Can’t anybody here play this game?

May 13, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

“Can’t anybody here play this game?” baseball manager Casey Stengel said about his 1962 New York Mets, renowned as the worst team of all time.

Stengel’s famous line comes to mind with the recent publication of a report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, showing that the federal Bureau of Land Management, the leading regulator of oil and gas drilling on federal land, wasn’t even inspecting more than 2,100 of 3,702 wells drilled between fiscal years 2009 and 2012 that the bureau, itself, had designated as high risks for water pollution or other environmental harm.

How California Achieves Independence from Oil

April 11, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Last week the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals held a hearing entitled, “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil”. This hearing was a thinly-veiled promotional exercise for increasing oil drilling and fracking in the Golden State.

Fracking moratoria introducida en California

February 22, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

El 20 de febrero, los senadores Holly Mitchell (D - Los Ángeles) y Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), introdujeron la Legislación de Senado (SB) 1132 a la Legislatura de California, la cual pide una moratoria al fracturamiento hidráulico y otros tipos de estimulación no convencional (como la acidificación).

Fracking Moratorium Bill Introduced in California

February 21, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Yesterday, Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 1132 to the California Legislature, which calls for a moratorium on fracking and other types of unconventional well stimulation (like acidizing).

Current law (SB4) requires an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) but there are at least two problems with it:

  • Fracking and acidizing is allowed to continue while regulators conduct the EIR – essentially treating Californians’ water and health as fracking guinea pigs
  • The current EIR doesn’t assess the full range of impacts of fracking/acidizing.

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Nothing neutral about it

February 19, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

News broke this week that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – the state agency responsible for regulating fracking and the expansion of the oil and gas industry -- spent taxpayer money to commission a secret promotional communications plan for that selfsame industry.  Made public thanks to a Sierra Club open records request, the plan was prepared to pave the way for the Kasich administration to permit fracking for oil and gas in state forest and state park lands.

An unfortunate lesson in insensitivity

January 29, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Last weekend, we carelessly posted an image on Twitter that promoted classism and transphobia. It was wrong for us to have posted this image, and we apologize to our community.

We want to say a little bit of background about how this happened, because we think that there is little point in learning a lesson if you can't articulate the lesson you learned.

We are writing this post for public consumption, because the initial offensive image was posted publicly.

State of the Union: On clean energy & climate change, President Obama is his own worst enemy

January 28, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, he must explain why his administration’s policies on clean energy, climate and environmental goals have not lived up to his own standards. The President declares it is his policy to:

“Build the foundation for a clean energy economy, tackle the issue of climate change, and protect our environment.”

But his actions speak otherwise. In doing so, he is ignoring his own administration’s best available science on energy and the environment.

Complaints about mining’s burdensome regulations are unfounded

January 18, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

In his Jan. 10 op-ed (Threats to US mining exemplified in Rosemont Copper delays), Dan McGroarty ridiculously complains about the mining industry’s regulatory burden in general, and the Rosemont mine proposal’s specifically. To boot, he claims my organization epitomizes mining obstructionism.

Mr. McGroarty’s complaints are outrageous because federal law requires the U.S. Forest Service to approve the Rosemont mine.