New Interior oil & gas drilling policy is encouraging

January 8, 2010 • Cathy Carlson

EARTHWORKS applauds the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey for their initiative to bring balance to the Nation s oil and gas program . For the past decade, there was an unprecedented run on the federal lands by big energy companies, securing oil and gas leases at bargain basement prices and speculating on the federal estate at the expense of the taxpayer and other resources.

Exxon’s XTO merger proposal isn’t killing the FRAC Act.

December 18, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Exxon, America's biggest oil company, is planning on merging with XTO, a $25 billion oil and gas drilling company heavily invested in hydraulic fracturing of shale gas deposits.

Whether or not you think that's a good thing, it's causing a bit of furor in part because Exxon has included some language pertaining to fracking's regulatory landscape.

An Alaskan fisherman thanks jewelers for speaking out on Bristol Bay

November 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

In the November 19th Anchorage Daily News, Alaskan fisherman Ben Blakey congratulated jewelers who have signed the Bristol Bay Protection pledge.

Pennsylvania communities sue frackers for toxic pollution

November 23, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Propublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports  that Pennsylvania residents are suing Cabot Oil and Gas -- the company responsible for multiple spills associated with their Marcellus Shale drilling near Dimock, PA.  They seek to stop future drilling and to establish a trust fund to cover medical expenses for those harmed by Cabot's operations.

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Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile, Ultra jewelers say no to dirty gold.

November 21, 2009 • Alan Septoff

This week Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile and Ultra Stores signed the No Dirty Gold campaign's "Golden Rules" for more responsible mining.

This brings the total number of jewelry retail signatories up to 60. Altogether, these jewelry retailers represent over $1.3 billion in annual US jewelry sales, or nearly a quarter of the total.

Drilling industry executive admits that oversupply, not regulations, responsible for decreased drilling

November 5, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The drilling industry claims, over and over, that rules that better protect landowners, public health and the environment reduce the industry's willingness to drill.

It's a canard, of course.

Something stinks… the drilling industry’s attitude towards reasonable oversight.

October 8, 2009 • Alan Septoff

What do the recent Pennsylvania and Colorado examples of industry's attempt to suborn reasonable state drilling oversight demonstrate?

The need for federal regulation of drilling/fracking.

What’s the big fracking deal? Toxic spills.

September 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

UpdatedUpdate II.

While the natural gas industry maintains that stronger regulations aren't needed, its track record continues to prove otherwise.

On Tuesday, the Wayne Independent reported that three "substantial" toxic spills by a fracker have occurred in less than one week in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania.