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Statement of Bruce Baizel, Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project Director, on EPA’s Progress Report on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.

December 21, 2012 • Earthworks

Most significant about the progress report is the lack of progress it reports. In its inability to find a single company willing to test water quality before and after drilling and fracking, the EPA is being thwarted in perhaps the most important part of its study of fracking’s impacts.

We are not surprised, however.  Oil and gas companies’ unwillingness to cooperate continues a pattern of obstruction of actual science on the impacts of drilling and hydraulic fracturing.  Oil and gas developers and their advocates are quick to claim that fracking is safe, but they are unwilling to put their money where their mouth is.  Until they do, the industry has no credibility in the debate about the science and safety of fracking.


Oil & Gas Accountability Project

July 2, 2011 • Alan Septoff

OGAP champions drilling impacted communities in their fights with too-often unresponsive governments (and corporations).

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EARTHWORKS’ Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project hosts pre-HBO Forth Worth premiere of GASLAND

May 10, 2010

Fort Worth -- On May 12th, 2010, the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) of EARTHWORKS will host a special Fort Worth screening of Josh Fox's award-winning documentary GASLAND at an exclusive engagement at the Museum of Modern Art of Forth Worth prior to its June 21st HBO broadcast premiere. The event is co-hosted by community members who, along with Mr. Fox, Texas State Representative Lon Burnam, and Oil & Gas Accountability Program Director Gwen Lachelt will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice to audience members who are confronting natural gas drilling in their communities.

Surfside Beach, Texas
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Oil export facility comment period closes with overwhelming public opposition

December 14, 2021
Carrizo Comecrudo Tribal Nation of Texas * Citizens for Clean Air & Water in Brazoria County * Center for Biological Diversity * Earthworks * Food & Water Watch * Sierra Club * Society of Native Nations* Texas Climate Emergency *… More »

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Legislative Round-up: In New Mexico — High time to start sprinting on health & climate

April 1, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor
A shift is underway in New Mexico, but action must come faster, be bolder The aftermath of New Mexico’s 2021 legislative session brought to mind the old adage of “you win some and lose some.” Victories were won that communities… More »
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3yr investigation shows Ohio regulators ignore public oil & gas pollution complaints, work closely with polluters

October 1, 2020
Oct 1 — A three-year investigation released today by Earthworks and endorsed by 15 regional groups in Ohio and Pennsylvania — Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Ohio’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it… More »

Time is running out. The oil and gas industry must put up or shut up.

December 3, 2018 • Justin Wasser
The climate is warming. The effects of ever-increasing global temperatures are already impacting coastal cities, and extreme weather events are becoming commonplace around the world. The U.N. International Panel on Climate Change has given humankind a timeframe of 12 years… More »
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Earthworks hires new oil & gas Research and Policy Analyst

March 14, 2018 • Earthworks
Coudersport, PA — Today Earthworks announced the hire of Melissa Troutman as the Research and Policy Analyst for the Energy program. The new position demonstrates Earthworks’ commitment to facts and credibility as it advocates for clean air and water, healthy… More »

Oil and Gas Landowner Support

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
Landowners living in an area of current or potential oil and gas development may be approached by a representative of an oil and gas company that is wanting to drill a well on their land. Most landowners are at a… More »
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Statement on passage of bill to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry

June 16, 2016 • Earthworks, et al

Center for Coalfield Justice * Clean Air Council * Clean Water Action * Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania * Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Earthjustice * Earthworks * League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania * Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper * Mountain Watershed Association *  Natural Resources Defense Council * PennEnvironment * Penn Future * Save Our Streams * Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter

Harrisburg, PA, June 16, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, express their strong disappointment over the passage of SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House and Senate yesterday and is expected to become law.

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Statement on Pennsylvania legislative action to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry

June 8, 2016 • Earthworks et. al.

Harrisburg, PA, June 8, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, oppose SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this morning.


Scoping Comments – Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Shale Formation Oil and Gas Development on the Southern Ute Reservation in La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta counties, Colorado.

April 14, 2016
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Water groups ask state supreme court invalidate evisceration of oil and gas pit

March 26, 2016 • Earthworks et. al.

SANTA FE, NM — Yesterday, groups working to protect New Mexico’s water resources and wildlife asked the state Supreme Court to review the Martinez Administration’s “Pit Rule”. The Rule governs the storage and disposal of wastes at oil and gas drilling pits in New Mexico.


Comments on the final draft regulations for oil and gas surface activities in Pennsylvania

May 18, 2015 • Earthworks
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PA Environmental Organizations Challenge PA-DEP Claims of Adequate Oil & Gas Oversight

August 28, 2014 • Earthworks et. al.

Harrisburg, PA – Environmental and citizen organizations sent Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary, Chris Abruzzo a letter today challenging the agency’s response to issues raised in Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s DEP Performance Audit, released on July 22nd. The audit identified serious flaws in the DEP’s oil and gas monitoring and enforcement programs.