Press Room

The following press clips highlight the work of Earth Ministry/WAIPL or include quotes from our staff and members.

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Coal Export Plans Spiral Further As Arch Coal Withdraws Plan for Largest Strip Mine in Country

March 10, 2016 Power Past Coal  Longview, WA — Arch Coal, Inc. has asked Montana Department of Environmental Quality to suspend all work on their permit application for the Otter Creek Mine, and is closing their Otter Creek Coal offices. Arch Coal’s announcement follows the company…
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Speakers offer overview of environmental and climate issues for state, world

The Fig Tree reports back from the 2016 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference where Earth Ministry’s Jessie Dye teamed up with John Sirois of the Upper Columibia United Tribes to facilitate a workshop on environmental justice issues.  The Fig Tree March 2016  Jessie Dye discusses toxics, oil…
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Peace Lutheran Church Goes RainWise

Peace Lutheran Church, a Greening Congregation in West Seattle, has installed a beautiful rain garden. Check out this video from the dedication ceremony and learn how your congregation can go RainWise too!  King County Water Treatment Division March 4, 2016  Honoring a larger commitment to environmental stewardship…
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Edmonds Lutheran Church is Going Solar

We are happy to announce that Edmonds Lutheran Church, a congregational member of Earth Ministry, is going solar!  Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Lutheran Church (ELC) will install a solar photovoltaic system to generate renewable energy for their facility this coming week. The system will be installed…
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Two Perspectives on the Delta 5 Trial

In September 2014 Earth Ministry member, Abby Brockway and four other people chained themselves to a tripod over a train track used for oil trains on the BNSF line. They were arrested for trespassing after many hours on the tracks. Abby joined the group, now known as the Delta…
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Pastoring at the Crossroads of Science and Faith

Laura Baumgartner, member of University Temple UMC in Seattle and candidate for ministry, shares how an internship at Earth Ministry is giving her new opportunities to witness on behalf of God’s creation.  By Laura Baumgartner United Methodist PNW Conference News January 19, 2016  The intersection of science…
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Want to Stop Oil Trains? We Have Work to Do!

Rev. Richenda Fairhurst was the dynamic MC of the rally at last week’s oil hearing in Vancouver, WA. Her enthusiasm and hope energized the crowd who came together from across the state to stand up to big oil’s proposal for the largest facility in North America.  By Rev. Richenda…
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Interfaith Statement on Washington's Clean Air Rule

Earth Ministry/WAIPL Executive Director LeeAnne Beres and ten other religious leaders recently met with Governor Jay Inslee to discuss how we can combat climate change in Washington. These faith leaders, representing Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Sikh traditions, have since released a short statement in support for…
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Grays Harbor: "First oil hearing garners large opposition"

People power dominated the first public hearing on the proposed oil holding facilities in Grays Harbor County. Earth Ministry staff and members attended this hearing to represent moral concerns about the poor stewardship of these dangerous projects. Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Zimmerle, is quoted below. By Kyle Mittan The…
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Officials hear overwhelming opposition to crude terminals

An account of Aberdeen’s public hearing on proposed oil holding facilities at which community members raised their voices against these dirty and dangerous projects. YOU can submit a comment here through the end of October.  By Jake Schild and Kyle Mittan The Daily World October 9, 2015  Locals and…
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