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More good news this week as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed SB790, a shameless attempt to skirt Pennsylvania law t...
11/28/2020
Wolf's pre-Thanksgiving flurry of bill-signings included three vetoes

More good news this week as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed SB790, a shameless attempt to skirt Pennsylvania law to favor the conventional oil and gas industry.

Thank you, Governor Tom Wolf for vetoing this corporate giveaway and protecting long-standing environmental and health safeguards!

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf the day before Thanksgiving spent some of his day signing many of the bills sent to him by the General Assembly a week...

Thank you for being part of the Earthworks family!We're incredibly grateful for your enduring support and your dedicatio...
11/26/2020

Thank you for being part of the Earthworks family!

We're incredibly grateful for your enduring support and your dedication to protecting our natural world and building a just and sustainable future for all.

Even with all the challenges we’ve faced through this trying year you’ve helped advance our fight in countless ways.

Together, we’ve won tougher crackdowns on polluters and put the brakes on new oil and gas and petrochemical infrastructure. We’ve slowed down proposed mines that would devastate pristine habitats and won new victories in the fight against ocean dumping of mine waste.

From all of us at Earthworks, thank you so much for making all of that and so much more possible!

BREAKING: The Army Corps of Engineers issued its Record of Decision today, denying the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive c...
11/25/2020
Earthworks statement on the denial of Pebble Mine - Earthworks

BREAKING: The Army Corps of Engineers 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 tried every trick in the book to push this project through, but the crystal clear science prevailed...The Biden Administration should take the next step and use the Clean Water Act to place permanent limits on mining in Bristol Bay"

Our statement:

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 »

What oil and gas corporations like Shell, BP, Equinor, and Exxon say in the spotlight is far different from what they do...
11/25/2020
Oil & Gas Companies Can’t Greenwash the Climate Crisis Away - Earthworks

What oil and gas corporations like Shell, BP, Equinor, and Exxon say in the spotlight is far different from what they do. We're holding them accountable for their inaction in preventing the climate crisis.

Learn more about this work in our latest EARTHblog ⬇️

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 »

11/25/2020

Happening now: The Condor and The Eagle discussion panel featuring Casey Camp-Horinek, Yudith Nieto Azareth, Sharon Wilson, and Casey Horinek. Learn more about the film at thecondorandtheeagle.com"

11/24/2020

TONIGHT! Don't miss your chance to watch The Condor and The Eagle, an incredible documentary that shares the stories of Indigenous communities fighting fracking and the fossil fuel industry.

Tune in to the advanced screening at 5pm PT/8pm ET, and stick around for a panel discussion with individuals featured in the film. The panel will be streamed live on our Facebook starting at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET.

Register here to join us: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/143/pyg1yu5l

Tomorrow, join us for an advanced screening and discussion panel of The Condor and The Eagle, an incredible documentary ...
11/23/2020
Standing with Indigenous communities against the fossil fuel industry

Tomorrow, join us for an advanced screening and discussion panel of The Condor and The Eagle, an incredible documentary that follows Indigenous communities across the globe fighting back against fossil fuel extraction.

Register below to watch with us! ⬇️

Earth Works presents the screening of award-winning Documentary

"Environmental justice got its day in Louisiana" this week as a judge delayed a key permit for the Formosa plastics plan...
11/22/2020
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Judge rebukes La. regulators for approving chemical plant

"Environmental justice got its day in Louisiana" this week as a judge delayed a key permit for the Formosa plastics plant and called on Louisiana regulators to do a better job of considering the impacts of the plant on communities living in Cancer Alley.

Together, we can #StopFormosa.

A state court dealt a fresh blow this week to developers of a proposed petrochemicals complex along an 85-mile stretch of the Mississippi River known as "Cancer Alley."

Some good news this week! We won a Montana Supreme Court case to help protect Montana’s waters and Cabinet Mountains Wil...
11/20/2020
Montana Supreme Court blocks permit for mine near Libby

Some good news this week! We won a Montana Supreme Court case to help protect Montana’s waters and Cabinet Mountains Wilderness from unnecessary mine pollution.

Shoutout to our partners Montana Environmental Information Center - MEIC, Earthjustice, and Save Our Cabinets for all their hard work. Read more ⬇️

A proposed silver/copper mine near Libby can’t rely on a 30-year-old water quality permit granted to a bankrupt company, according to a Montana Supreme Court decision released on Tuesday.

El Paso residents are calling on El Paso City Council to step up for climate and health and reject the proposed Newman 6...
11/19/2020
Sign the Petition

El Paso residents are calling on El Paso City Council to step up for climate and health and reject the proposed Newman 6 gas plant. It’s time for the Sun City to move past energy driven by fracking. Take action with us ⬇️

City Council, Reject the Newman 6 Fracked-Gas Plant

Join us online on Monday, November 30, 2020, to watch the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Virtual Ceremony! Featuring S...
11/18/2020
2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Virtual Ceremony

Join us online on Monday, November 30, 2020, to watch the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Virtual Ceremony! Featuring Sigourney Weaver, Jack Johnson, Michael Franti, Danni Washington and more, we are excited to celebrate six extraordinary defenders of the environment.

Learn more and register (it’s free!) to watch the ceremony:

Watch the Goldman Environmental Prize 2020 Virtual Award Ceremony!

NEXT TUESDAY: Join us for a screening & panel discussion of The Condor & The Eagle, a film that shares how Indigenous co...
11/16/2020
Standing with Indigenous communities against the fossil fuel industry

NEXT TUESDAY: Join us for a screening & panel discussion of The Condor & The Eagle, a film that shares how Indigenous communities are fighting against fracking, oil & gas pipelines, and petrochemical plants.

Register below to attend! ⬇️

Earth Works presents the screening of award-winning Documentary

Clean energy is the future, especially in the Sun City of El Paso. David Garcia of Chaparral Parents in Action breaks do...
11/14/2020
Reject Newman 6 and Choose a Clean Energy Future for the Sun City - Earthworks

Clean energy is the future, especially in the Sun City of El Paso.

David Garcia of Chaparral Parents in Action breaks down why it’s time to reject the Newman 6 gas power plant proposal and move past energy driven by harmful fracking.

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 »

Out yesterday, our latest report reveals that California’s regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations is too underst...
11/13/2020
3yr investigation shows CA responds to oil & gas pollution complaints, but public isn't protected - Earthworks

Out yesterday, our latest report reveals that California’s regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations is too understaffed and underfunded to prevent pollution and adequately protect impacted residents.

Learn more and read the full report ⬇️

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 »

People impacted by the proposed Wafi-Golpu mine in Papua New Guinea weren't adequately consulted on a project that plans...
11/11/2020
Papua New Guinea says “No” to ocean dumping - Earthworks

People impacted by the proposed Wafi-Golpu mine in Papua New Guinea weren't adequately consulted on a project that plans to dump 13 million tonnes of toxic mine waste into coastal waters.

They are demanding the government #DitchtheDumpers and find a responsible solution for mine tailings. Read more on our EARTHblog ⬇️

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 »

A mine tailings spill in Macedonia is expected to leave lasting damage to local river ecosystems. This spill is yet anot...
11/10/2020
We’re Going to See More Failures: Central Asia Metals’ Tailings Spill - Earthworks

A mine tailings spill in Macedonia is expected to leave lasting damage to local river ecosystems.

This spill is yet another example of why we need comprehensive global tailings management standards to hold mining companies accountable.

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 »

We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a hard fought, historic victory.This e...
11/07/2020
A just and more equitable clean energy future now within reach - Earthworks

We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a hard fought, historic victory.

This election is an embrace of America’s demand to restore integrity to our democracy and act urgently on climate.

Our work begins anew with the overwhelming endorsement of the American people and the promise of new leadership at such a critical time for health and climate. Because of this election, a just and more equitable clean energy future is within reach. Our statement ⬇️

“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… M...

11/05/2020

Our ability to protect the environment, climate, and social justice rests on the health of our democracy. The most important action we can take is to ensure our leaders #CountEveryVote.

As we wait to see who the President will be, a reminder: to protect communities & environment, we need a functioning dem...
11/04/2020
To protect the environment, we need a functioning democracy - Earthworks

As we wait to see who the President will be, a reminder: to protect communities & environment, we need a functioning democracy responsible to the people it governs.

And that requires that all votes be counted.

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 »

11/02/2020
Inside Gen Z's fight for climate change action

"The climate crisis makes racial injustice more unjust; it makes poverty more brutal. Our generation is able to make those connections. I think that's what gives us strength."

Gen Z is leading the fight for climate justice. Meet our West Texas Field Associate Miguel Escoto who’s mobilizing his Texas community to drop fossil fuels to protect their health & future.

"We are racing against time," one 18-year-old activist says. "We want our future to be better."

In a record year of drought-driven wildfires, Colorado is already feeling the impacts of our climate crisis. It's time t...
11/01/2020
Colorado should end routine venting and flaring

In a record year of drought-driven wildfires, Colorado is already feeling the impacts of our climate crisis. It's time to end the routine venting and flaring of methane and other greenhouse gases that drive climate change.

By BARBARA VASQUEZ

The Xinka Parliament of Guatemala announces a breakthrough in the Escobal mine consultation process and rejects the ongo...
10/28/2020
Xinka Parliament Announces Breakthrough in Escobal Mine Consultation Process, Rejects Pan American Silver’s Bad Faith - Earthworks

The Xinka Parliament of Guatemala announces a breakthrough in the Escobal mine consultation process and rejects the ongoing bad faith of Canadian miner Pan American Silver.

The Xinka Parliament is fighting for a real consultation on the Escobal mine, one that upholds free, prior and informed consent & respects Xinka organizing traditions. The Guatemalan government has finally accepted their 59 elected representatives to participate in the process. Read more ⬇️

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 ...

REPORT: Not only do clean energy jobs pay higher wages than the national median (by 25%), they were also growing faster ...
10/27/2020
Report: Clean Energy Jobs Pay 25% More Than National Median

REPORT: Not only do clean energy jobs pay higher wages than the national median (by 25%), they were also growing faster than total U.S. employment and all other energy sectors before COVID-19.

Median wages in solar, wind, grid modernization, energy efficiency were also found to be higher than jobs in coal, natural gas and petroleum fuels in 2019.

Some good news out of Louisiana as Formosa Plastics announced last week that it is delaying construction on parts of its...
10/26/2020
CHEMICALS: Plastics giant delays construction of new La. plant

Some good news out of Louisiana as Formosa Plastics announced last week that it is delaying construction on parts of its massive St. James Parish facility that would double toxic air pollution in the area.

Local communities aren't backing down from the fight and neither are we. Now is the time to #StopFormosa.

Formosa Plastics Corp.'s Louisiana division announced yesterday it would delay construction on parts of its massive St. James Parish facility, blaming the pandemic.

This week, we published the results of a 3-year investigation that reveals Colorado has a long way to go to fulfill its ...
10/24/2020
Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about Colorado’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves - Earthworks

This week, we published the results of a 3-year investigation that reveals Colorado has a long way to go to fulfill its promises to protect public health from oil and gas.

Agencies meant to protect communities and the environment from fracking only have the resources they need to inspect fewer than HALF of oil and gas sites in Colorado.

Governor Jared Polis should stop issuing new permits and rebuild Colorado's oil and gas regulatory agencies to put the public first.

From the Introduction: The rapidly expanding oil and gas industry in Colorado is releasing large volumes of greenhouse gases – despite scientific consensus that fossil fuel pollution must instead be greatly curtailed to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate… More »

Communities affected by the 2019 tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil are protesting to demand that Vale, the min...
10/23/2020

Communities affected by the 2019 tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil are protesting to demand that Vale, the mining company responsible, fully compensate the families harmed by its crimes.

✊🏽🏳 A Vale se negou a receber a pauta dos atingidos na ocupação da empresa hoje (22), intimidando os atingidos com ações truculentas da Polícia Militar. Foram 4 horas de resistência. Durante essa tarde a reunião de conciliação que está acontecendo em Belo Horizonte com o Estado, Vale e Instituições de Justiça não conta com a participação dos atingidos, e foi negada pelo Ministério Público Federal por não haver a participação dos atingidos na mesa de negociação.

Saímos daqui com a certeza de que só a luta faz valer! Os atingindos seguirão lutando pelo direito básico do acesso a água potável, pela continuação do auxílio financeiro emergencial e pela implementação do Programa Direito a Renda proposta pelos atingindos organizados no MAB.

✊🏽 Organização e luta garantem direitos!

TODAY at 4:00 pm PT, join filmmaker Claudia Sparrow, Ryan Mack of Goldman Environmental Prize, Earthworks' Mining Progra...
10/22/2020
MAXIMA

TODAY at 4:00 pm PT, join filmmaker Claudia Sparrow, Ryan Mack of
Goldman Environmental Prize, Earthworks' Mining Program Director Payal Sampat, and Marissa Vahlsing of EarthRights International for a live Q&A about the documentary film MAXIMA, which follows Máxima Acuña in the fight to protect her land from Newmont Mining.

Register here ⬇️

MAXIMA follows Peruvian farmer, and Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Máxima Acuña in her fight to protect her land as she stands up to the largest gold producer in the world: US-based Newmont Mining Corporation.

10/21/2020

Our latest report and 5-year investigation finds oil and gas sites like these pollute for months on end due to failures at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Texans deserve better from this agency, and until it can serve people over polluters, the state must stop issuing new oil & gas permits.

Read the full report: earthworks.org/loudandclear-TX

Connect the dots... just after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gutted methane pollution safeguards, experts are...
10/19/2020
The number of global methane hot spots has soared this year despite the economic slowdown

Connect the dots... just after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gutted methane pollution safeguards, experts are reporting a spike in methane hotspots across the U.S. Instead of letting polluters off the hook, we need to #CutMethane & #ActOnClimate before it's too late.

Global methane emissions rose 32 percent this year, a study found, and the European Union said it would aim to reduce methane releases in the oil and gas industry. Methane accounts for a quarter of global warming emissions from human activities.

This week, join @goldmanprize for a live Q&A and special screening of the documentary film "MAXIMA". This film follows P...
10/18/2020
MAXIMA

This week, join @goldmanprize for a live Q&A and special screening of the documentary film "MAXIMA".

This film follows Peruvian farmer and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Máxima Acuña in her fight to protect her land from the largest gold producer in the world: US-based Newmont Mining Corporation.

MAXIMA follows Peruvian farmer, and Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Máxima Acuña in her fight to protect her land as she stands up to the largest gold producer in the world: US-based Newmont Mining Corporation.

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