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

February 15, 2018 • Earthworks
“We need to reform our mining laws, which are hopelessly out of date, but not loosen oversight. Communities across the country live with mining pollution , and taxpayers -- not the polluters -- too often pay for cleanup. We need accountability. We need to hold mining companies responsible for their pollution to protect communities and save taxpayer dollars.

Interior Secretary Zinke proposes gutting BLM’s methane safeguards

February 12, 2018 • Earthworks
Once again, Trump, Zinke and their oil industry cronies have put corporate profits ahead of the American taxpayer.

Trump budget sacrifices health, climate

February 12, 2018 • Earthworks
Coupled with his ‘infrastructure’ proposal’s attacks on our most basic environmental laws, President Trump’s plans to slash the EPA budget by 34% make abundantly clear that his Administration is proud to sacrifice our health and environment to benefit the mining and oil and gas industries.

Trump “Infrastructure” Scam Threatens Clean Air, Water and Public Lands

February 12, 2018 • Earthworks
Masquerading as a plan to bolster our nation’s aging infrastructure, President Trump’s proposal is actually a dangerous rollback of our bedrock environmental laws.

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ExxonMobil/XTO endorses rules to cut oil & gas methane pollution

February 5, 2018 • Earthworks
“Earthworks welcomes XTO’s call for methane regulations. As a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, the largest oil company in the world, we hope XTO goes beyond just words and advocates for common-sense methane standards at every level of government. Fortunately for community… More »

Earthworks statement re President Trump’s Critical Minerals Executive Order

February 5, 2018 • Earthworks
“President Trump’s misguided executive order to speed up permitting of ‘critical minerals’ threatens communities and the environment. The Government Accountability Office reports the government takes about two years to permit a hardrock mine, competitive with other modern democracies with robust mining industries.… More »

Indigenous and Environmental Justice Groups Rally at U.S. Bank Headquarters to Protest the Bank’s Investment in Pipeline Projects

February 3, 2018 • Stop ETP
Minneapolis, MN – Hundreds of Indigenous water protectors, concerned Minnesotans, and activists from around the country rallied today at the U.S. Bank Headquarters to demand that U.S. Bank uphold its promise to divest from oil and gas pipelines, including those by… More »

Earthworks hires new CO/NM oil & gas field advocate

January 31, 2018 • Earthworks
Leadville, CO — Today, Earthworks announced the hire of Nathalie Eddy as the Oil & Gas Field Advocate for Colorado and New Mexico. The new position is part of Earthworks’ expandedCommunity Empowerment Project (CEP) to reduce the air, health, and climate impacts… More »