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The Climate Change Impacts of Fracking and the Call for EPA Action

By Aaron Mintzes

November 21, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued last week a new rule intended to clarify the oil and gas emissions data drilling companies submit to EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program (GHGRP). The new regulation takes effect at the beginning of next year and reflects a better picture of the methane pollution from oil and gas production. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is an enormously potent greenhouse gas polluter. Scientists now estimate that methane traps 86 times more heat over a twenty-year period than the same amount of carbon dioxide. These improved new reporting requirements place more emphasis on emissions beyond the wellhead. As a result, gas industry leaks from all aspects of the production, transmission, and distribution get reported to GHGRP.

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Tagged with: air pollution, climate change, clean air act, greenhouse gas emissions, methane


Fossil Fuel Divestment

By Jennifer Krill

November 20, 2014

One avenue to encourage a more rapid transition from dirty fossil fuels to a clean energy economy is through socially responsible investment, or in this case, disinvestment. If we want fossil fuels to stop dominating the global economy and our political decision makers, then we need to stop buying into them.

So it was great news back in September that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced they would divest from fossil fuels.

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Tagged with: fossil fuels, responsible investing, rockefeller brothers fund, divestment


More Mine Waste Spills in Mexico: Where’s the Oversight?

By Shreema Mehta

November 6, 2014

A few weeks ago, yet another mine spilled toxic waste into rivers in Mexico, this time in the northern state of Sinaloa – the third reported mine waste spill since August.

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Tagged with: tailings, mine waste, mexico, rivers, baja california sur


It’s Time to Act on Climate Pollution From Fracking

By Lauren Pagel

October 28, 2014

Last month, I traveled to New York City to join the People’s Climate March. Over 400,000 people came from across the country to tell President Obama that the time to act on climate is now, because we don’t have time to spare. We are already feeling the effects of climate change across the globe. 

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Tagged with: fracking, climate change, obama, methane


Flawed studies can make you sick

By Nadia Steinzor

October 27, 2014

The idea that “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sometimes work on a personal level—but it couldn’t be further from the truth for communities living on the frontlines of gas development. Yet the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) doesn’t seem to have any problem hiding information from the people who most need it.

News broke this week that the basic conclusion of a widely touted DEP study on air pollution near gas wells and facilities—that detected contaminants wouldn’t trigger health problems—was wrong. 

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Tagged with: fracking, public health, pennsylvania


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