Infrared camera reveals huge oil & gas air pollution plume near Erie homes

August 28, 2018
Denver & Washington, D.C. — Earthworks, an environmental nonprofit whose energy program is based in Durango, today published optical gas imaging (infrared) video showing oil and gas air pollution from Extraction’s new production facilities (Coyote Trails) near Erie, CO blowing towards homes… More »

On methane, Mexico moves forward as the U.S. moves backward

August 14, 2018 • Lauren Pagel
Priscilla Villa co-authored this blog with Lauren Pagel On July 30th, Mexico released their new proposed safeguards to reduce oil and gas air pollution — specifically methane and associated toxic volatile organic compounds. These new standards are stronger than anything… More »

Shell’s Falcon: A Pipeline and an Incomplete Plan

August 8, 2018 • Leann Leiter
In late 2017, Shell Pipeline Company filed a 20,000 page application for permits to construct the 45-mile Falcon Ethane Pipeline —and that’s just for its route through Pennsylvania. But don’t be fooled by the huge volume of information: this plan… More »

Comments on EPA Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Facilities New Owner Audit Program Agreement

July 9, 2018 • Aaron Mintzes

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What’s in the air? The residents of Powhatan Point OH deserve answers.

April 2, 2018 • Leann Leiter
After a gas well owned by XTO, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, exploded on February 15, it continued leaking pollution into the air for three weeks. The word “leak” is deceiving–what came out of the Schnegg well was a 100-foot vertical… More »

Joint letter to PA DEP re Enforcement Guidelines

November 17, 2014 • Earthworks, et al

Letter urging Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection not to weaken its enforcement standards

Blackout in the Gas Patch

August 7, 2014 • Nadia Steinzor

How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement examines the consequences of prioritizing industry expansion without an equal commitment to protecting the public.

Shedding light on a gas patch blackout

August 7, 2014 • Nadia Steinzor

When a friend recently asked me how work was going, I told him about an investigative research project that Earthworks was finishing up. He responded with a quote by writer Kurt Vonnegut: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do the maintenance.”

That about sums up the central conclusion of our new report, Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement—that as Pennsylvania’s government rushes to expand fracking, it is failing to protect air, water, and health. In other words, the state is more than willing to build the gas and oil industry, but is far less interested in making sure it functions well.