We need to clean up old uranium messes, and make sure we have rules to prevent new ones, before we mine more uranium

By Lauren Pagel

September 24, 2010

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources conducted a hearing concerning H.R. 4817. The bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 and give uncertified States and Indian tribes authority to use payments to take care of certain noncoal (i.e. uranium) reclamation projects.

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Tagged with: new mexico, abandoned mines, uranium, smcra, energy and minerals, hr4817

TCEQ sees no evil in current gas industry oversight. Texas family sees otherwise.

By Alan Septoff

September 23, 2010

Last year, after concerted pressure demonstrating that its non-regulation of natural gas extraction and infrastructure industry was harming its citizens, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced new policies to protect Texas citizens from irresponsible companies.

Eight months later, EARTHWORKS' Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is going to hold a public meeting to review how those new policies are doing. But TCEQ doesn t want to participate.

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Tagged with: public health, toxics, texas ogap, barnett shale, tceq, parr

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

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