Shell isn’t serious about climate commitments until…

December 6, 2018 • Justin Wasser
Our response to a statement by Royal Dutch Shell at COP24 The attention of the world is on Poland this week and next as global leaders gather for the 24th U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP24) to determine how the… More »

Spills, Explosions, and Deceptions: just another week for Energy Transfer

December 6, 2018 • Ethan Buckner
It seems as if Energy Transfer’s executives are living in a completely different world than the rest of us. In one world, bigwigs like CEO Kelcy Warren are celebrating the company’s successful merger from two entities – Energy Transfer Partners… More »

Time is running out. The oil and gas industry must put up or shut up.

December 3, 2018 • Justin Wasser
The climate is warming.  The effects of ever-increasing global temperatures are already impacting coastal cities, and extreme weather events are becoming commonplace around the world.  The U.N. International Panel on Climate Change has given humankind a timeframe of 12 years… More »

Pan American Silver poised to buy huge trouble with acquisition of Escobal mine

December 1, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Image Left: MSR campaign “Let’s flip the tortilla!”, denounced by the Xinka Parliament as violating the free nature of the consultation process, depicts the current situation of the Escobal mine, including riot police, use of force, and government corruption. Photo credit: Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network… More »

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A burning question: how much does gas pollute?

November 27, 2018 • EARTHWORKS
by Nadia Steinzor and Pete Dronkers For the last several months, Earthworks has been field-testing a quantification tool designed specifically for use with the FLIR GF 320 optical gas imaging (OGI) camera. Just like the camera, the QL 320 by Providence Photonics allows… More »

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 »

Latest footage from Ohio & PA shows: We need protections from oil & gas pollution

October 29, 2018 • Leann Leiter
Tyler Rivlin co-authored this blog with Leann Leiter. No matter where Earthworks’ field staff go, we see the oil and gas industry’s air pollution. Whether visiting a new facility or returning to notorious polluters, the Community Empowerment Project continually documents… More »