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Navajo resident testifies to Congress that BLM methane rule is necessary to protect health, cut waste

Earthworks

May 24, 2017

Statement of Kendra Pinto of Twin Pines, located in the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico near Chaco Canyon in the San Juan Basin:
“The laws of the Navajo Nation and the United States of America should protect people, our lands, and our health. Without the Interior Department’s rule to curb methane emissions on public lands, we allow the oil and gas industry to burn our money, and our health, away.”

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Tagged with: fracking, blm, methane


Peruvian Supreme Court Acquits Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

Earthworks | SumOfUs

May 3, 2017

Washington, DC -- Today, the Supreme Court of Peru upheld a lower court decision in favor of local farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family in their fight to protect their land near the proposed Conga gold mine. The Conga mine is a proposed project of the Peruvian subsidiary of US-based Newmont Mining, who brought the aggravated assault suit against Máxima.

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Tagged with: mining, peru, newmont, maxima


Earthworks expands state-based effort to cut oil & gas pollution that harms health and climate

Earthworks

May 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today Earthworks announces the expansion of its Community Empowerment Project (CEP) to push state governments to cut the oil and gas industry’s climate and health damaging air pollution. The expansion is made possible by a 3-year, $3 million grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Tagged with: fracking, methane, cep


Video shows massive waste, air pollution at oil & gas sites on public lands

Earthworks

April 28, 2017

Vernal, UT -- Earthworks released a video taken April 25 showing massive amounts of otherwise invisible air pollution on public lands in Utah, just west of Grand Junction, Colorado. The video comes right as Senate leaders say they will vote on whether to use the Congressional Review Act to permanently revoke the Bureau of Land Management's natural gas waste rule that would significantly reduce this pollution in January 2018.

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Tagged with: blm, methane, cep, congressional review act


New nationwide coalition unites to stop Energy Transfer Partners

Earthworks and partners

April 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 25 -- Today, a diverse coalition of communities represented by more than two dozen organizations across the country launched a coordinated effort to challenge Energy Transfer Partners’ (ETP) operations with an open letter to ETP that outlines their grievances and demands. The coalition has launched the website StopETP.org as an online hub for the campaign.

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Tagged with: fracking, energy transfer partners, dapl


Four Mining Activists Honored with 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize

Earthworks

April 24, 2017

San Francisco, CA -- Today, the Goldman Environmental Foundation awarded six grassroots environmental activists the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Four out of six of this year’s Prize winners are fighting to stop mining and drilling projects near their homes and communities.

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Tagged with: mining, goldman prize


Newmont Mining Advises Shareholders to Reject Human Rights Protections

Earthworks and partners

April 20, 2017

New York, April 20, 2017 - Newmont Mining Corporation’s (NYSE - NEM) Board of Directors advised its shareholders to vote against a Stockholder Proposal calling for the company to assess and reduce human rights risks of their global mining operations. The vote will be tallied at Newmont’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held today at 11am at the St. Regis Hotel, New York.

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Tagged with: mining, newmont, maxima


Safe Energy Future Plan would end preferential treatment for oil and gas polluters

Earthworks and NRDC

April 6, 2017

Washington D.C. -- Today Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced a legislative package, collectively dubbed the Safe Energy Future Plan, in response to flagrant oil and gas loopholes that degrade our air, water, climate, and health.

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Tagged with: fracking, congress, frack pack


Trump Climate EO Would Roll Back Community Protections Too

Earthworks

March 28, 2017

At 2pm today, the Trump Administration is expected to release a sweeping executive order rolling back climate initiatives put in place during the previous administration. Based on last night's White House briefing, Earthworks' Policy Director Lauren Pagel has the following statement:

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Tagged with: climate, executive order, trump


Unprecedented rule could give California communities the power to protect themselves from oil & gas air pollution

Earthworks

March 23, 2017

Sacramento, Washington DC, March 23 - Today, as the comment period closed on the California Air Resources Board’s proposed rule to cut methane pollution from oil & gas air facilities, Earthworks urged CARB to adopt the rule.

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Tagged with: fracking, california, carb


Statement of Lauren Pagel, Earthworks policy director, on the House Natural Resources Committee Oversight Hearing on The Importance of Domestically Sourced Raw Materials for Infrastructure Projects

March 21, 2017

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Tagged with: mining, regulation, house subcommittee on energy and mineral resources, fraser institute


PA Communities Demonstrate Support for Critical Methane Emission Rules at State Capitol

Earthworks and partners

March 21, 2017

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, methane


Oil, Gas Exploration to Begin Within Big Cypress National Preserve

Earthworks and partners

March 20, 2017

Naples, FL – The Burnett Oil Company has set March 27 as the date they will begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge has yet to rule whether the work can proceed.

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Tagged with: florida


Administration Sounds Death Knell for Transparency Initiative

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

March 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has halted U.S. efforts to seek validation by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global anti-corruption effort to bring openness and accountability to the oil, gas and mining sectors. As civil society members of the U.S. EITI, we are saddened and alarmed that the United States will no longer comply with the standard of a crucial transparency initiative that it has supported since 2003.

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Tagged with: eiti


Trump’s budget prioritizes mining & fracking over public health

Earthworks

March 16, 2017

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Tagged with: epa, budget, trump


SB 1868 would require local hearings for oil & gas wells proposed within 1,500ft of schools & daycares

Earthworks

March 15, 2017

Austin -- Late last week Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-21) introduced SB 1868 to require the Texas Railroad Commission to hold a public hearing in the county where an operator seeks to permit an oil and gas well within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare. In 2015, HB 40 effectively removed communities’ power to govern the oil and gas industry within their boundaries in favor of regulation by the state Railroad Commission and Texas Council on Environmental Quality.

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Tagged with: texas


New bill would protect 221,000 kids’ health & education

Earthworks

March 9, 2017

Today, Representative Terry Canales (D-40th) introduced HB3403, the “Protect Our Children Act” to grant municipalities the power to govern oil and gas operations within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare. In 2015, HB40 effectively removed municipalities’ power to govern the oil and gas industry within their boundaries in favor of the state Railroad Commission and Texas Council on Environmental Quality.

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Tagged with: texas, hb40, home rule


Lax state permitting of oil and gas operations undermines air quality & public health

February 28, 2017

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Feb 28 -- A groundbreaking analysis reveals the way the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforces the federal Clean Air Act can actually undermine air quality and public health. Permitted to Pollute: how oil & gas operators and regulators exploit clean air protections and put the public at risk investigates the impact of a common regulatory practice: allowing operators to expand and change processing and compression facilities under older permits designed for smaller, more limited activities.

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Tagged with: regulation, air pollution, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection, permitted to pollute


Pruitt’s EPA looks to be a disaster for communities & environment

February 21, 2017

Statement of Earthworks Policy Director Lauren Pagel

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House votes to roll back BLM methane rule, sends American tax dollars up in flames

Earthworks

February 3, 2017

"Americans deserve better then to see their tax dollars go up in flames. By voting to roll back the Interior Department’s natural gas waste rule, the House of Representatives put the oil and gas industry’s profits ahead of the public’s pocketbook. Without this rule, companies will continue to waste $330 million each year in taxpayer-owned natural gas extracted from public lands owned by all Americans. In the process oil and gas companies will also pollute our communities with carcinogens like benzene, and the climate with methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more harmful than carbon dioxide."

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Trump picks industry puppet to lead EPA

Earthworks

January 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, owns a track record that puts him directly at odds with the mission of the agency which he hopes to head.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, cercla, oklahoma, pruitt


Zinke’s Opportunity to Champion America’s Public Lands

Earthworks

January 17, 2017

President-elect Trump has nominated freshman Member of Congress Ryan Zinke of Montana to lead the Interior Department, the agency charged with governing most of our public lands and all federally owned minerals. Although Congressman Zinke has repeatedly stated his commitment to keeping public lands public, he recently joined House Republicans to vote for a rule that would make it easier to transfer federal public lands to states.

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Tagged with: public lands, interior, zinke


Lawsuit Launched to Protect Wolves, Lynx From PolyMet Copper Mine

Center for Biological Diversity | Earthworks

January 10, 2017

DULUTH, Minn.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Earthworks today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service under the Endangered Species Act for their approval of the PolyMet open-pit copper mine on the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. The open-pit mine would destroy important habitat for the gray wolf and Canada lynx, both listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued its “biological opinion” on the mine proposal in February 2016, and the Forest Service issued its decision on the related land exchange on Jan. 9, 2017.

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Tagged with: mining, copper, minnesota


Trump picks climate denier, polluter to set international policy

Earthworks

January 10, 2017

Washington, D.C.-- In suggesting Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to head the State Department, President-elect Donald Trump has selected someone whose personal and professional history demonstrates a fundamental conflict of interest with the mission of the agency he would have them lead.

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Tagged with: fracking, fossil fuels, rex tillerson


Tests Reveal Increased Selenium Pollution In Trout Downstream of Smoky Canyon Mine

Crow Creek Conservation Alliance | Earthworks

January 10, 2017

New tests released today show that selenium pollution has substantially increased in trout downstream from Simplot’s Smoky Canyon Mine, with levels four times the criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent defects and reproductive failure in fish. Crow Creek Conservation Alliance and Earthworks released the results as they’re calling upon Simplot and federal agencies to accelerate clean-up and prevent future pollution as required by the mine’s operating permit.

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Tagged with: mining, idaho, phosphate


EPA releases proposed rule requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting toxic pollution

Environmental Integrity Project

January 6, 2017

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Oil and gas wastewater injection well maps show their earthquake threats to communities, infrastructure

FracTracker | Earthworks

December 21, 2016

Today FracTracker Alliance releasedinteractive maps of Oklahoma and Kansasshowing the location and volume of all active oil and gas Class II Salt Water Disposal (SWD) wastewater injection wells in the states, and their proximity to geologic faults and earthquakes. Publicly available interactive regional maps of these wells/volumes in proximity to faults and quakes are unprecedented.

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Tagged with: fracking, earthquakes, oklahoma


Science trumps politics, EPA confirms fracking pollutes drinking water

Earthworks

December 13, 2016

"In releasing its final study, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, today the Environmental Protection Agency definitively confirmed that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water in multiple ways, including the overly restrictive definition that the oil and gas industry uses.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, water pollution, sab


President-elect Trump taps Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary

Earthworks

December 9, 2016

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers belongs to the mining industry. She co-sponsored the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (HR 1904) and is a major booster for the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (HR 1937). HR 1904 resulted in the transfer of sacred Apache lands to a foreign mining company, while HR 1937 subverts communities by severely undermining the public input process in mining permit decisions.

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Tagged with: mining, oak flat, critical minerals


Fracking threatens unique desert oasis in west Texas

Earthworks and Save Our Springs Too

November 3, 2016

Toyahvale & Dallas, TX, Nov 3 -- Released today, a new scientific analysis of the system of springs feeding Texas’ Balmorhea State Park in the Chihuahuan Desert indicates that new oil and gas production proposed by Apache Corp. could pollute or otherwise disrupt the springs that make Balmorhea a global tourist destination. The report was authored by hydrologist Tom Myers, Ph.D for the Balmorhea-community group Save Our Springs Too and national environmental group Earthworks.

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Tagged with: fracking, texas, balmorhea


EPA releases oil & gas smog guidelines

Earthworks

October 20, 2016

"While we applaud President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency for finalizing voluntary control techniques guidelines (CTGs) for smog-forming pollution from oil and gas production, EPA has not yet applied these guidelines to 70 percent of wells in affected areas: low producing wells.

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Tagged with: epa, air pollution, ozone


World’s 2nd largest gold mining company’s own investigation shows it violated international standards, and its own

September 28, 2016

Washington, D.C., Sep 28 --  A year-long investigation commissioned and funded by the world’s second largest gold producer, Newmont Mining, today reports that its Peruvian subsidiary ignored human rights standards, “prioritized eviction and litigation over dialogue,” and violated its own standards in its land dispute with Peruvian subsistence farmers. 

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Tagged with: mining, peru, newmont, conga, maxima, minera yanacocha, resolve


Latin American environmental defender attacked, hospitalized

Earthworks et. al.

September 20, 2016

Washington, D.C., -- 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Máxima Acuña de Chaupe was hospitalized after being attacked, allegedly by security forces hired by Minera Yanacocha, a subsidiary of Denver-based Newmont Mining, according to information provided by the Chaupe family. The attack took place on Máxima’s property in northern Peru that the mining company has been trying to obtain for its Conga gold mine project

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Tagged with: mining, peru, newmont, maxima


San Carlos Apache, Community & Environmental Groups Challenge Plans for Resolution Copper Mine Waste Site

September 16, 2016

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Tagged with: indigenous, mining waste, resolution copper, lawsuit, nepa, san carlos apache


Statement on House Science Subcommittee on the Environment hearing: “A Solution In Search of a Problem: EPA’s Methane Regulations”

Earthworks

September 15, 2016

“The science is clear on the oil and gas industry and methane -- they are spewing too much of it into the air, worsening climate change and harming public health.
 

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Tagged with: epa, air pollution, congress, methane


New report: Oversight of fracking oil trains needs improvement

Earthworks

September 14, 2016

Washington, D.C./Berkeley, CA -- A new report released by Earthworks today makes concrete recommendations to minimize the threats posed by oil trains traveling through communities across the United States. These trains transport volatile, fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.

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Tagged with: fracking, oil trains, bakken


Oil and gas drilling near Lake Houston threatens Houston’s drinking water

Earthworks

September 13, 2016

Houston -- The Texas Railroad Commission has permitted oil and gas drilling 1600 feet from Lake Houston and less than ¼ mile from Copeland Elementary School and the Ben Bowen Early Childhood Center. Lake Houston is of one three reservoirs providing Houston’s drinking water.

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Tagged with: fracking, texas, lake houston


Amid Water Crises, Deadline Approaches for DEC on Fracking Waste

Earthworks and partners

September 13, 2016

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Tagged with: oil and gas, new york, waste


Human rights violator Newmont to top Dow Jones Sustainability Index for mining

Earthworks

September 12, 2016

Washington, D.C., Sep 9 -- Newmont Mining claims the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) will rank Newmont its top mining company on Monday when the 2016 Index is released, despite the gold miner’s role in human rights violations at its proposed Conga mine in northern Peru.

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Tagged with: mining, djsi


Coalition Challenges Water Right Permit for Rock Creek Mine That Would Drain Wilderness Streams

Earthworks and Earthjustice

September 6, 2016

HELENA, MT—A coalition of conservation groups has objected to a mining company’s request for a state water right permit for the proposed Rock Creek Mine.  If finalized, the permit would allow the mine to drain water from pristine streams in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and adjacent Kootenai National Forest—in some places making streams run dry. 

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Tagged with: mining, montana, rock creek mine


Statement on SAB report concerning water pollution from fracking

Earthworks

August 12, 2016

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Tagged with: fracking, water pollution, pavillion, dimock, sab


Conservationists Win Lawsuit Against Mining in Idaho’s Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness

Earthworks and Idaho partners

August 3, 2016

Boise, ID – The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of conservationists, finding that a Forest Service decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The court decision invalidates the company’s mining plan and requires the Forest Service to conduct further analysis of the proposed mining exploration and evaluate less invasive alternatives for activities in the Wilderness.

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Tagged with: mining, idaho, frank church wilderness


Several states file lawsuits to block vital methane pollution standard

Earthworks

August 2, 2016

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, air pollution, methane


Groups applaud proposal to cut methane pollution from California oil & gas facilities

Earthworks and methane partners

July 21, 2016

Sacramento, July 21 -- Today the California Air Resources Board first meets to publicly consider its proposed rule to limit methane and associated toxic pollution from oil and gas facilities. While CARB still has the opportunity to strengthen the rule in a few key ways, environmental groups from around the state and the country lauded the rule as an example to follow for other states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency

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Tagged with: fracking, air pollution, california, methane


Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of HR 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017

Earthworks

July 14, 2016

“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with  provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk, including:

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Tagged with: epa, blm, methane, cercla 108b, in situ leaching, appropriations, interior


Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338)

Earthworks

July 14, 2016

“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk". These provisions include:

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Tagged with: congress, appropriations, riders


Report: EPA must avoid coal mine self-bonding fiasco to ensure metal mines pay for hazardous waste clean-up, not taxpayers

Earthworks | Center for Science in Public Participation

July 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC / MISSOULA, MT - - Today Earthworks released a report, Making Polluters Pay -- How EPA can ensure mining companies, not taxpayers, pay for mine clean-up, calling upon the Environmental Protection Agency to learn from recent financial fallout of coal mining bankruptcies as it writes rules to require mining companies provide guaranteed funds, up front, for hazardous waste clean-up at metal mines.

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Tagged with: mining, epa, cercla 108b


Infrared Videos & Interactive Map Expose Health Threat of Oklahoma’s Oil & Gas Air Pollution

Bold Oklahoma | Earthworks | Stop Fracking Payne County

July 12, 2016

In partnership with Bold Oklahoma and Stop Fracking Payne County, today Earthworks released new infrared videos of oil and gas air pollution in Oklahoma. The infrared videos -- which make visible normally invisible air pollution -- along with video testimonials from impacted community members are part of a national interactive map created  by Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance, OilAndGasThreatMap.com.

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Tagged with: fracking, pollution, flir, cep, oklahoma


Statement on passage of bill to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry

Earthworks, et al

June 16, 2016

Center for Coalfield Justice * Clean Air Council * Clean Water Action * Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania * Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Earthjustice * Earthworks * League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania * Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper * Mountain Watershed Association *  Natural Resources Defense Council * PennEnvironment * Penn Future * Save Our Streams * Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter

Harrisburg, PA, June 16, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, express their strong disappointment over the passage of SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House and Senate yesterday and is expected to become law.

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Tagged with: oil and gas, regulation, pennsylvania, governor wolf, conventional


Statement on Pennsylvania legislative action to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry

Earthworks et. al.

June 8, 2016

Harrisburg, PA, June 8, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, oppose SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this morning.

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania


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