NMED $5M fine welcome step toward protecting public, more steps needed

July 8, 2020
Background: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) on Tuesday announced the assessment of a $5.3M fine for air pollution violations to oil and gas operator DCP and demanded “immediate compliance with air permit emission limits and operational requirements.” The violations… More »

Clean Air Task Force, Earthworks Launch Ozone Alert Tool to Raise Alarm About Ozone Pollution In Communities Nationwide

June 30, 2020 • Earthworks * Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks have just launched the Oil and Gas Smoggy Day Alert Tool to educate and mobilize citizens living in areas with significant oil and gas development when dangerous ozone pollution levels — caused in part by oil and… More »

Cutting oil & gas methane pollution essential to House Climate Action Plan

June 30, 2020
Background: The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its report today fulfilling a commitment made by the House Democratic caucus when they attained control over the chamber in 2018. The report recommends more robust climate rules for polluters,… More »

State allows bankrupt Chesapeake to drill new wells

June 29, 2020
June 29 — Data retrieved today from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website indicates DEP is allowing Chesapeake Energy to drill new wells, including two today in Susquehanna County. This new activity comes despite the company’s bankruptcy filing… More »

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Wolf must stop issuing new oil and gas permits in wake of AG’s revelation that DEP and DOH fail to protect Pennsylvanians

June 26, 2020
Background: The Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, released a scathing report on the criminal harms done by the oil and gas industry to Pennsylvania residents, communities, and the environment and the systemic failure of state agencies to protect them. Many of… More »

French Energy Giant Total Declares War on Texas Toddlers

June 26, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
This true story is filled with enough hubris, greed, unchecked power, a plague, and questionable relationships to fill a Greek tragedy. French energy giant TEP Barnett (Total) cannot drill in France where fracking is banned due to the harmful effects… More »

Salinas Grandes, Argentina

Jujuy and Salta – Argentina Commercial lithium extraction in Argentina began in 1997. Today, there are several active operations, while dozens more are in various stages of exploration, development and construction throughout the Provinces of Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca. Four… More »

New report finds increased threat from radioactive oil & gas waste in North Dakota

June 18, 2020
A new report released today by the national environmental nonprofit Earthworks reveals that North Dakota’s massive surge in fracking wastewater production, also known as “produced water,” has potentially increased North Dakotans exposure to carcinogens, heavy metals, and radioactivity. Earthworks calculates that in… More »