How Regulators & Regulations Fail: TCEQ Enforcement

January 14, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Yesterday, I explained some of the downfalls of the permitting process within the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), as illustrated by an operator that has been allowed to get away with constant pollution and skirting of the rules. While… More »

How Regulators & Regulations Fail: TCEQ Permitting

January 13, 2021 • Jack McDonald
On October 8th, Earthworks sent an open letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Railroad Commission (RRC) outlining a history of misconduct at the MDC Pickpocket 21 drilling site. Earthworks’ certified optical gas imaging (OGI) thermographers had… More »

Statement on NMED’s report of increased pollution from oil and gas in the Permian

December 22, 2020
Background: On December 21st, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released findings from joint fly-over inspections conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing a 250% increase in oil and gas pollution in the New Mexican Permian Basin. NMED Director… More »

New Analysis Finds Oil And Gas Liquid Waste Continues to be used on Roads Despite Close of Hazardous Waste Loophole 

December 21, 2020
Contact: Liz Moran (518) 610-1828, [email protected]; Melissa Troutman (724) 388-0464, [email protected]; Eric Weltman (617) 304-5330, [email protected] NEW ANALYSIS FINDS OIL AND GAS LIQUID WASTE CONTINUES TO BE USED  ON ROADS DESPITE CLOSURE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE LOOPHOLE  On first day of… More »

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3yr investigation shows CA responds to oil & gas pollution complaints, but public isn’t protected

November 12, 2020
Nov 12 — A three-year investigation released today — Loud and Clear: what public regulatory complaints reveal about California’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves — shows that while California leads among six states examined when it comes… More »

Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about California’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves

November 12, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor and Raphael Breit

CDPHE takes initial steps in right direction, begins overhaul to improve public complaint system

October 22, 2020
Background: Director Garry Kaufman of the Air Pollution Control Division of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) announced a decision to take initial steps in 2020 to make the oil and gas complaint system more transparent and publicly accessible. The… More »

5yr investigation shows TX regulators ignore public oil & gas pollution complaints, work closely with polluters

October 21, 2020 • Earthworks * Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas * Coastal Alliance for Protection of our Environment * Equal Voice Network * Familias Unidas de Chamizal * Frontera Water Protectors * Healthy Gulf * Liveable Arlington * Texas NAACP * Publish What You Pay US * Seeding Sovereignty * Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter * Society of Native Nations * Sunrise Movement - Austin * Sunrise Movement - El Paso * Rise St. James * Save RGV
Oct 21 –– A five year investigation released today — Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Texas’ oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves — shows that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has… More »