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Infrared Videos & Interactive Map Expose Health Threat of Oklahoma’s Oil & Gas Air Pollution

July 12, 2016 • Bold Oklahoma | Earthworks | Stop Fracking Payne County

In partnership with Bold Oklahoma and Stop Fracking Payne County, today Earthworks released new infrared videos of oil and gas air pollution in Oklahoma. The infrared videos -- which make visible normally invisible air pollution -- along with video testimonials from impacted community members are part of a national interactive map created  by Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance,

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Obama starts process to protect community health from existing oil and gas air pollution

March 10, 2016 • Earthworks

“With today’s announcement, President Obama starts to get serious about oil and gas methane pollution.

Prior to this announcement, his Administration has largely focused on pollution from yet-to-be-built oil and gas facilities. This announcement is of enormous importance because it deals with the main problem - existing facilities.


One Year in FLIR: Exposing invisible fracking air pollution

August 10, 2015 • Hilary Lewis

One year ago, thanks to the generous support of Earthworks members, we bought a FLIR Gasfinder camera to expose otherwise invisible air pollution from fracking and drilling operations.

With this camera, we are able see what industry is trying to hide, and show that fracking isn't clean or safe. We put the results of this technology in the hands of everyday citizens living with oil and gas in their backyard so they can see what's really going on and demand action. 


Letter to EPA Administrator re: need for strong regulation of oil & gas methane/VOC pollution

May 20, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

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Arlington fracking blowout shows CSHB40/SB1165 would force Texans to remain unsafe in their own home

April 13, 2015 • Earthworks

Arlington, TX, Apr 13 -- Saturday a gas well in the heart of West Arlington blew out while being fracked, forcing the evacuation of the surrounding neighborhood. Owned by Vantage Energy anddirectly adjacent to homes and ball fields, the blowout spilled flowback fluid that can contain hazardous chemicals, radioactivity and salts.


Another Orange River, Another Toxic Spill

August 13, 2014 • Shreema Mehta

Just a week after the Mount Polley disaster, another mine waste spill has occurred, this time from a copper mine in Mexico. About 10 million gallons of toxic mine waste spilled from the Buenavista mine into nearby rivers. Water restrictions have been imposed on thousands of people.


EPA Clean Power rule a step in the right direction

June 3, 2014 • Lauren Pagel

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants. This groundbreaking regulation is an important first step towards addressing the largest source of climate-warming pollutants, and a small step on the way towards an energy future based largely on renewable energy.

The rule allows each state to choose from a broad menu of carbon-cutting options, including energy efficiency improvements, clean energy sources, implementing a carbon tax, or instituting or joining a cap-and-trade system. Overall, the new rule will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 25% by 2020, and 30% by 2030, using 2005 emissions levels as a starting point.

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Environmental, Health, Sporting Organizations, Call on Interior Secretary Jewell, EPA Administrator McCarthy to Curb Methane Emissions from Oil And Gas Industry

December 5, 2013 • Earthworks et. al.

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2013 – A broad group of regional and national environmental and health organizations, joined by sporting and faith-based allies, today called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to substantially reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on public and private lands, as well as from offshore oil operations. In an open letter, the organizations invoked President Obama’s June 2013 statement that “curbing emissions of methane is critical to our overall effort to address global climate change,” and recommended three essential pathways to clean up methane emissions and set the nation on a path to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.