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The Congressional Review Act: Exxon’s Saga of Empty Rhetoric Continues

May 10, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
Two weeks ago the senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution – by a vote of 52-42 – to undo the Trump Administration’s methane regulation rollbacks. If the resolution is passed in the House of Representatives and is signed… More »
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NMED action on oil and gas pollution must be swift & bold

May 6, 2021
Background: Last year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) drafted rules to reduce pollution from oil and gas operations. The rules contained exceptions for tens of thousands of low-producing wells and sites presumed to emit below a certain level–even though they could… More »
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Bold action in Texas necessary for Biden to hit climate goals

May 5, 2021
Background: On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature passed HB17, a bill preempting local municipalities from acting to ban or incentivize any type of power source from utilities. This means that a municipality could not favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels for… More »
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Gov Wolf will miss mark on climate commitments unless PA halts fossil fuel expansion

May 5, 2021
Background: Today, Pennsylvania agencies released the 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment. It projects a nearly 6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase in the coming decades, and with it rising temperatures and more flooding and heat waves. The state’s 2019 Pennsylvania Climate Action… More »

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New report: TX communities exposed to radioactive, toxic oil and gas waste

May 5, 2021
May 5th, 2021: Today, Earthworks released Wasted in the Lone Star State: The impacts of toxic oil and gas waste in Texas, an analysis of the risks to Texans posed by oil and gas waste disposal and policy recommendations to address them. Earthworks and FracTracker Alliance… More »
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Wasted in the Lone Star State

May 4, 2021 • Melissa Troutman & Amy Mall
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Sociedad Civil y Usuarios de Oro Piden No Expansión de Barrick en la República Dominicana

May 4, 2021 • Global Justice Clinic * MiningWatch Canada * Earthworks
Hoy 88 organizaciones de más de 21 países publicaron una carta haciendo un llamado a República Dominicana y la Barrick Gold Corporation para que detengan la propuesta de expandir la mina de oro Pueblo Viejo. De igual manera, más de… More »
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Civil Society and Downstream Users to Barrick: No Dominican Republic Expansion

May 4, 2021 • Global Justice Clinic * MiningWatch Canada * Earthworks
Today 88 organizations from more than 21 countries released a letter calling on the Dominican Republic and Barrick Gold Corporation to stop the proposed expansion of the Pueblo Viejo gold mine, while more than a dozen jewelry producers joined a… More »
In May 2019 at the Frontline Oil and Gas Conference in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Photo credit, Jennifer Krill
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The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Epidemic

May 3, 2021 • Lauren Pagel
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous Cabinet Secretary, announced the creation of the Missing and Murdered Unit in the Bureau of Indian Affairs to increase resources dedicated to addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls… More »
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The Fort Belknap Indian Community Meets with Top Bureau of Land Management Officials About Threat of New Mining to Reclamation at Zortman and Landusky Mines

April 30, 2021
Today, FBIC President Andrew Werk Jr. and Council of the Fort Belknap Indian Community met with officials from the Bureau of Land Management to discuss the FBIC’s concerns about the planned gold exploration at the former Zortman and Landusky gold… More »
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The Congressional Review Act on methane is not enough

April 28, 2021
Background: On April 28th, the US Senate passed a Congressional Review Act with bipartisan support to reinstate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Obama-era methane pollution safeguards, following the previous administration’s efforts to weaken the rules. Statement from Lauren Pagel, Earthworks Policy… More »
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Renewable Energy & Mining Campaigner

April 28, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
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Report: Reducing New Mining for Electric Vehicle Battery Minerals

April 27, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
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Sourcing Battery Metals Without New Mining

April 27, 2021 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
Today, Earthworks is releasing a new report which demonstrates the potential for recycling to offset demand for newly mined metals in the EV battery supply chain. This reduction in demand is necessary to relieve the mounting pressure on mining-affected communities… More »
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REPORT: Recycling Electric Vehicle Battery Minerals Can Significantly Reduce Need for New Mining

April 27, 2021
Today Earthworks released a new report demonstrating the potential for recycling to offset demand for newly mined metals (copper, lithium, nickel and cobalt) for electric vehicle batteries. Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures prepared the… More »