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Look before you lease! (and after, too)

By Nadia Steinzor

September 22, 2010

We're holding workshops in Pennsylvania and Ohio for landowners considering leasing or who have already leased, and anyone concerned about surface owner rights, leasing, and the impacts of gas development. [registration info after the jump]

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Tagged with: marcellus shale, landowner workshops


How to Drill Right: Our new Montana model county oil & gas regs

By Jennifer Goldman

August 30, 2010


Photo: Rocky Mountain Front near Browning, MT
Credit: Gwen Lachelt/EARTHWORKS

We've worked with a number of county and municipal governments in a variety of states to enact or improve their oil and gas regulations.

While local governments are sometimes limited in what aspects of oil and gas development they can regulate, local regulations can significantly mitigate property, nuisance, public health and environmental impacts.

To provide guidance on what counties can and cannot regulate in Montana, we have prepared a model for county regulations in the state.

Please contact us with questions, ideas or consultation regarding local regulations in your areas.

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Tagged with: ogap, regulation, montana


A bridge fuel to...where?

By Nadia Steinzor

August 25, 2010

Proponents of natural gas as a bridge fuel speak enthusiastically about the need to end our reliance on polluting and insecure energy sources.  But when it comes to figuring out how to get from natural gas to a clean energy economy plans get fuzzy or, worse, hard to find.

 

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Tagged with: hydraulic fracturing, marcellus shale, new york, bridge fuel, dirty energy, renewables


Community Survey Reveals Health Impacts in Pavillion, WY Gas-field

By Jennifer Goldman

August 19, 2010

Those of living in gas-patch communities, like in DISH, TX, have had the burden to show regulators that their water is contaminated -- that dirty gas development is making us sick from polluted water, air and soil.

With a new survey released today, the landowners, public interest groups and scientists involved in Pavillion, Wyoming, are doing just that and calling on our public health agencies to step up and put people s health before corporate profit.

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Tagged with: public health, wyoming, water, pavillion, pollution, wilma subra, powder river basin resource council


Tribute to longtime OGAP supporter Dr. Tom Grams

By Gwen Lachelt

August 10, 2010

Taliban kill dentist from Durango was the shocker headline in yesterday s Durango Herald. When I opened my newspaper last night I had to sit down before I fell down. Tom Grams was my dentist and he was a longtime advocate of our work here at EARTHWORKS Oil & Gas Accountability Project.  In 2007 Tom retired from the dental practice he built in Durango, Colorado, to pursue his passion of providing free dental care to impoverished children around the world.

Dr. Grams and his 10-member team were returning from a two-week medical mission north of Kabul last Thursday when they were attacked and killed by Taliban gunmen. Their driver was the only survivor.

Tom championed a lot of groups in our neck of the world a region both blessed and cursed by its geology. Our mountain and high desert canyon country is breathtaking and so rich in natural resources that impacts from mining and drilling are a huge part of our past and our present. When we started OGAP in 1999 to expand our regional oil and gas organizing efforts to work with communities across the country to prevent and minimize drilling impacts, Tom was one of our first supporters.

Tom will be remembered and honored for his work and service at a memorial this Sunday afternoon in Durango. We will remember Tom for his passion, dedication and support. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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Tagged with: afghanistan, dentist, members, supporters, taliban


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