Pollution on purpose? Unlit flares in TX harm health & climate–during a public health & climate crisis

April 2, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
On any given day in the Texas oil fields, operators are legally permitted to let natural gas go up in flames. As Earthworks’ field investigations have found, they also let it go up in smoke. Recent studies indicate that flaring… More »

Montana Youth Fight for the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

April 2, 2020 • William Northrop
On March 13th, a group of Montana’s youth (ranging from the ages of 2-18), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the First Judicial District Court against the State of Montana arguing they are harmed by the “dangerous… More »

Broomfield’s oil & gas COVID order tests SB181’s prioritization of public health

April 1, 2020
Background:
 Last week the Broomfield city government announced it was going to issue an emergency order banning flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home order is in place to combat the COVID crisis. After an oil or gas well is fracked,… More »

EPA: COVID is reason not to protect public health from polluters

March 27, 2020
Background: After industries, including oil and gas industry trade association the American Petroleum Institute, petitioned the Trump Administration requesting waivers from compliance from various federal agencies’ oversight due to the COVID crisis, on March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… More »

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Oil and gas industry uses COVID to ask Interior to exempt polluters from oversight

March 27, 2020
Background: Earlier this week the American Petroleum Institute sent a letter to the White House requesting exemptions from regulatory oversight during the COVID crisis. The Western Energy Alliance and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association are requesting suspensions on… More »

Spring 2020 Earthworks Journal

March 27, 2020

Ohio marks anniversary of record-setting climate disaster

March 25, 2020 • Leann Leiter
As the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus spread across the country, Ohio quietly marked the anniversary of a different kind of crisis that also underscored the need for swift action.  March 7, 2018 was the day that operators… More »

API response to COVID demands protecting polluters over people

March 23, 2020
“During a public health crisis, it’s obscene for the oil and gas industry’s trade association to suggest that its members shouldn’t have to comply with oversight intended to protect the public. But that’s what the American Petroleum Institute requested of… More »