020
December 8th — A new report released today by Earthworks shows that oil and gas company commitments on climate have to date failed to translate into significant climate action. The research tracks promises to cut methane and tackle climate from… More »