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 »

Oil and Gas Want ‘Equity’ In Regulations, And We Couldn’t Agree More

October 29, 2018 • Melissa Troutman
Without closing regulatory loopholes for the oil and gas industry, the EPA’s latest produced water study won’t protect anything but the industry’s bottom line. On October 9th, the U.S. EPA held a public meeting about its “holistic” study of oil… More »

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An Important Win for Fishing Communities and Marine Life in Baja California Sur, Mexico

October 26, 2018 • Ellen Moore
The Ulloa Gulf off the coast of Baja California Sur is an ecological treasure: fisherfolk harvest more than 8,000 tons of seafood from the bay each year, including clams, squid, shrimp, snail, dogfish, crab, lobster, and oysters; and it’s home… More »

Leaky oil wells in Allegheny National Forest prove Pennsylvania needs conventional drilling rules more than ever

October 9, 2018 • Leann Leiter
On a trip through Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest (ANF), you’ll of course see trees, streams, and wildlife. But what might come as a surprise is all the industrial equipment along the road and jutting out from weedy clearings. As you… More »

The 115th Congress: A Threat to Our Environment

October 5, 2018 • Aaron Mintzes
The 115th Congress may be the worst environmental Congress in the history of our union. Undoing Regulations —  Beginning with undoing 16 Obama Administration safeguards, by May of 2017, the 115th Congress focused on permanent repeal of the Bureau of… More »

Methane From Oil and Gas is a Climate Crisis

October 5, 2018 • Sharon Wilson
Climate Change: the complex issue that we just can’t seem to figure out. Confusion around the causes and effects of climate change make it easy for the oil and gas industry, its scientists for hire, and scheming politicians to muddy… More »