Media Releases

New research: States don’t enforce oil and gas regulations

September 25, 2012

September 25th, Washington, D.C. – Today Earthworks released Breaking All the Rules: The Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulatory Enforcement, a new research study revealing that states across the country are failing to enforce their own oil and gas development regulations. The one-year, in-depth research project examined enforcement data and practices in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, New York, New Mexico and Colorado and included interviews with ex-industry and state agency employees.

"State enforcement of oil and gas rules is broken," said Earthworks' Senior Staff Attorney Bruce Baizel. He continued, "Across the country, public health and safety are at risk because states are failing to uphold the rule of law. Until states can guarantee they are adequately enforcing their own rules on an ongoing basis, state agencies must not permit new drilling."

Publications

Breaking All the Rules (executive summary)

September 25, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

States are betraying the public by failing to enforce oil and gas development rules

Publications

Breaking All the Rules – The Crisis in Oil and Gas Regulatory Enforcement

September 25, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

States are betraying the public by failing to enforce oil and gas development rules (Full report)

Publications

Enforcement Report – Pennsylvania DEP

September 25, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Inadequate enforcement guarantees irresponsible oil and gas development in Pennsylvania

We can't do this without you!

Donate now!

Donate Now

Publications

Enforcement Report – Ohio DOGRM

September 25, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management: Inadequate enforcement means current Ohio oil and gas development is irresponsible

Publications

Enforcement Report – Texas RRC

September 25, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

Texas Railroad Commission – Inadequate enforcement means irresponsible oil and gas development

Media Releases

New report shows major gaps in current oil and gas enforcement in New York

July 17, 2012 • Earthworks
A shale gas rush could endanger public health and the environment Willow, New York, July 17 – Today Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) released a new report, NYS DEC: Inadequate enforcement guarantees irresponsible oil and gas development. The… More »
Publications

Enforcement Report – NYS DEC

July 17, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

Current enforcement of New York’s oil and gas rules is inadequate, and means the state is not prepared for a shale gas boom.