While Wheeler gives gas industry pat on the back, residents call on EPA to protect them–not polluters

October 31, 2018 • Leann Leiter
Last week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–the first city in the world to ban the practice of fracking, in a state second only to Texas for its production of shale gas. But Mr. Wheeler… More »

Oil and Gas Want ‘Equity’ In Regulations, And We Couldn’t Agree More

October 29, 2018 • Melissa Troutman
Without closing regulatory loopholes for the oil and gas industry, the EPA’s latest produced water study won’t protect anything but the industry’s bottom line. On October 9th, the U.S. EPA held a public meeting about its “holistic” study of oil… More »

Leaky oil wells in Allegheny National Forest prove Pennsylvania needs conventional drilling rules more than ever

October 9, 2018 • Leann Leiter
On a trip through Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest (ANF), you’ll of course see trees, streams, and wildlife. But what might come as a surprise is all the industrial equipment along the road and jutting out from weedy clearings. As you… More »

Oil & gas industry climate commitment is talk, not action, until proven otherwise

September 24, 2018 • Earthworks
Today the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative announced concrete methane reduction commitments on behalf of its member companies, which include many of the industry’s largest companies. In response Earthworks’ Policy Director releases this statement: “The history of the oil and… More »

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Trump’s EPA publishes rollback of oil & gas methane rule

September 11, 2018 • Earthworks
“With this methane safeguard rollback President Trump’s EPA just sacrificed public health and climate for oil and gas industry profits. And he did so despite some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies endorsing the need for methane rules.… More »

Arvin CA acts to protect residents from oil and gas

September 10, 2018 • Kyle Ferrar
On July 17, 2018, the City of Arvin, CA passed a setback ordinance restricting new oil and gas wells from within 300 feet of residential and commercially zoned areas. In a state such as California, local ordinances restricting the oil… More »

California Makes Major Polluter Pay for Contribution to Climate Change

September 5, 2018 • Pete Dronkers
Leann Leiter co-authored this blog with Pete Dronkers. California sets an important precedent by forcing a major polluter to pay for some of the damage it caused after the infamous Aliso Canyon gas storage leak. Other states whose oil and gas… More »

How one Ohio family surrounded by shale gas plants took action and made their property more livable

August 30, 2018 • Tyler Rivlin
Leann Leiter co-authored this blog with Tyler Rivlin. Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years,… More »