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Regulatory resolution: after years of problems, Arvin CA residents get some pollution relief

August 12, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
All good things come to those who wait, the saying goes. An Arvin, CA neighborhood recently experienced this—though unfortunately the waiting included years of pollution impacts. As the video below shows, from 2017-2019, Earthworks documented a leaking tank at the… More »
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Undeserved Credit: Shining a light on pollution systems in the Golden State

March 7, 2019 • Nadia Steinzor
In the age of climate change, some governments have set ambitious goals to reduce pollution from fossil fuels. In the US, California leads the way with plans to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Getting there… More »
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Arvin CA acts to protect residents from oil and gas

September 10, 2018 • Kyle Ferrar
On July 17, 2018, the City of Arvin, CA passed a setback ordinance restricting new oil and gas wells from within 300 feet of residential and commercially zoned areas. In a state such as California, local ordinances restricting the oil… More »
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California UIC discussion draft comments

June 26, 2017 • Earthworks et. al.

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Unprecedented rule could give California communities the power to protect themselves from oil & gas air pollution

March 23, 2017 • Earthworks

Sacramento, Washington DC, March 23 - Today, as the comment period closed on the California Air Resources Board’s proposed rule to cut methane pollution from oil & gas air facilities, Earthworks urged CARB to adopt the rule.

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Groups applaud proposal to cut methane pollution from California oil & gas facilities

July 21, 2016 • Earthworks and methane partners

Sacramento, July 21 -- Today the California Air Resources Board first meets to publicly consider its proposed rule to limit methane and associated toxic pollution from oil and gas facilities. While CARB still has the opportunity to strengthen the rule in a few key ways, environmental groups from around the state and the country lauded the rule as an example to follow for other states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency

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Comments on Underground Gas Storage Facility Regulations

January 29, 2016 • Earthworks et. al.
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More solar, fewer blue flames, safer communities, better climate

January 13, 2016 • Jennifer Krill

Natural gas is not cleaner than coal.

But thanks to boatloads of advertising and campaign contributions, oil and gas lobbyists has convinced many politicians, including President Obama, that replacing coal with natural gas is a viable way to stave off catastrophic climate change.

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What I Saw in Porter Ranch

January 12, 2016 • Pete Dronkers

It’s early December, and I’m siting in a mega-church packed with more than 500 people. They’re here to listen to an update on the efforts to contain an enormous natural gas blowout that occurred more than a month before. Gas from the leak is being blown by prevailing winds right into their community of Porter Ranch, in Los Angeles County, CA. 

People are mad. 

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Mineral withdrawal holiday card to Congress

December 23, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

Joint card from enviros and community groups thanking Oregon delegation and Jared Huffman of California for efforts to protect OR wilderness from mining, and urging them to move forward with a 20 year withdrawal in 2016

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Porter Ranch methane leak doesn’t bode well for climate

December 21, 2015 • Hilary Lewis

Have you ever seen methane? What about benzene? Or the chemical the gas company adds to make your stovetop gas stink, mercaptan? I asked residents at a Save Porter Ranch meeting in northwest Los Angeles if they had seen the pollution they knew was in their community, pouring down from the SoCal Gas storage facility on the hill behind town.

No one responded.

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Oil in California: will the real Jerry Brown please stand up

August 31, 2015 • Bruce Baizel

Recent comments by Jerry Brown were bold indeed for an elected state governor, especially one whose state currently is one of the top producers of oil and gas:

“One-third of the oil that we know exists as reserves can never be taken out of the ground. Fifty percent of the gas can never be used.  [Yet] we have very powerful opposition that spends billions on trying to … elect troglodytes and other deniers of the obvious science,” Brown said.  

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Comments on “Proposed Regulation Order Article 3: Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil a

May 15, 2015 • Earthworks et al
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AB 1501 (Rendon) Well Stimulation Treatments: Air Emissions: SUPPORT

April 22, 2015 • Earthworks, et al
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Stop Wasting California’s Water on Fracking

April 6, 2015 • Hilary Lewis

California is in the middle of a severe drought.

How severe? State officials expect the 2015 statewide snowpack to be about 6% of normal.

Can you imagine having only 6% of the water you normally have to last the whole year? Well, if you're in California you don't have to imagine.