Industry games system, regulators look the other way

By Nadia Steinzor

March 1, 2017

This week, the Trump Administration suggested slashing the budgets of some government agencies, in particular the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Around the same time, Earthworks released an in-depth report on how air pollution can be made worse in the absence of federal law and EPA oversight. 

The report, Permitted to Pollute: How oil and gas operators and regulators exploit clean air protections and put the public at risk, is the result of more than a year of research focusing on three natural gas processing and transmission facilities in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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Tagged with: fracking, air pollution, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection

Ever Eager to Please Big Oil, Trump Yanks Key Dakota Access Decision

By Aaron Mintzes

February 28, 2017

February 20 should have marked the comment deadline on the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE or the “Corps”) decision whether to grant an easement for of a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Except the President ended comments early

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Tagged with: dakota access pipeline, dakota access, energy transfer partners

Governing by Injustice in West Virginia

By Nadia Steinzor

February 27, 2017

When elected officials bow and scrape to the oil and gas industry, they often use the false rhetoric of “job killing” and “burdensome” regulations. Last week, the inappropriately-named Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia, didn’t even bother with that smokescreen.

According to investigative coverage by the Charleston Gazette, Gov. Justice recently ordered the Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to kill a requirement that protects residents from the noise and light caused by oil and gas operations.

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Tagged with: fracking, west virginia

Alaska’s Pebble Mine: Investment Firm Says Northern Dynasty is “Worthless”

By Bonnie Gestring

February 14, 2017

It’s hard to believe that the battle to protect America’s most valuable wild salmon fishery from the proposed Pebble Mine continues. Across America, the public has repeatedly voiced its opposition to Pebble, and its support for protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery and the 14,000 hard-working fishermen it supports.  

Commercial fishermen. Seafood processors. Hunters and anglers. Alaska Native communities. Jewelry retail companies. Grocery stores. Chefs. Restaurants. Churches. Scientists. They’ve all said Pebble is a bad idea. And, some of the world’s largest mining companies (Anglo American & Rio Tinto) have walked away from it. 

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Tagged with: mining, bristol bay

How to increase your influence in a Trump administration

By Lauren Pagel

February 13, 2017

On Friday, I hosted our first webinar for Earthworks' members who want to increase their influence over both politicians and political decisions, and regulations. You can see a recording of my presentation here:

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Tagged with: congress, advocacy, trump

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