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A few good bills in Texas to fight oil and gas air pollution

March 14, 2019 • Sharon Wilson
The Texas state legislature doesn’t always give me a lot of hope. From outlawing local control to the two new ALEC bills restricting our freedom to protest, there is a lot not to like in Austin. But this legislative session… More »

Methane From Oil and Gas is a Climate Crisis

October 5, 2018 • Sharon Wilson
Climate Change: the complex issue that we just can’t seem to figure out. Confusion around the causes and effects of climate change make it easy for the oil and gas industry, its scientists for hire, and scheming politicians to muddy… More »

Town Hall Meeting: Transform the TX Railroad Commission

July 25, 2016 • Sharon Wilson

Since HB40 took away our right to ban fracking at the local level Texans need new ways to protect our homes and families. Now more than ever, Texans need our regulators, the Texas Railroad Commission, to rein in the oil and gas industry and protect our basic rights. 

Stop fracking with our public lands

February 12, 2016 • Sharon Wilson

For the past year I have been travelling the country exposing otherwise invisible air pollution from fracking and fracking-related development. In 2014, Earthworks was able to buy a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) Gasfinder 320 camera thanks to the generous support of our members and donors. This camera is the gold-standard of oil and gas pollution detection. Industry and government alike use the same model camera and have the same certification I do to operate it. The camera detects methane and about 20 different volatile organic compounds that are health-harming and climate polluting.

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Denton, Texas sends fracking ban to November ballot

July 16, 2014 • Sharon Wilson

I spent eight hours in Denton on Tuesday night at a city council hearing to consider a ban on fracking in city limits, and during that time, I saw the oil and gas industry do what they do best. And that’s not drilling and fracking, folks. It’s bullying, lying, spreading propaganda and fear mongering. Their behavior and dirty tricks were abysmal and fooled no one who mattered; even the Council called them out on it.

The good news is that I also saw the people of Denton, nearly 100 of them, stand up and speak for their rights to clean air, and to quiet neighborhoods, and healthy kids. The bad news is that the city council listened to the industry suits, wearing nice shoes and representing oil and gas companies and mineral rights owners intent on profiting from other people’s misery. At 3AM, the city council voted against a ban, sending the question to the ballot measure in the fall.

We made the ground shake in Austin!

January 24, 2014 • Sharon Wilson

A bus load of Texans made the ground shake in Austin this week.

And I’m still shaking! Their dedication to helping others and protecting our communities, homes and children is truly inspiring.

More than 50 Texans from North Texas (the area around Azle) took time off from work and school, woke up at 3am and sat on a bus for eight hours to tell our government officials we need immediate action to stop fracking related earthquakes.

Fracking ‘soap’ is hazardous to your health

December 6, 2013 • Sharon Wilson

This week residents in Mansfield, Texas were alarmed by a shower of foam that “shot back up the hole” of the too-close-to-their-homes EagleRidge Energy (EagleRidge) gas well. The foam hung in trees and covered their yards for hours.

EagleRidge said the foam was industrial soap used as a lubricant. Mansfield firefighters tested it and “found nothing toxic.” The residents should request MSDS sheets.

At least they didn’t say it was Dove Soap, as other fracking industry representatives have done.

When government fails, people near fracking are left with few choices

October 18, 2013 • Sharon Wilson

When fracking happens there are documented impacts to people and the environment:.

  • Federal government has both failed to respond and has actively walked away from these impacts.
  • State regulators are guilty of malfeasance.
  • Documentation of harm is denied and kept secret.

This pattern repeats itself all across the United States and the globe.