Report: New report finds California fails to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil and gas waste

January 26, 2021
January 26th — A new report released today by Earthworks, along with allies VISIÓN California and Center for Biological Diversity, shows that California is one of the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to regulating the oil and gas industry’s waste… More »

California Oil and Gas Waste Report: The failure to safely manage oil and gas waste

January 26, 2021

Flaring is (Still) Flamingly Stupid, but Unlit Flaring is Worse

January 25, 2021 • Jack McDonald
In May, Earthworks’ Senior Field Advocate, Sharon Wilson, wrote a blog post about the increasing prevalence of unlit flare stacks at oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin. Unlit and otherwise malfunctioning flares can release large volumes of pollution… More »

TOTAL leaves API, other oil and gas majors should do the same

January 15, 2021
Background: Major oil and gas companies have publicly committed to pull funding and support from lobby groups that hold positions and/or act out of alignment with the Paris Agreement or the company’s own climate goals. Total, BP, Shell & Equinor… More »

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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 »

Tell the US Maritime Administration to Stop the GulfLink Crude Oil Export Terminal!

Oil company Sentinel Midstream and financier Freepoint Commodities plan to build a massive crude oil storage facility, pipelines, and an oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast. Called GulfLink, the project would load up to 2 million barrels of crude oil per day onto crude carriers for export oil to foreign markets. Increased crude oil infrastructure for exports spells disaster for our climate.
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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 »