STATEMENT from Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks on HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act

February 15, 2018
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Some places are too special to mine, drill or frack.

Whether it’s home to the last population of grizzly bears in the state, unique wild rivers and streams, pristine habitat or sacred tribal lands, some places must be protected.

Using political, regulatory, legal and public pressure campaigns, Earthworks seeks to protect our greatest treasures from undue harm.

We measure our success not only by the numbers of places protected or well pads prevented, but also by precedent we continue to set. Every small victory helps us demonstrate the need for greater discretion in the hands of decision makers.

As the result of the 1872 Mining Law and other unjust rules, the choices available to regulatory agencies are limited. Ultimately, protecting iconic places relies on establishing a regulatory system that allows concerns for our natural and cultural heritage to compete with industry interests. We’re working to create the political opportunity to make the right decision.

From Alaska’s Bristol Bay, home to the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery, to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, home of the ancient roads and sacred burial grounds, we are fighting to protect our heritage from irreversible destruction.

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness
Cabinet Mountains Wilderness
One of the original Wilderness areas
Montana's Smith River
Montana's Smith River
Beloved river and trout habitat
Bristol Bay
Bristol Bay
The world's greatest wild salmon fishery
Oak Flat
Oak Flat
A sacred Apache site and campground

STATEMENT from Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks on HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act

February 15, 2018
Latest News