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 »

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 »

Pandemic Profiteering: How Mining Companies Seek to Benefit from COVID-19

June 23, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
In March, as much of the world was beginning to grapple with the new reality of COVID-19 and country after country entered into lockdown, a small coalition of organizations dedicated to supporting mining-impacted communities came together to track and monitor… More »

Even as Extraction fails, CO state regulators consider company interests first

June 15, 2020
Background COGCC sided with Extraction and put company interests before public interests when Broomfield tried to temporarily block fracking operations while stay-at-home orders forced people to breathe oil and gas pollution. Now, just weeks later, COGCC must answer again whose… More »

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COVID-19 Relief in the Permian Gulf Coast Region: The Power of Mutual Aid

May 8, 2020 • Ethan Buckner
For the past six months, Earthworks and dozens of grassroots groups, frontline communities, and ally organizations have been building a coalition to address impacts of the oil, gas, and petrochemical buildout from the Permian Basin in west Texas and southeast… More »

When oil is in your backyard–where do you go when your doctor says don’t stay home?

May 6, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Tyler Rivlin and Raphael Breit.  On December 22, 2019, James Brugh and his wife Victoria, who was seven months pregnant,  received a letter from an Ob-Gyn they had visited in Bismarck, ND. Concerned about Victoria’s… More »

Secretary McDonnell commits PA DEP to enforce laws while EPA refuses, other states must do the same

April 16, 2020
Background: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent a letter to stakeholders regarding the agency’s enforcement policy during COVID and Governor Wolf’s indefinite Stay-at-Home order.  The response by Secretary McDonnell follows a request made by numerous environmental groups that sought the clarification,… More »

Living with Uncertainty

April 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
How the COVID-19 pandemic can help us understand the fears of communities on the frontlines of oil, gas and mining Written by Jan Morrill and Leann Leiter As the effects of COVID-19 spread across the United States, Earthworks staff are,… More »