Earthworks is the only U.S. environmental nonprofit that focuses exclusively on the destructive impacts of resource extraction on communities and the environment, in the United States and around the world.
We work to achieve that goal in different ways, including:
- Our Oil & Gas Accountability Project serves drilling impacted communities around the country.
- Our No Dirty Gold campaign which pressures jewelry retailers (whose demand represents 80% of annual gold mine production) to responsibly source their gold
- Our Bristol Bay campaign to protect the world's largest remaining wild salmon fishery.
One of most valuable assets is our staff -- many of whom have worked with Earthworks on mining and drilling issues for more than a decade -- who provide the kind of expertise available nowhere else.
Our photo library contains a geographically arranged collection of images of drilling and mining impacts on communities and the environment.
Our growing library of videos includes campaign shorts, interviews with affected communities, and pollution exposes.
Experts warn of bursting shale gas bubble: New York legislators briefed on the economics of fracking
Albany, New York—With several bills pending in the New York legislature related to natural gas development in the state, elected officials were briefed today on new research revealing its economic limitations.
Hosted by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Earthworks, Energy Policy Forum, Environmental Advocates of New York, Frack Action, and the Post Carbon Institute, the briefing focused on two groundbreaking reports released this spring. In sum, scientific and financial analyses show that the medium- to long-term benefits of shale fracking may be illusory and more similar to the housing bubble than the economic silver bullet promised by the gas industry.
The reports, “Drill Baby Drill” by veteran coal and gas geologist David Hughes and “Shale and Wall Street” by financial analyst Deborah Rogers, assess the economic sustainability of the tight oil and shale gas booms that are sweeping America—and could come to New York through fracking in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. They comprise a thorough and up-to-date analysis of data on more than 60,000 oil and gas wells and a comprehensive review of the financial status of the companies leading the charge to expand domestic fossil fuel development.