PA DEP declines to police possible radioactive oil & gas spill during COVID outbreak

April 1, 2020
April 1 — Citing the COVID crisis, PA DEP North-central office responded via email to a documented resident complaint about a potential spill of toxic, radioactive fracking waste near their home, stating that it would “look into the leak […] after the shutdown… More »

Broomfield’s oil & gas COVID order tests SB181’s prioritization of public health

April 1, 2020
Background:
 Last week the Broomfield city government announced it was going to issue an emergency order banning flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home order is in place to combat the COVID crisis. After an oil or gas well is fracked,… More »

EPA: COVID is reason not to protect public health from polluters

March 27, 2020
Background: After industries, including oil and gas industry trade association the American Petroleum Institute, petitioned the Trump Administration requesting waivers from compliance from various federal agencies’ oversight due to the COVID crisis, on March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… More »

Oil and gas industry uses COVID to ask Interior to exempt polluters from oversight

March 27, 2020
Background: Earlier this week the American Petroleum Institute sent a letter to the White House requesting exemptions from regulatory oversight during the COVID crisis. The Western Energy Alliance and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association are requesting suspensions on… More »

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EPA response to COVID-19 would worsen another ongoing health & climate crisis

March 24, 2020
“It’s obscene that the Environmental Protection Agency responds to the worst public health crisis in a century by loosening oversight of oil and gas polluters that threaten public health and climate.  The federal response to one crisis should not worsen… More »

House emergency aid package puts people over polluters

March 24, 2020
“The COVID crisis demands a federal response unprecedented since World War II. That response must be focused on helping people, not polluters. “We appreciate the Members of Congress supporting The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act (H.R. 6379), which provides immediate… More »

API response to COVID demands protecting polluters over people

March 23, 2020
“During a public health crisis, it’s obscene for the oil and gas industry’s trade association to suggest that its members shouldn’t have to comply with oversight intended to protect the public. But that’s what the American Petroleum Institute requested of… More »

REPORT: CDPHE fails to protect public health, must rebuild oil & gas oversight

March 12, 2020
Denver — A new report reveals that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) does not fulfill its mission “to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people” when it comes to oil and gas pollution. Released by the… More »