To protect the environment, we need a functioning democracy

October 22, 2020 • Jennifer Krill
In order to fulfill Earthworks’ mission to protect communities and the environment, the United States needs a functioning democracy that is responsible to the people it governs. People are inextricably part of the environment, and the environment is significantly affected… More »

Split and kill: the quest to avoid regulation by PA’s oil and gas industry

October 13, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have proposed a rule to help reduce the dangerous methane pollution problem from oil and gas operations in the state.  But as it is written now, this proposal excludes… More »

Orphaned Oil and Gas Well Bills are a Step in the Right Direction for Communities on the Frontlines of Pollution

September 22, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
It shouldn’t be a privilege to breathe clean air, to know that your children won’t be poisoned by methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) created by the extraction of oil and gas. I never had to think about that… More »

Statement from Earthworks, National Parks Conservation Association and Clean Air Task Force on Opening Legal Actions Against EPA Rescission of Two Regulations on Methane Emissions

September 16, 2020 • Earthworks * National Parks Conservation Association * Clean Air Task Force
The National Parks Conservation Association and Earthworks, represented by attorneys from Clean Air Task Force, joined other environmental groups in filing two lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging EPA’s unlawful rules that rescind… More »

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Governor Wolf increases threat to health & climate with $670M tax giveaway for fossil fuel companies

July 23, 2020
Background: Governor Tom Wolf signed HB732 into law providing for $26.7M in tax credits for oil and gas petrochemical expansion in Pennsylvania every year over 25 years beginning in 2024. Statement of Earthworks Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate Leann Leiter: “With… More »

Delay and Defeat: Four Pipelines in Seven Days

July 16, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Aaron Mintzes, Nadia Steinzor, and Ethan Buckner.  Over the Independence Day weekend, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced they will abandon their proposed $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The week before, June 30, the… More »

Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration Cancellation of Methane Pollution Rule

July 16, 2020
Western Environmental Law Center*Clean Air Task Force*Center for Biological Diversity*Citizens for a Healthy Community*Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment*Earthworks*Los Padres ForestWatch*Montana Environmental Information Center*National Wildlife Federation*San Juan Citizens Alliance*WildEarth Guardians*Wilderness Workshop*Wyoming Outdoor Council A federal judge late yesterday reinstated the Bureau of… More »

NEPA Rollback Another Attack on Democratic Institutions

July 15, 2020
Background: Today the Trump Administration finalized rulemaking to weaken environmental review and community oversight in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The rule is the administration’s latest attempt to use the COVID-19 pandemic to aggressively roll back environmental and… More »