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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Committees in the House of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are attempting to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to delay essential health and environmental safeguards.
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Secretary McDonnell commits PA DEP to enforce laws while EPA refuses, other states must do the same

April 16, 2020
Background: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent a letter to stakeholders regarding the agency’s enforcement policy during COVID and Governor Wolf’s indefinite Stay-at-Home order.  The response by Secretary McDonnell follows a request made by numerous environmental groups that sought the clarification,… More »

DEP needs to be more responsive to residents–not less–during a public health crisis.

April 11, 2020 • Melissa Troutman
This is a follow-up to a press release issued last week by Earthworks regarding a resident complaint and the PA DEP’s policy on investigations during COVID. During a public health emergency, the government response to one crisis should not fuel… More »

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EPA: COVID is reason not to protect public health from polluters

March 27, 2020
Background: After industries, including oil and gas industry trade association the American Petroleum Institute, petitioned the Trump Administration requesting waivers from compliance from various federal agencies’ oversight due to the COVID crisis, on March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… More »

Oil and gas industry uses COVID to ask Interior to exempt polluters from oversight

March 27, 2020
Background: Earlier this week the American Petroleum Institute sent a letter to the White House requesting exemptions from regulatory oversight during the COVID crisis. The Western Energy Alliance and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association are requesting suspensions on… More »

EPA response to COVID-19 would worsen another ongoing health & climate crisis

March 24, 2020
“It’s obscene that the Environmental Protection Agency responds to the worst public health crisis in a century by loosening oversight of oil and gas polluters that threaten public health and climate.  The federal response to one crisis should not worsen… More »

API response to COVID demands protecting polluters over people

March 23, 2020
“During a public health crisis, it’s obscene for the oil and gas industry’s trade association to suggest that its members shouldn’t have to comply with oversight intended to protect the public. But that’s what the American Petroleum Institute requested of… More »