Texas flaring: a response to the Railroad Commission

August 23, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Texas Flaring: a comprehensive government failure; what the Railroad Commission fails to track, it can’t govern has forced a reaction from regulators and industry by finding that 69-84% of Texas methane flares are unpermitted. That reaction: the unpermitted flares our… More »

Report: 69-84% of Texas methane flares are unpermitted

August 19, 2021
Released today by the environmental watchdog Earthworks and endorsed by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Flaring in Texas: a comprehensive government failure — What the Railroad Commission doesn’t track, it can’t govern, compares directly observed flares from… More »
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Flaring in Texas: a comprehensive government failure

August 19, 2021 • Jack McDonald, Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson to EPA: cutting methane is the least you can do

June 15, 2021 • Sharon Wilson
Sharon provided the below comment live to the EPA during its June 15, 2021 methane public listening session to provide input on the rule it will publish this September to cut oil and gas production’s methane pollution. I’m Sharon Wilson with… More »

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Shrimper Diane Wilson brings fight to protect Matagorda Bay to Max Midstream’s doorstep

May 27, 2021
Houston, TX — After 36 days of fasting, with 24 hours in County Jail for civil disobedience at the Galveston Army Corps Office, and a lifetime of tireless work to protect Matagorda Bay from polluting industries, Diane Wilson lead supporters in… More »

Permian oil and gas operators have something to hide

May 24, 2021 • Miguel Escoto
The morning of Friday, May 14th, Sharon Wilson (Earthworks’ Senior Field Advocate and Certified Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer) and I drove our rented vehicle down County Rd. 1205 S in Midland, Texas. Sharon sat in the passenger seat with the… More »

Reflections from the Permian: an industry that can’t be bothered to fix pollution

May 22, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Permian Basin with Sharon Wilson and Miguel Escoto for the first time. Unfortunately, being out in the field makes it even more clear just how much of a problem oil and gas… More »

Bold action in Texas necessary for Biden to hit climate goals

May 5, 2021
Background: On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature passed HB17, a bill preempting local municipalities from acting to ban or incentivize any type of power source from utilities. This means that a municipality could not favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels for… More »