Cutting oil & gas methane pollution essential to House Climate Action Plan

June 30, 2020
Background: The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its report today fulfilling a commitment made by the House Democratic caucus when they attained control over the chamber in 2018. The report recommends more robust climate rules for polluters,… More »

The Shale Bubble is Bursting. Let It.

May 4, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
Bail out people, not polluters. Read this story on Earth Island Journal. For 15 years, fracking inflated a shale oil and gas bubble that is now about to burst. The oil and gas industry promoted itself as a hero bringing… More »

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 »

History comes and goes—and so should the shale industry

April 10, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor
It’s been almost 10 years since the death of my father, who, when current events were bleak, would instruct me to “take a historical perspective…many things eventually get better.” His childhood memories were of the Great Depression and his last… More »

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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 »

Montana Youth Fight for the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

April 2, 2020 • William Northrop
On March 13th, a group of Montana’s youth (ranging from the ages of 2-18), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the First Judicial District Court against the State of Montana arguing they are harmed by the “dangerous… More »

Exxon’s Methane Announcement is Too Little, Too Late in the Midst of the Climate Crisis it Helped Create

March 4, 2020
“The time to celebrate a vague announcement like Exxon’s — calling on nonspecific government actors to reduce oil and gas methane pollution with weak policies — was 30 years ago. Unfortunately, at that point, Exxon was fully invested in successfully… More »