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Increased unlit flaring means Rystad’s oil & gas ‘silver lining’ might be illusory

April 6, 2020
Background: Today Rystad Energy announced “flaring levels in the Permian Basin have fallen sharply and will continue to decline throughout the year”. Earthworks’ certified field thermographers have made hundreds of Permian field inspections with optical gas imaging cameras since 2016 and discovered… More »
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Pollution on purpose? Unlit flares in TX harm health & climate–during a public health & climate crisis

April 2, 2020 • Sharon Wilson
On any given day in the Texas oil fields, operators are legally permitted to let natural gas go up in flames. As Earthworks’ field investigations have found, they also let it go up in smoke. Recent studies indicate that flaring… More »
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SPOT Draft Environmental Impact Statement Hearing

March 11, 2020 • Ethan Buckner
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Earthworks joined local residents and allies in Lake Jackson, Texas to participate in a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT). Proposed by oil giants Enterprise and… More »
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Surfside Votes Unanimously to Oppose Sea Port Oil Terminal Crude Export Facility

March 11, 2020
Surfside Beach TX, Mar 11 — At 7:54pm CST last night the Surfside City Council voted unanimously (5-0) to oppose the Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT), a proposed deepwater crude oil export facility. If built, the project would include the… More »

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Taking on the Climate Bomb

January 13, 2020 • Lori Glover
Building community, building power at the Permian Gulf Coast Convening I arrived at the Holiday Inn in Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon ready for three intense days of the Permian Gulf Coast Convening, an unprecedented endeavor to join forces of grassroots… More »
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Watchdog: TCEQ fails to comply with own complaints policy as required by Texas law

December 11, 2019
Austin/Dallas, TX – Today Earthworks sent a letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Governor’s office, and the U.S. EPA detailing TCEQ’s chronic failure to comply with its own policies regarding public complaints as required by Texas law. Since 2015, Earthworks… More »
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Letter to TCEQ Regarding Complaint Protocols

December 11, 2019
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Texas & New Mexico communities & experts urge COP25 to defuse Permian’s carbon bomb

December 4, 2019
Madrid, Dec 4 — Today at an official COP25 side event Texas and New Mexico residents — impacted by the extraction of Permian Basin oil & gas, and by planned infrastructure to transport, process and export it — informed delegates… More »
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Texas oil and gas well blowout highlights fracking’s ongoing risk to health and climate

November 5, 2019
“Yet another oil and gas well blowout in yet another town demonstrates yet again that the only way to guarantee your safety from oil and gas production is not to live near it. “This isn’t Devon’s first blowout, or second, despite… More »
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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 »
Dirty Flare; Credit - Earthworks
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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 »
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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 »