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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
Stories

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 »
Stories

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 »
Media Releases

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 »
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Oil & gas pollution near Balmorhea State Park demonstrates Apache’s empty promises, need for public oversight

March 22, 2018
Today Earthworks released a new optical gas imaging video revealing that from March 9-11, Apache’s new Cheyenne Central Processing Facility four miles from the town of Balmorhea was continuously polluting the air with methane and health-harming volatile organic compounds. OnMarch 10th, Earthworks… More »
Publications

Corrosion Coupon Information & Results

March 22, 2018 • Earthworks and Northeastern
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NGO Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

September 21, 2017 • Earthworks
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Peligros en el Aire

September 19, 2017 • Earthworks y Northeastern University
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TXGN Releases New Report Detailing Impacts of Oil & Gas Pollution on Children, Families in Texas

June 20, 2017 • Texas Grassroots Network

Today, the Texas Grassroots Network (TXGN), released a new report titled "Oil & Gas Pollution's Impacts on Texas Families” which outlines how oil and gas development in Texas has exacerbated air pollution and public health issues, like asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The report tells the stories of three Texans, including a four-year- old boy, whose health has deteriorated as a result of harmful air pollution from oil and gas activities. 

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Hazards in the Air

April 29, 2017 • Villa, Lourdes, Wylie, Wilson

Air sampling and resident interviews suggest that Karnes-area residents are threatened by oil and gas air pollution, and that state regulators need to do more to protect residents from that pollution.

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SB 1868 would require local hearings for oil & gas wells proposed within 1,500ft of schools & daycares

March 15, 2017 • Earthworks

Austin -- Late last week Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-21) introduced SB 1868 to require the Texas Railroad Commission to hold a public hearing in the county where an operator seeks to permit an oil and gas well within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare. In 2015, HB 40 effectively removed communities’ power to govern the oil and gas industry within their boundaries in favor of regulation by the state Railroad Commission and Texas Council on Environmental Quality.