Pebble Mine: Agency Experts Continue to Find Flaws and Unacceptable Impacts

May 13, 2020 • Bonnie Gestring
The latest comments from state and federal agency experts confirm what we’ve known all along: the proposed Pebble Mine is a disastrous project that should not be permitted. In February, the Army Corps of Engineers released an update of its… More »

The Permian Climate Bomb

May 13, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Oil and gas production in the Permian Basin remains a major global warming threat even as the number of rigs and wells, and volume of production, dip. Read this blog on Earth Island Journal The shale bubble is bursting. The… More »

When oil is in your backyard–where do you go when your doctor says don’t stay home?

May 6, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Tyler Rivlin and Raphael Breit.  On December 22, 2019, James Brugh and his wife Victoria, who was seven months pregnant,  received a letter from an Ob-Gyn they had visited in Bismarck, ND. Concerned about Victoria’s… More »

Flaring is Flamingly Stupid. Unlit Flares are Worse.

May 4, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
Last week EDF released a new aspect to its astounding Permian methane map (go visit it!) addressing unlit and malfunctioning flares. This is important because, as bad as flares are, unlit flares are worse. Flares are permitted by regulators to… More »

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Public Lands Victory Highlights Need to Clean Up Old Wells

April 29, 2020 • Leann Leiter
With the federal government pushing to open more public land to oil and gas drilling, the courts have an important role to play in protecting the places we need for recreation and nature’s solace. That reality played out last month… More »

Industry blockage of Broomfield’s COVID/fracking public health order tests SB181

April 9, 2020
Background: Yesterday the City of Broomfield reluctantly voted not to impose an emergency Public Health order to prevent Extraction Oil & Gas from conducting flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home remains in place. They made this decision because they were advised by… More »

Increased unlit flaring means Rystad’s oil & gas ‘silver lining’ might be illusory

April 6, 2020
Background: Today Rystad Energy announced “flaring levels in the Permian Basin have fallen sharply and will continue to decline throughout the year”. Earthworks’ certified field thermographers have made hundreds of Permian field inspections with optical gas imaging cameras since 2016 and discovered… More »

Pollution on purpose? Unlit flares in TX harm health & climate–during a public health & climate crisis

April 2, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
On any given day in the Texas oil fields, operators are legally permitted to let natural gas go up in flames. As Earthworks’ field investigations have found, they also let it go up in smoke. Recent studies indicate that flaring… More »