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Premature pipeline partying

By Nadia Steinzor

April 24, 2017

Earlier this year, the natural gas industry declared in an exuberant report that new pipelines will “uncork” the production bottleneck and create a second boom in Utica and Marcellus Shale development. 

This vision is currently on stark display in Pennsylvania and Ohio. On a recent trip for Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project, a colleague and I were dismayed to see pipeline cuts and compressor station scarring the landscape—including in areas absent of such activity several months ago.   

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Newmont Mining Opposes Human Rights Shareholder Proposal

By Hilary Lewis

April 21, 2017

Yesterday, Earthworks and our partners at SumOfUs.org attended the Annual General Meeting of the world’s second largest gold mining company, Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation. The meeting is open to all shareholders and is where shareholders (and their proxies) vote on standard resolutions about corporate governance and CEO pay. Importantly for communities, shareholder-led resolutions are also considered.

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The Safe Energy Future Plan: Ending Special Treatment for the Oil and Gas Industry

By Aaron Mintzes

April 10, 2017

This week, Rep. Cartwright (D-PA), DeGette (D-CO), Polis (D-CO), and Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Safe Energy Future Plan, a suite of bills providing critical protections to communities by closing oil and gas industry loopholes in our bedrock environmental laws.

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Advocates to PA legislators: don’t be a copy cat!

By Nadia Steinzor

March 24, 2017

Residents and advocates gathered at the Pennsylvania State Capitol this week with a clear message to legislators: it’s high time to support measures to prevent gas industry pollution, and folly to try and block them. 

Over a year ago, PA Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rolled out a strategy to reduce methane emissions, emphasizing risks to both health and the climate. But industry efforts to stop broader oil and gas regulations from taking effect delayed any progress on new methane control measures. 

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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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