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.


Fracking the Eagle Ford — TCEQ’s nondenial

September 30, 2013 • Alan Septoff

Energy in Depth responded to our report on TCEQ's regulatory malfeasance: Reckless Endangerment while fracking the Eagle Ford - Government fails, public health suffers and industry profits from the shale oil boom.

Rather than respond on the substance, EID chose to attack Earthworks.

To paraphrase Isaac Asimov, ad hominem attacks are the last refuge of those without a leg to stand on.

The central revelations of the report are not in dispute:


Reckless Endangerment While Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale

September 19, 2013 • Sharon Wilson, Lisa Sumi, Wilma Subra
Media Releases

New Report: Fracking Pollution Sickening Residents in TX, Regulators Walk Away

September 19, 2013 • Earthworks

Washington, DC – A new report released today, September 19th, provides an important window into a disturbing national pattern regarding the oversight of fracking-enabled oil and gas development: regulators, charged with protecting the public, are actively avoiding evidence that fracking is harming the public. The report focuses on Karnes County, TX in an attempt to illuminate a growing national pattern of absentee regulators.

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Reckless Endangerment while Fracking the Eagle Ford: Government fails, public health suffers and industry profits from the shale oil boom

September 18, 2013 • Earthworks
Media Releases

Tests Find Banned Carcinogen in Air Near Fracking Sites

August 23, 2011 • Earthworks

DENTON, TX, Aug. 23 - State air tests in two communities in the Barnett Shale gas patch found strong evidence that a cancer-causing chemical -- banned for most uses for more than 25 years -- was used in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells, according to a newspaper investigation. But despite the test results and the drilling company's admission that it used a banned biocide, state regulators have recanted their own findings and refuse to take action.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported Sunday that air tests by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found levels of 1,2-dibromoethane, or EDB, at least six times since December 2010 near natural gas facilities in the towns of Argyle and Bartonville. EDB, formerly used as a fumigant pesticide, was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1983 for all but minor uses after it was found to cause cancer and reproductive damage. Four of the six detections were over TCEQ's safe level for long-term exposure.


Natural Gas Flowback: the Dark Side of the Boom

April 15, 2011 • Earthworks

How the Texas natural gas boom affects community health and safety


Texas OGAP public meeting flyer re stinky odor policy

October 4, 2010 • Sharon Wilson