Building Bridges: Sharing Fracking Experiences in Argentina

June 16, 2015 • Jhon Arbelaez

There is a misconception in the United States, that for Latinos in our country, and people in Latin America, environmental issues are not a priority. Latinos care deeply about the environment, and what impact our actions have on our Mother Earth. This point was never as clear to me as on my recent trip to Argentina.

Países Latinoamericanos Luchan Contra El Fracking

April 20, 2015 • Jhon Arbelaez

En un reciente viaje a acampar en la región de Big Sur de California, me sentí abrumado por cuántos otros campistas estaban ahí en el medio de la naturaleza. A lo largo de la orilla del río, por lo menos dos docenas de tiendas fueron instaladas, algunas en las laderas de la montaña, y otras en zonas de inundación. Todos estaban allí con un pensamiento en mente - para divertirse. Aún en este estado, nadie se detuvo a considerar las consecuencias de sus acciones: 

Latin American communities prepare to fight fracking

April 20, 2015 • Jhon Arbelaez

On a recent camping trip to California's Big Sur region, I was overwhelmed by how many other campers were out there in the middle of the wilderness. Along the river bank, at least two dozen tents were set up, some on hillsides, others in flash flood zones. Everyone was there with one thought in mind - to have fun. Yet in this state, no one stopped to consider the consequences of their actions:

Californians are at risk because Californians’ fracking health risks are ignored

March 30, 2015 • Jhon Arbelaez

Earthworks, in partnership with Clean Water Action, recently published California’s first infrared analysis of oil & gas air pollution’s impact on communities.

When we began research for this report nearly a year ago, we discovered a disturbing lack of data specific to California on the health effects from oil & gas in our state. With a production of nearly 200 million barrels of oil in 2013 alone, this lack of data raises serious questions about our state’s priorities when it comes to protecting the health of its citizens.

We examined two communities. Our analysis found that residents living along with oil & gas production in Lost Hills (Kern County), and Upper Ojai (Ventura County), are at increased risk for health impacts from exposure to oil and gas air emissions.

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Former Mayor Featured in Gasland Movies Launches California Speaking Tour

July 24, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, TX, is speaking to fracking affected communities in California this week, from July 24th through July 26th. Calvin's story has been featured in the films Gasland and Gasland II. He will be talking about his own experiences with fracking, effects on public health and the environment, and property rights.

In Solidarity with Argentina

July 21, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

A recent report by Accenture named Argentina as the best placed country, outside of North America, to develop its shale resources.

Why? Argentina holds some of the largest natural gas reserves in the world - 200 trillion cubic feet more than the United States.

Updated fracking regulations in California leave much to be desired

June 27, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

In keeping up with the tradition of waiting until the public is not paying attention, the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), released their latest draft regulations for fracking, and other unconventional well stimulation on Friday, June 13, at 4:00PM local time – right before the weekend.

As required by SB4, DOGGR updated the proposed permanent regulations, which were released in November 2013, right before Thanksgiving. Earthworks, along with our partner organizations in California, submitted extensive comments that would enhance the regulations, and truly protect Californians' health and the environment.

Over 50K People Ask Governor Brown to see Fracking Related Problems in Person

June 18, 2014 • Jhon Arbelaez

The town of Shafter, in Central California’s Kern County, has become ground zero hydraulic fracturing in the state. Dozens of wells have been fracked in the small town, with some wells just a few hundred feet from schools, parks, homes, and churches.

The largely Hispanic community has suffered from health impacts, including headaches, nosebleeds, asthma, and increased incidences of cancer. They are tired of suffering the consequences of expanded unconventional oil extraction, while oil companies continue to line their pockets with profits.