Earthworks Moves DEQ, Newfield to Reduce Pollution

January 8, 2019 • Earthworks
Kingfisher, OK — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) found Newfield Exploration caused illegal air pollution and violated the terms of its permits at two well sites in Kingfisher County, according to documents recently obtained by Earthworks. Earthworks filed formal… More »

Undeserved Credit: Why emissions banking in California’s San Joaquin Valley puts air quality at risk

November 5, 2018 • Earthworks

Letter from the Editor: The Stories of Communities Fighting for What’s Right

November 1, 2018 • Phil Dickieson
So much is at stake right now. Across the world, people are fighting for their environment, their health, and their communities. When we began to compile story ideas for our Fall 2018 Earthworks Journal, one of our biggest challenges was… More »

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 »

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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 »

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 »