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Oil & Gas Companies Can’t Greenwash the Climate Crisis Away

November 24, 2020 • Josh Eisenfeld
The oil and gas industry has repeatedly proven it cannot be trusted. For decades, they have been undermining public trust in climate science to obstruct government action that might negatively affect their bottom line. Unfortunately, they were all too successful.… More »
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Reject Newman 6 and Choose a Clean Energy Future for the Sun City

November 13, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was authored by Dr. David J. Garcia of Chaparral Parents in Action. My dear friends, my name is Dr. David J. Garcia, I am a resident of Chaparral, New Mexico and a member of the Chaparral Parents in… More »
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We’re Going to See More Failures: Central Asia Metals’ Tailings Spill

November 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
Is there a connection between climate change and tailings dam failures? S&P Global looked into this question recently, and found that as water scarcity and flooding become more erratic and severe with climate change, tailings dams become more dangerous. As… More »
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5 Years After Disaster, Communities Are Still Fighting for Their Rights

November 5, 2020 • Jan Morrill
The tailings dam collapse at the Samarco mine in Mariana, Brazil has been called the worst ecological disaster the country has ever seen. On November 3, 2015, a 40 million cubic meter avalanche of mine waste killed 19 people and… More »

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Papua New Guinea says “No” to ocean dumping

October 30, 2020 • Ellen Moore
Faced with widespread and unrelenting local opposition, the Papua New Guinea government indicated it would put the brakes on plans to dump 13 million tonnes of mine waste from the Wafi-Golpu mine into the Huon Gulf. Unfortunately, the environmental minister… More »
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El Parlamento Xinka anuncia avance importante en el proceso de consulta sobre la mina Escobal, rechaza la mala fe de Pan American Silver

October 27, 2020 • Ellen Moore
In English El 15 de octubre, el Parlamento del Pueblo Xinka anunció que las autoridades del gobierno guatemalteco han aceptado finalmente sus representantes elegidos para participar en un proceso de consulta sobre la mina Escobal. Junto con otros acuerdos, esto… More »
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Xinka Parliament Announces Breakthrough in Escobal Mine Consultation Process, Rejects Pan American Silver’s Bad Faith

October 27, 2020 • Ellen Moore
En Español On October 15, 2020, the Xinka Parliament announced that Guatemalan authorities have finally recognized their representatives elected to participate in a consultation on the Escobal silver mine. Along with other agreements, this breakthrough could allow the court-ordered process… More »
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To protect the environment, we need a functioning democracy

October 22, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
In order to fulfill Earthworks’ mission to protect communities and the environment, the United States needs a functioning democracy that is responsible to the people it governs. People are inextricably part of the environment, and the environment is significantly affected… More »
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How Many Lies Does It Take?

October 13, 2020 • Josh Eisenfeld
Last week, Exxon proved, once again, that the oil and gas industry cannot be trusted to take the steps needed to tackle methane pollution and the climate crisis. Leaked documents, made public by Bloomberg News, show how Exxon has misled… More »
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Split and kill: the quest to avoid regulation by PA’s oil and gas industry

October 13, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have proposed a rule to help reduce the dangerous methane pollution problem from oil and gas operations in the state. But as it is written now, this proposal excludes… More »
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Orphaned Oil and Gas Well Bills are a Step in the Right Direction for Communities on the Frontlines of Pollution

September 22, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
It shouldn’t be a privilege to breathe clean air, to know that your children won’t be poisoned by methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) created by the extraction of oil and gas. I never had to think about that… More »
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Remembering Roy Chavez, Retired Miner and Mining Activist

September 18, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Roger Featherstone (Arizona Mining Reform Coalition), Pete Dronkers, and Jennifer Krill. Roy Chavez was a man of many hats. Living in Superior, Arizona, at the site of the proposed Resolution Copper Mine, he was a… More »
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Worst of the Worst: A first-hand view of PA’s oil and gas polluters

September 17, 2020 • Leann Leiter
After years of work by communities and advocates, Pennsylvania is now poised to adopt new rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce their pollution. Oil and gas companies have created a 1 million+ ton methane and air pollution problem… More »
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Earthworks weighs in on historic UN Resolution on Mineral Resource Governance

September 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello and Jan Morrill In March of 2019, the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), part of the United Nations Environmental Programme, passed an unprecedented resolution on Mineral Resource Governance.… More »
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The Value of Human Life Must Have Priority in Oil & Gas Policies

September 8, 2020 • Jack McDonald
When Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said “There are things more important than living“ about reopening businesses related to COVID-19, his comments quickly garnered national attention. Many people were shaken by the callous nature of the quote. However, Patrick was… More »