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Challenging Industry-Funded “Research” and What Pennsylvanians Deserve from the Shale Gas Boom

January 30, 2018 • Leann Leiter
Oil and gas proponents used to insist, there is no evidence of negative impacts from fracking. Then, in several short years, hundreds of studies have demonstrated the very real risks to air, water, health, and the climate.  Not happy with the findings, proponents… More »

Earthworks cheers PA move on methane and pushes for DEP and Gov. Wolf to fulfill their promises

December 22, 2017 • Leann Leiter
After years of government promises and public anticipation, Pennsylvania will soon have brand-new rules to reign in future fracking pollution. Last week, I attended the quarterly meeting of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee… More »

Earthworks hires new PA/OH oil & gas field advocate

November 17, 2017 • Earthworks
Canonsburg, PA & Washington, DC; Nov 17 — Today Earthworks announced the hire of Leann Leiter as the Oil & Gas Field Advocate for eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The new position is part of Earthworks’ expanded Community Empowerment Project (CEP) to reduce the… More »

Comments on PA proposed new permit conditions to control methane emissions

June 5, 2017 • Earthworks

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Advocates to PA legislators: don’t be a copy cat!

March 24, 2017 • Nadia Steinzor

Residents and advocates gathered at the Pennsylvania State Capitol this week with a clear message to legislators: it’s high time to support measures to prevent gas industry pollution, and folly to try and block them. 

Over a year ago, PA Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rolled out a strategy to reduce methane emissions, emphasizing risks to both health and the climate. But industry efforts to stop broader oil and gas regulations from taking effect delayed any progress on new methane control measures. 

PA Communities Demonstrate Support for Critical Methane Emission Rules at State Capitol

March 21, 2017 • Earthworks and partners
Harrisburg, PA – On Tuesday, March 21st Pennsylvania residents, environmental organizations, and health professionals held a press conference to express support for Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. The Pennsylvania Department of… More »

Industry games system, regulators look the other way

March 1, 2017 • Nadia Steinzor

This week, the Trump Administration suggested slashing the budgets of some government agencies, in particular the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Around the same time, Earthworks released an in-depth report on how air pollution can be made worse in the absence of federal law and EPA oversight. 

The report, Permitted to Pollute: How oil and gas operators and regulators exploit clean air protections and put the public at risk, is the result of more than a year of research focusing on three natural gas processing and transmission facilities in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Lax state permitting of oil and gas operations undermines air quality & public health

March 1, 2017

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Feb 28 -- A groundbreaking analysis reveals the way the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforces the federal Clean Air Act can actually undermine air quality and public health. Permitted to Pollute: how oil & gas operators and regulators exploit clean air protections and put the public at risk investigates the impact of a common regulatory practice: allowing operators to expand and change processing and compression facilities under older permits designed for smaller, more limited activities.