NMED $5M fine welcome step toward protecting public, more steps needed

July 8, 2020
Background: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) on Tuesday announced the assessment of a $5.3M fine for air pollution violations to oil and gas operator DCP and demanded “immediate compliance with air permit emission limits and operational requirements.” The violations… More »

“No Uranium Bailout”

July 2, 2020
Today 80 organizations sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to deny the Department of Energy’s requested $1.5 billion to establish a new reserve of domestically produced uranium, calling it a bailout for the foreign-owned uranium industry. Companies… More »

Clean Air Task Force, Earthworks Launch Ozone Alert Tool to Raise Alarm About Ozone Pollution In Communities Nationwide

June 30, 2020 • Earthworks * Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks have just launched the Oil and Gas Smoggy Day Alert Tool to educate and mobilize citizens living in areas with significant oil and gas development when dangerous ozone pollution levels — caused in part by oil and… More »

Cutting oil & gas methane pollution essential to House Climate Action Plan

June 30, 2020
Background: The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its report today fulfilling a commitment made by the House Democratic caucus when they attained control over the chamber in 2018. The report recommends more robust climate rules for polluters,… More »

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Employees from Brazil’s Ministry of Environment survey the damage of the tailings dam failure near Brumadinho, Brazil. Photo: Vinícius Mendonça/Ibama

Safety First: New Report Outlines Guidelines To End Mine Waste Disasters

June 30, 2020 • Earthworks * MiningWatch Canada
Today an international group of 142 scientists, community groups and NGOs from 24 countries published a set of 16 guidelines for the safer storage of mine waste. The guidelines aim to protect communities, workers and the environment from the risks… More »

State allows bankrupt Chesapeake to drill new wells

June 29, 2020
June 29 — Data retrieved today from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website indicates DEP is allowing Chesapeake Energy to drill new wells, including two today in Susquehanna County. This new activity comes despite the company’s bankruptcy filing… More »

Wolf must stop issuing new oil and gas permits in wake of AG’s revelation that DEP and DOH fail to protect Pennsylvanians

June 26, 2020
Background: The Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, released a scathing report on the criminal harms done by the oil and gas industry to Pennsylvania residents, communities, and the environment and the systemic failure of state agencies to protect them. Many of… More »

Intimidation Tactics in Louisiana Won’t Silence Opposition to Formosa Plastics

June 26, 2020
BATON ROUGE, LA: Two leaders of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were charged under Louisiana’s felony “terrorizing” law today for placing a box filled with Formosa Plastics’ illegally discharged plastic pellets, called nurdles, outside a fossil fuel lobbyist’s home as part… More »