Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, September 2021

October 26, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
A Reality Check   In early September we conducted fieldwork in the Front Range on 2-3 and 9-11 September. We investigated 57 oil and gas facilities, including well pads that are currently drilling or fracking, low-producing stripper well facilities, and… More »

Report: 69-84% of Texas methane flares are unpermitted

August 19, 2021
Released today by the environmental watchdog Earthworks and endorsed by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Flaring in Texas: a comprehensive government failure — What the Railroad Commission doesn’t track, it can’t govern, compares directly observed flares from… More »

Pennsylvania’s climate contradiction

August 5, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
Authors: Nadia Steinzor & Raphael Breit What do climate change goals and New Year’s resolutions have in common? The fact that it’s easy to make commitments–while fulfilling them requires planning, an assessment of what’s working and isn’t, and a willingness… More »

Comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised intended Air Quality Designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Colorado

July 21, 2021

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Close the Loophole in PA’s Proposed Rule for Oil & Gas Methane and VOCs

July 21, 2021 • Melissa Ostroff
Close the Loophole in PA DEP’s Proposed Rulemaking for Control of Methane and VOC Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Operations Pennsylvania is in the final stages of a new rule to reduce air pollution from existing oil and gas… More »

Earthworks hires Pennsylvania Field Advocate

June 13, 2021
Certified Thermographer back on the beat to monitor oil and gas pollution in PA Philadelphia, PA — Today, Earthworks announces the hire of a new Pennsylvania Field Advocate, Melissa Ostroff. Melissa is working with communities across the Commonwealth to help protect… More »

A case study for Gov. Polis: Do more to stop oil & gas pollution in Colorado

May 26, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Oil & gas pollution must stop in Colorado. The Polis administration has made promises, but to keep them the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) must do far, far better to protect health and climate. This is a… More »

Bold action in Texas necessary for Biden to hit climate goals

May 5, 2021
Background: On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature passed HB17, a bill preempting local municipalities from acting to ban or incentivize any type of power source from utilities. This means that a municipality could not favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels for… More »