Even as Extraction fails, CO state regulators consider company interests first

June 15, 2020
Background COGCC sided with Extraction and put company interests before public interests when Broomfield tried to temporarily block fracking operations while stay-at-home orders forced people to breathe oil and gas pollution. Now, just weeks later, COGCC must answer again whose… More »

COVID-19 Relief in the Permian Gulf Coast Region: The Power of Mutual Aid

May 8, 2020 • Ethan Buckner
For the past six months, Earthworks and dozens of grassroots groups, frontline communities, and ally organizations have been building a coalition to address impacts of the oil, gas, and petrochemical buildout from the Permian Basin in west Texas and southeast… More »

When oil is in your backyard–where do you go when your doctor says don’t stay home?

May 6, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Tyler Rivlin and Raphael Breit.  On December 22, 2019, James Brugh and his wife Victoria, who was seven months pregnant,  received a letter from an Ob-Gyn they had visited in Bismarck, ND. Concerned about Victoria’s… More »

Secretary McDonnell commits PA DEP to enforce laws while EPA refuses, other states must do the same

April 16, 2020
Background: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent a letter to stakeholders regarding the agency’s enforcement policy during COVID and Governor Wolf’s indefinite Stay-at-Home order.  The response by Secretary McDonnell follows a request made by numerous environmental groups that sought the clarification,… More »

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Living with Uncertainty

April 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
How the COVID-19 pandemic can help us understand the fears of communities on the frontlines of oil, gas and mining Written by Jan Morrill and Leann Leiter As the effects of COVID-19 spread across the United States, Earthworks staff are,… More »

Industry blockage of Broomfield’s COVID/fracking public health order tests SB181

April 9, 2020
Background: Yesterday the City of Broomfield reluctantly voted not to impose an emergency Public Health order to prevent Extraction Oil & Gas from conducting flowback operations while Governor Polis’ stay-at-home remains in place. They made this decision because they were advised by… More »

EPA: COVID is reason not to protect public health from polluters

March 27, 2020
Background: After industries, including oil and gas industry trade association the American Petroleum Institute, petitioned the Trump Administration requesting waivers from compliance from various federal agencies’ oversight due to the COVID crisis, on March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… More »

REPORT: CDPHE fails to protect public health, must rebuild oil & gas oversight

March 12, 2020
Denver — A new report reveals that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) does not fulfill its mission “to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people” when it comes to oil and gas pollution. Released by the… More »