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Groups Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste

May 4, 2016 • Earthworks | NRDC | Environmental Integrity Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment.


Wasting Away: Four states’ failure to manage oil and gas waste in the Marcellus and Utica Shale

April 2, 2015 • Nadia Steinzor, Bruce Baizel

Despite concluding that oil and gas development waste contain hazardous constituents, EPA exempted it from consideration as hazardous under RCRA and left its regulation to “adequate” state oversight. This report comprehensively examines that oversight, identifies causes of inadequacy, and makes recommendations for improvement.


Wasting Away: new report investigates the mess industry leaves behind

April 2, 2015 • Nadia Steinzor

I once worked at an office with a big sign in the employee kitchen: “Your parents don’t work here. Clean up after yourself.” Some years later when I began to visit gas drilling areas, those words often came to mind. Today, Earthworks released a report detailing the many ways that gas and oil operators—and the regulators charged with overseeing them—appear unwilling to heed this basic request.

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States undermine EPA’s argument for exempting fracking waste

April 2, 2015 • Earthworks

Washington, D.C., April 2nd -- A new report shows that states ignore the risks of sometimes hazardous oil and gas waste despite EPA’s exemption of such waste from federal oversight based on “adequate” state management. Wasting Away: Four states’ failure to manage oil and gas waste in the Marcellus and Utica Shale examines how Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York neither regulate oil and gas development wastes as hazardous, nor can assure the public that they are protected from exposure to hazardous waste.

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New Maryland Legislative Session; New Hope for Progress

January 10, 2014 • Aaron Mintzes

This week, the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) gaveled in its 434st legislative session. Election year sessions tend to signify nothing but sound and fury. However, this time around, legislators have an opportunity to demonstrate trend-setting leadership on hydraulic fracturing policy.

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Statement of Earthworks Executive Director Jennifer Krill on today’s introduction of the CLEANER Act

July 26, 2013 • Earthworks

July 26, Washington, D.C. -- "Earthworks salutes Congressmen Matt Cartwright and Jared Huffman for introducing the CLEANER (Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion of Regulations) Act today. CLEANER would help protect public health by closing an important loophole in federal oversight of the oil and gas industry. Thanks to the nationwide shale boom, now more than ever the oil and gas industry’s special exemption in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for its hazardous waste seriously concerns impacted communities.


RCRA Violations at Mining Operations In Nevada

December 17, 2008 • Dan Randolph Bonnie Gestring