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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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3yr investigation shows CO oil & gas regulators regularly ignore public pollution complaints, 65% of oil & gas operations uninspected

October 21, 2020 • Earthworks * Citizens for Clean Air * Citizens for a Healthy Community * Larimer Alliance * LOGIC * Western Colorado Alliance * WildEarth Guardians
Oct 21 — A three-year investigation released today—Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Colorado’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves—shows that state regulators only acted to reduce pollution in response to 14% of… More »

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

October 21, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor, Nathalie Eddy, and Raphael Breit
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Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about Texas’ oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves

October 21, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor, Sharon Wilson, and Raphael Breit
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How Many Lies Does It Take?

October 13, 2020 • Josh Eisenfeld
Last week, Exxon proved, once again, that the oil and gas industry cannot be trusted to take the steps needed to tackle methane pollution and the climate crisis. Leaked documents, made public by Bloomberg News, show how Exxon has misled… More »
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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 »
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Texas regulators allow unpermitted oil well to pollute for 10 months, so far

October 8, 2020
Oct 8 — Today Earthworks sent a letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Executive Director Toby Baker, and the Texas Railroad Commissioners (TRC), urging them to reject and rescind MDC Pick Pocket 21’s permits after pollution was documented at… More »
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New report finds state regulatory failure to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil and gas waste in New Mexico

October 7, 2020
October 7th — A new report released today by Earthworks shows that the state of New Mexico permits oil and gas operations without adequate protections to prevent pollution from improper storage, processing, and disposal of oil and gas waste, also known as “produced… More »
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New Mexico Oil & Gas Waste Report: The failure to safely manage oil and gas waste

October 7, 2020
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Fall 2020 Earthworks Journal

October 6, 2020
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Tell CDPHE to prioritize people over polluters!

CDPHE’s oil and gas complaint system is meant to help Coloradans hold polluters accountable. But since 2018, 66 complaints filed by Earthworks resulted in only ONE penalty.
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Trump’s Mining Executive Order Puts Profits Before People

October 1, 2020
“We’ve seen proclamations from President Trump on so-called critical minerals before. This one continues this administration’s consistent attempts to weaken public input and federal oversight over mining. “What’s different now is the world’s interest in the equitable and just treatment… More »
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3yr investigation shows Ohio regulators ignore public oil & gas pollution complaints, work closely with polluters

October 1, 2020
Oct 1 — A three-year investigation released today by Earthworks and endorsed by 15 regional groups in Ohio and Pennsylvania — Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Ohio’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it… More »