Big Oil and Gas have Big Impacts to Health, Air, Water and Climate

By Tony Ingraffea

August 14, 2015

I was invited this week to offer my comments at a press conference on a study by CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA on the expected impacts of shale gas development in the Delaware River Basin. This study was unique in that it looks across a broad range of impacts, uses a common basis of well and well pad influences, and derives projections based on actual past production data in the Marcellus and the key drivers of that production.

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Tagged with: fracking, water pollution, air pollution, health impacts

Major Colorado mine waste spill highlights urgency for comprehensive mining law reform

By Pete Dronkers

August 11, 2015

Last Wednesday, the US experienced one of its worst mining-related disasters in decades, and it’s received a lot of attention both here in Colorado and nationally.  There’s been no shortage of name calling and blaming, but few seem to be speaking of the bigger picture: how can we learn from this and write policies and regulations that stop this from happening again? 

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Tagged with: mining, epa, 1872 mining law, colorado, acid mine drainage, 1872, animas river

Darkness in the Sunshine State

By Nadia Steinzor

August 10, 2015

First they dreamed of building a city, now they dream of drilling for oil. The Kanter family, aka real estate moguls of southern Florida, that is. And the location they have in mind is the acreage they own in the Everglades—a unique natural environment deemed globally significant because of its diverse wildlife, vegetation, and ecosystems.

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Tagged with: fracking, national parks, florida, big cypress

One Year in FLIR: Exposing invisible fracking air pollution

By Hilary Lewis

August 10, 2015

One year ago, thanks to the generous support of Earthworks members, we bought a FLIR Gasfinder camera to expose otherwise invisible air pollution from fracking and drilling operations.

With this camera, we are able see what industry is trying to hide, and show that fracking isn't clean or safe. We put the results of this technology in the hands of everyday citizens living with oil and gas in their backyard so they can see what's really going on and demand action. 

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, pollution, methane, flir, cep

Not the Way to Go, Ohio

By Nadia Steinzor

July 31, 2015

Every road trip needs a good theme song. A recent excursion for Earthworks’ Citizens Empowerment Project brought The Pretenders to mind:

I went back to Ohio, but my pretty countryside 

Had been paved down the middle, by a government that had no pride

The farms of Ohio has been replaced by shopping malls

Said A, O, Oh way to go Ohio…

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Tagged with: fracking, air pollution, ohio, flir, cep

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