Atmospheric dumping ground: studies spotlight flaring in the Permian Basin

August 22, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
Oil and gas companies often claim they limit pollution by using “best practices.” But what happens when those practices actually make things worse? Such is the case with flaring natural gas, which operators and regulators claim is necessary to avoid… More »

10 Years is Long Enough: How Colorado is Taking Steps to Clean Up Abandoned Mines

August 16, 2019 • Pete Dronkers
Although uranium mining in Colorado largely went dormant decades ago, about 20 actively permitted mines – mostly in western Colorado on federal lands – still have not been cleaned up and reclaimed. But last month, the Colorado Court of Appeals… More »

Part of the public land experience: Waste and pollution

August 13, 2019 • Leann Leiter
You may well know, Pennsylvania readers, that you are a part-owner of the stunning Pine Creek Gorge (known as the state’s “Grand Canyon”) and its diverse and verdant watershed. But the oil and gas industry’s free rein in these lush… More »

Regulatory resolution: after years of problems, Arvin CA residents get some pollution relief

August 12, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
All good things come to those who wait, the saying goes. An Arvin, CA neighborhood recently experienced this—though unfortunately the waiting included years of pollution impacts. As the video below shows, from 2017-2019, Earthworks documented a leaking tank at the… More »

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Madness at the Mad Dog well site: one family’s quest for change

August 5, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Seems like it takes far less time to build and drill an oil and gas well than for nearby residents to get relief from the consequences. At least that’s what the Tiberie family of Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania found out the… More »

Four fossil fuel blasts in two days

August 1, 2019 • Melissa Troutman
In the past two days – Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st – four explosions at oil and gas facilities in as many states have had tragic results.  On Wednesday:  One person died as a result of an oil… More »