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Earthworks statement on the denial of Pebble Mine

November 25, 2020
Background: The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued its Record of Decision today, denying the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay Alaska that threatens the world’s largest and most valuable wild salmon fishery. “Pebble… More »
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Community speaks against proposed fracked gas plant at TCEQ public meeting

November 18, 2020 • Earthworks * Chaparral Parents In Action * Eco El Paso * Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter * Sunrise El Paso
Nov 17 — This evening at a public meeting of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), El Paso residents and other impacted residents spoke in opposition to El Paso Electric’s (EPE’s) plan to construct a new 228-megawatt fracked gas power plant at the… More »
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Victory for Clean Water: Montana Supreme Court Blocks Montanore Mine Pollution Permit

November 18, 2020
HELENA, MT — Yesterday in a victory for clean water, the Montana Supreme Court rejected a key pollution permit for the proposed Montanore silver-copper mine in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Northwest Montana. The Court ruled that Idaho-based Hecla Mining… More »
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3yr investigation shows CA responds to oil & gas pollution complaints, but public isn’t protected

November 12, 2020
Nov 12 — A three-year investigation released today — Loud and Clear: what public regulatory complaints reveal about California’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves — shows that while California leads among six states examined when it comes… More »

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A just and more equitable clean energy future now within reach

November 7, 2020
“Earthworks congratulates President-elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris on their hard-fought and historic victory. “The result of this year’s election is, among many things, a rebuke of four years of the Trump administration’s rejection of science and prioritization of corporate… More »
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All Votes Must Be Counted

November 4, 2020
“In order for elections to be free and fair, all votes must be counted. “Otherwise, our democracy and the idea of a government ‘of the people, for the people, by the people’ is in doubt. Leaving votes uncounted threatens the… More »
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Environmental Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Air Pollution from Industrial Flares

October 29, 2020 • Earthworks * Environmental Integrity Project * Air Alliance Houston * Clean Air Council * Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Environment America * Environment Texas * Hoosier Environmental Council * PennEnvironment * Texas Campaign for the Environment
Washington, D.C. – A coalition of ten environmental organizations today sued the Trump Administration’s EPA over its failure reduce toxic air pollution from industrial flares at petrochemical plants, gas processing facilities, municipal solid waste landfills, and other large industrial sites. Across the country,… More »
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CDPHE takes initial steps in right direction, begins overhaul to improve public complaint system

October 22, 2020
Background: Director Garry Kaufman of the Air Pollution Control Division of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) announced a decision to take initial steps in 2020 to make the oil and gas complaint system more transparent and publicly accessible. The… More »
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5yr investigation shows TX regulators ignore public oil & gas pollution complaints, work closely with polluters

October 21, 2020 • Earthworks * Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas * Coastal Alliance for Protection of our Environment * Equal Voice Network * Familias Unidas de Chamizal * Frontera Water Protectors * Healthy Gulf * Liveable Arlington * Texas NAACP * Publish What You Pay US * Seeding Sovereignty * Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter * Society of Native Nations * Sunrise Movement - Austin * Sunrise Movement - El Paso * Rise St. James * Save RGV
Oct 21 –– A five year investigation released today — Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Texas’ oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves — shows that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has… More »
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3yr investigation shows CO oil & gas regulators regularly ignore public pollution complaints, 65% of oil & gas operations uninspected

October 21, 2020 • Earthworks * Citizens for Clean Air * Citizens for a Healthy Community * Larimer Alliance * LOGIC * Western Colorado Alliance * WildEarth Guardians
Oct 21 — A three-year investigation released today—Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Colorado’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves—shows that state regulators only acted to reduce pollution in response to 14% of… More »
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Texas regulators allow unpermitted oil well to pollute for 10 months, so far

October 8, 2020
Oct 8 — Today Earthworks sent a letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Executive Director Toby Baker, and the Texas Railroad Commissioners (TRC), urging them to reject and rescind MDC Pick Pocket 21’s permits after pollution was documented at… More »
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New report finds state regulatory failure to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil and gas waste in New Mexico

October 7, 2020
October 7th — A new report released today by Earthworks shows that the state of New Mexico permits oil and gas operations without adequate protections to prevent pollution from improper storage, processing, and disposal of oil and gas waste, also known as “produced… More »
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Trump’s Mining Executive Order Puts Profits Before People

October 1, 2020
“We’ve seen proclamations from President Trump on so-called critical minerals before. This one continues this administration’s consistent attempts to weaken public input and federal oversight over mining. “What’s different now is the world’s interest in the equitable and just treatment… More »
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3yr investigation shows Ohio regulators ignore public oil & gas pollution complaints, work closely with polluters

October 1, 2020
Oct 1 — A three-year investigation released today by Earthworks and endorsed by 15 regional groups in Ohio and Pennsylvania — Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Ohio’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it… More »
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Statement from Earthworks, National Parks Conservation Association and Clean Air Task Force on Opening Legal Actions Against EPA Rescission of Two Regulations on Methane Emissions

September 16, 2020 • Earthworks * National Parks Conservation Association * Clean Air Task Force
The National Parks Conservation Association and Earthworks, represented by attorneys from Clean Air Task Force, joined other environmental groups in filing two lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging EPA’s unlawful rules that rescind… More »