Atmospheric dumping ground: studies spotlight flaring in the Permian Basin

August 22, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
Oil and gas companies often claim they limit pollution by using “best practices.” But what happens when those practices actually make things worse? Such is the case with flaring natural gas, which operators and regulators claim is necessary to avoid… More »

Four fossil fuel blasts in two days

August 1, 2019 • Melissa Troutman
In the past two days – Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st – four explosions at oil and gas facilities in as many states have had tragic results.  On Wednesday:  One person died as a result of an oil… More »

New laws put our right to protest at risk

June 20, 2019 • April Urbanowski
Recently, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a new proposal that protesters who block the construction of crude or natural gas pipelines could face up to 20 years in prison. The current law has a maximum penalty of 20 years in… More »

Houston suffers a petrochemical disaster every 6 weeks

April 22, 2019 • Priscilla Villa
In the past month, Houston area-residents faced three major disasters related to oil and gas infrastructure. As a Houston resident, I was alarmed to see weekly news reports presenting the unknown dangers each fire posed to the community members living… More »

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A few good bills in Texas to fight oil and gas air pollution

March 14, 2019 • Sharon Wilson
The Texas state legislature doesn’t always give me a lot of hope. From outlawing local control to the two new ALEC bills restricting our freedom to protest, there is a lot not to like in Austin. But this legislative session… More »

Live in the Permian Basin

About Sharon Wilson, Senior Organizer Sharon is a 5th generation Texan who joined Earthworks in 2010 after 12 years of working in the oil and gas industry where she witnessed first-hand the environmental and public health impacts associated with the… More »

Karnes County, TX

George Karnes County, Texas George is a retiree and a veteran living in rural Texas who, along with his family and community, is experiencing the health impacts caused by air pollution from the oil and gas industry. George’s is just… More »

Women from plastics-polluted Asian communities visit oil & gas impacted U.S. communities to support global efforts to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

May 14, 2018 • #BreakFreeFromPlastic * Earthworks
HOUSTON, Texas (May 14, 2018) — To show the negative impacts of plastics production throughout its supply chain, two grassroots women activists impacted by plastic end-use waste in India and the Philippines today started an unprecedented tour of U.S. communities harmed… More »