Chevron still fails to commit to reducing its emissions

March 9, 2021
Background: Today, Chevron announced a new energy transition strategy at its annual “Investor Day” event. Chevron set new targets to reduce intensity of its pollution, failing to commit to reducing its overall emissions. The “intensity” metric refers to scope 1 and scope… More »

New Mexico legislators need to stop repeat pollution offenders

March 4, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
Update on March 12th, 2021. New Mexico’s Bad Actor bill is inching closer to becoming law.  Last week the House passed it 42-36, and this week the Senate Conservation Committee voted 5-3 in favor. While the next step is a… More »

No time to waste in the New Mexico legislature to safeguard health and the environment

February 26, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
UPDATE 16 March 2021. Last week, New Mexico came a step closer to being able to better protect land, air, water, climate, and health. Senate Bill 8 passed the Senate 25-13 despite opposition from the oil and gas industry–whose legislative… More »

Flaring is (Still) Flamingly Stupid, but Unlit Flaring is Worse

January 25, 2021 • Jack McDonald
In May, Earthworks’ Senior Field Advocate, Sharon Wilson, wrote a blog post about the increasing prevalence of unlit flare stacks at oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin. Unlit and otherwise malfunctioning flares can release large volumes of pollution… More »

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How Regulators & Regulations Fail: TCEQ Enforcement

January 14, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Yesterday, I explained some of the downfalls of the permitting process within the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), as illustrated by an operator that has been allowed to get away with constant pollution and skirting of the rules. While… More »

How Regulators & Regulations Fail: TCEQ Permitting

January 13, 2021 • Jack McDonald
On October 8th, Earthworks sent an open letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Railroad Commission (RRC) outlining a history of misconduct at the MDC Pickpocket 21 drilling site. Earthworks’ certified optical gas imaging (OGI) thermographers had… More »

Statement on NMED’s report of increased pollution from oil and gas in the Permian

December 22, 2020
Background: On December 21st, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released findings from joint fly-over inspections conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing a 250% increase in oil and gas pollution in the New Mexican Permian Basin. NMED Director… More »

New Analysis Finds Oil And Gas Liquid Waste Continues to be used on Roads Despite Close of Hazardous Waste Loophole 

December 21, 2020
Contact: Liz Moran (518) 610-1828, emoran@nypirg.org; Melissa Troutman (724) 388-0464, mtroutman@earthworks.org; Eric Weltman (617) 304-5330, eweltman@fwwatch.org NEW ANALYSIS FINDS OIL AND GAS LIQUID WASTE CONTINUES TO BE USED  ON ROADS DESPITE CLOSURE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LOOPHOLE  On first day of… More »