FYI, Midland Reporter-Telegam, fracking isn’t safe

By Sharon Wilson

October 26, 2017

Note: the below letter to the editor was submitted on October 17th but has not been published.

To the editor (of the Midland Reporter-Telegram):

Steve Everley of Texans for Natural Gas in his October 14th oped made some stale, yet still outrageous claims regarding the safety of fracking-enabled oil and gas development.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study referenced by Everley lists hundreds of instances where hydraulic fracturing polluted drinking water.

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Court Strikes Down Latest Trump Administration Attempt to Delay Oil and Gas Protections

By Aaron Mintzes

October 10, 2017

Last week, a federal judge in California struck down the Trump Administration’s stay of a rule that saves taxpayer money, prevents waste of our minerals, cleans the air, and protects the climate. Earthworks, represented by our friends with the Western Environmental Law Center, joined a coalition of conservation organizations and the states of California and New Mexico, bringing this challenge.

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Dow Jones Sustainability Index is Unsustainable for Communities

By Ellen Moore

September 25, 2017

Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) recently announced its list evaluating the sustainability performance of the largest 2,500 companies listed on the Dow Jones Stock Market Index. US-based Newmont Mining scored high marks, earning it a spot as one of the world's most sustainable metal mining companies. Given Newmont’s abysmal environmental and human rights track record, this distinction raises the question, “How does DJSI define sustainability?”   

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Congress Toys with Shutting Down the Government. Again.

By Aaron Mintzes

September 14, 2017

This is the first chance for the 115th Congress to perform one if its key functions under the Trump Administration: funding the Government. Americans want their National Parks open, and rely on Congress to pay to maintain them. Congress used to routinely pass appropriations bills, but not anymore. In 2012, a powerful caucus within the Congressional majority viewed almost all functions of Government with such cynicism they created a budgetary mechanism few believed would ever come in to effect. They called it the Sequester.

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Getting Real with Pipeline Disasters in West Virginia

By Traci Hickson

August 3, 2017

If you think silt fences will hold back the erosion, sedimentation, and landslides caused by pipelines built on steep mountain slopes in West Virginia, think again. Last month, the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a cease and desist order for Energy Transfer Partner’s Rover Pipeline for completely disregarding and violating erosion sedimentation and control measures. The photo evidence tells the story of numerous violations and polluted streams.

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