Community Empowerment Project

The Community Empowerment Project is a powerful new tool that enables communities to use the best available technology to expose toxic fracking air pollution.

Thanks to generous Earthworks supporters, we were able to purchase a FLIR Gasfinder camera, the same kind used by industry and government agencies to detect leaks and chronic pollution.

But instead of hiding this technology it in the halls of power, we’re putting it in the hands of people.

The Climate Change Impacts of Fracking and the Call for EPA Action

November 21, 2014 • Aaron Mintzes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued last week a new rule intended to clarify the oil and gas emissions data drilling companies submit to EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program (GHGRP). The new regulation takes effect at the beginning of next year and reflects a better picture of the methane pollution from oil and gas production. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is an enormously potent greenhouse gas polluter. Scientists now estimate that methane traps 86 times more heat over a twenty-year period than the same amount of carbon dioxide. These improved new reporting requirements place more emphasis on emissions beyond the wellhead. As a result, gas industry leaks from all aspects of the production, transmission, and distribution get reported to GHGRP.

Infrared videos show Denton oil and gas air pollution still unaddressed by regulators

October 21, 2014 • Earthworks

Oct 21st, Denton, TX -- Newly released infrared videos taken over the past three months show that oil and gas air pollution is ongoing, chronic, and unaddressed in Denton, Texas despite assurances of safety by industry. The videos make visible normally invisible volatile organic compounds emissions (VOCs) -- such as carcinogens like benzene.

Millions of Americans urge Obama administration to curb oil and gas climate pollution

October 16, 2014 • Earthworks et. al.

Washington, DC – Today, 130 local, state and national organizations representing millions of Americans sent a letter to President Obama urging him to immediately begin a rulemaking process to curb methane pollution from oil and gas development, the nation’s second largest industrial climate polluter after power plants. Methane, the principal component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20 year time period.

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State oversight allows flaring in North Dakota and Texas to emit greenhouse gases equal to 1.5 million cars

August 22, 2014 • Earthworks, Skytruth

Aug 22 -- Today Earthworks released a new report showing that eliminating natural gas waste in two shale plays would have the same effect as taking 1.5 million cars off the road. The report is accompanied by an interactive map developed by SkyTruth showing flaring activity in the U.S. and around the world based on nightly, infrared satellite data.

Hold your breath for the Judy family

August 12, 2014 • Nadia Steinzor

What does it mean to be 'surrounded' by the fracking industry and oil and gas development? Is it a few wells in your neighborhood? A compressor station in your town?

For Pam Judy and her family in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania it's all that and more.

The Judy family’s home is 0.21 miles away from the closest well and 0.16 miles away from the Cumberland/Henderson compressor station. Within one mile of their home there are 16 unconventional and 21 conventional wells.

Blackout Case Study 1 – Pam Judy

August 7, 2014 • Nadia Steinzor

Blackout in the Gas Patch Case Study 1: Pam Judy from Carmichaels, Greene County PA

New report: Pennsylvania prioritizes fracking at expense of law, health, environment

August 7, 2014 • Earthworks

Washington, DC - The environmental and health impacts of gas development have been connected for the first time with a lack of state oversight on a site-by-site basis in a new report released by Earthworks. A year in the making, Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement documents and analyzes the permitting, oversight, and operational record of 135 wells and facilities in seven counties--and identifies the associated threats to water and air that are harming the health of nearby residents.