ETP’s Day of Reckoning

September 11, 2018 • Ethan Buckner
ETP wreaks havoc and communities on the front lines pay the price. Monday, September 10th, was a rough day for Energy Transfer Partners, the mega-bad-guys of the oil, gas, and plastics industry. What a shocker: the company notorious for pipeline… More »

Arvin CA acts to protect residents from oil and gas

September 10, 2018 • Kyle Ferrar
On July 17, 2018, the City of Arvin, CA passed a setback ordinance restricting new oil and gas wells from within 300 feet of residential and commercially zoned areas. In a state such as California, local ordinances restricting the oil… More »

California Makes Major Polluter Pay for Contribution to Climate Change

September 5, 2018 • Pete Dronkers
Leann Leiter co-authored this blog with Pete Dronkers. California sets an important precedent by forcing a major polluter to pay for some of the damage it caused after the infamous Aliso Canyon gas storage leak. Other states whose oil and gas… More »

Guatemalan communities refute Tahoe Resources kidnapping claims

August 31, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Tahoe Resources, a Canadian mining company with head offices in Reno, NV, began production at the Escobal silver mine in San Rafael Las Flores located in southeastern Guatemala in January 2014. Beginning in 2011, residents in San Rafael Las Flores,… More »

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How one Ohio family surrounded by shale gas plants took action and made their property more livable

August 30, 2018 • Tyler Rivlin
Leann Leiter co-authored this blog with Tyler Rivlin. Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years,… More »

Community Empowerment Program: Real Stories and Real Results

August 17, 2018 • Phil Dickieson
I recently visited Westmoreland County, PA, to participate in a field trip with Earthworks Community Empowerment Project (CEP) team members Leann Leiter and Sharon Wilson. Leann and Sharon were visiting the area on behalf of community members looking to record… More »

On methane, Mexico moves forward as the U.S. moves backward

August 14, 2018 • Lauren Pagel
Priscilla Villa co-authored this blog with Lauren Pagel On July 30th, Mexico released their new proposed safeguards to reduce oil and gas air pollution — specifically methane and associated toxic volatile organic compounds. These new standards are stronger than anything… More »

Fighting for Health and Home in Rural America

August 10, 2018 • Adrienne Bermingham
The oil and gas industry is dumping more than 8 million tons of methane and toxic pollutants into our air each year and having a substantial negative impact on public health. Recent research shows that air pollutants from oil and… More »