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In the News: DeSmog March 28, 2023

Crypto Mining at Gas Wells Sparks Regulatory Headaches, Outcry in Northwestern Pennsylvania

Charles McPhedran, Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: “The question is whether DEP can make a forceful response to rogue crypto operators.”

Document January 26, 2023

Memorandum of Law Clean Air: Coalition of Western New York against Fortistar

The Public Service Commission’s decision to allow Digihost’s and Fortistar’s transaction will result in increased demand for the gas plant, resulting in a dramatic increase in its greenhouse gas emissions and interfering with New York’s achievement of its greenhouse gas limits.

In the News: NBC January 26, 2023

New lawsuit challenges state’s decision to turn a North Tonawanda power plant to a cryptocurrency company

Hillary Aidun, Attorney, Northeast Office: “The public service commission decided to approve the cryptocurrency purchase of a gas plant in North Tonawanda without doing that analysis that is required under the climate law… we are seeking to hold them accountable.”

In the News: The Verge January 26, 2023

New York faces a new legal fight over a proposed crypto-mining power plant

Dror Ladin, Attorney, Northeast Office: “The law says you can’t just ignore these really serious consequences. Running the plant 24 hours a day to mine crypto is going to be very bad both for the climate and for people in the area.”

Document January 13, 2023

Clean Air Coalition and Sierra Club v. NYS PSC, Fortistar North Tonawanda, Digihost International

The lawsuit contests the Public Service Commission’s) declaratory ruling allowing a proposed transaction between Fortistar North Tonawanda, LLC and Digihost, Inc. to proceed in contravention of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act).

Press Release January 13, 2023

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Challenging New York Public Service Commission’s Approval of Fracked Gas-Powered Crypto Mining Operations

Groups cite violation of New York Climate Law’s emissions reduction mandates; Operations could increase planet-heating emissions by 3500%

Press Release December 8, 2022

Senator Markey Introduces Legislation to Combat Energy-Intensive Cryptomining As It Strains Grid, Undermines U.S. Climate Goals

In the United States, Bitcoin crypto-asset mining facilities produce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to seven million gasoline-powered cars

In the News: WAMC December 3, 2022

Earthjustice's Liz Moran discusses NY crypto moratorium law

Earthjustice’s New York Policy Advocate Liz Moran speaks with WAMC’s Lucas Willard on New York State’s new cryptocurrency mining law.

The Greenidge Generating Station on the west shore of Seneca Lake, near Dresden, New York.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Article November 28, 2022

Crypto Miners Bought Their Own Power Plant. It's a Climate Disaster.

The plant’s air permit application was denied after community members fought back, with help from Earthjustice.

Press Release: Victory November 23, 2022

Earthjustice Applauds NY Gov. Hochul for Signing First-in-the-Nation Cryptocurrency Mining Moratorium

Per White House recommendations, law puts two-year pause on cryptocurrency mining in fossil-fueled power plants and requires DEC study

Press Release October 20, 2022

ICYMI: Three New Reports Paint Damning Picture of Climate-Killing & Community Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining

Reports from Earthjustice/Sierra Club, Scientific Reports, and the University of Cambridge break down the environmental costs of the growing, energy-guzzling cryptocurrency mining industry

The Greenidge Generation Bitcoin mining facility, along Seneca Lake in Dresden, NY, on Jul. 30, 2022.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
feature September 23, 2022

The Environmental Impacts of Cryptomining

In the first comprehensive documentation of the explosive growth of cryptocurrency mining in the United States, a new guidebook examines how this industry is impacting utilities, energy systems, emissions, communities and ratepayers.

The Greenidge Generation Bitcoin mining facility, along Seneca Lake in Dresden, NY, on Jul. 30, 2022.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Press Release September 23, 2022

Earthjustice and Sierra Club Release Comprehensive Guide to Environmental Impacts of Cryptomining

New guidebook breaks down nebulous and opaque industry and false claims to sustainability

Document September 23, 2022

The Energy Bomb: How Proof-of-Work Cryptocurrency Mining Worsens the Climate Crisis and Harms Communities Now

A report from Earthjustice and Sierra Club explains how proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining is an extremely energy-intensive process that threatens the ability of governments across the globe to reduce our dependence on climate-warming fossil fuels.

Press Release September 8, 2022

Earthjustice Applauds New White House Report on Cryptomining Threats to Climate, Energy, & Communities

Earthjustice is litigating against cryptomining operations across the U.S., including New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, and Montana

Press Release: Victory June 30, 2022

New York State Denies Air Pollution Permit for Fossil Fuel-burning Crypto mining operation, Citing Energy-Intensity and Environmental Concerns

With New York’s nation-leading climate law, furthering fossil fuel burning is not within the state’s goals

Document June 29, 2022

SEC Comments Cryptocurrency Mining Companies

The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors Comments on the Proposed Rule Related to Publicly-Traded Proof-of-Work Cryptocurrency Mining Companies, File Number S7-10-22

Press Release June 3, 2022

Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Power Plants for Cryptocurrency Mining Passed by Senate, Gov. Hochul Can Protect NY’s Environment and People by Signing into Law

First-in-nation cryptocurrency moratorium places two-year pause on fossil fuel burning mining operations pending environmental review