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Sharon Wilson to EPA: cutting methane is the least you can do

June 15, 2021 • Sharon Wilson
Sharon provided the below comment live to the EPA during its June 15, 2021 methane public listening session to provide input on the rule it will publish this September to cut oil and gas production’s methane pollution. I’m Sharon Wilson with… More »
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Shrimper Diane Wilson brings fight to protect Matagorda Bay to Max Midstream’s doorstep

May 27, 2021
Houston, TX — After 36 days of fasting, with 24 hours in County Jail for civil disobedience at the Galveston Army Corps Office, and a lifetime of tireless work to protect Matagorda Bay from polluting industries, Diane Wilson lead supporters in… More »
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Permian oil and gas operators have something to hide

May 24, 2021 • Miguel Escoto
The morning of Friday, May 14th, Sharon Wilson (Earthworks’ Senior Field Advocate and Certified Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer) and I drove our rented vehicle down County Rd. 1205 S in Midland, Texas. Sharon sat in the passenger seat with the… More »
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Reflections from the Permian: an industry that can’t be bothered to fix pollution

May 22, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Permian Basin with Sharon Wilson and Miguel Escoto for the first time. Unfortunately, being out in the field makes it even more clear just how much of a problem oil and gas… More »

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Bold action in Texas necessary for Biden to hit climate goals

May 5, 2021
Background: On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature passed HB17, a bill preempting local municipalities from acting to ban or incentivize any type of power source from utilities. This means that a municipality could not favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels for… More »
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New report: TX communities exposed to radioactive, toxic oil and gas waste

May 5, 2021
May 5th, 2021: Today, Earthworks released Wasted in the Lone Star State: The impacts of toxic oil and gas waste in Texas, an analysis of the risks to Texans posed by oil and gas waste disposal and policy recommendations to address them. Earthworks and FracTracker Alliance… More »
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Wasted in the Lone Star State

May 4, 2021 • Melissa Troutman & Amy Mall
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Earth Day Impact: Support Frontline Communities

April 22, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
As vaccines started to roll out this spring, several of our field advocates have been able to safely travel within their states and use our optical gas imaging cameras to make visible the normally invisible air pollution from oil and… More »
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Earth Day Impact: Join the Fight to Stop Oil Exports!

April 22, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
Since the decades-old ban on crude oil exports was lifted in 2015, oil companies have been racing to rapidly expand fracking in the Permian Basin in west Texas and southeast New Mexico. The Permian Basin is the world’s largest climate… More »
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Gulf Coast advocates, hundreds of orgs launch campaign pressuring Biden Admin to Stop Oil and Gas Exports

April 19, 2021
Photos from letter delivery will be posted here WASHINGTON— Gulf Coast community leaders kicked off a week of action in Washington, D.C. today with an event outside the Department of Energy calling on President Joe Biden to end fossil fuel exports. The… More »
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Affirmative defense… of who?

April 16, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Each state implements environmental policy differently. Obviously, each state has different regulations that change the way oil and gas operators behave. A key way that state discretion over environmental policy shows up is the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air… More »
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Shrimper begins hunger strike to pressure Biden Administration to withdraw Matagorda Bay, TX dredging permit for oil exports

April 7, 2021
Point Comfort, April 7 — Today, 4th-generation shrimper, activist, and author Diane Wilson began a hunger strike at the waterfront of Lavaca Bay to demand that the Biden Administration stop the dredging of the mercury-contaminated Matagorda Ship Channel permitted by… More »
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Texas ‘Find It Fix It’ Initiative: The oil & gas polluter’s other get-out-of-jail-free card

March 27, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Yesterday, I outlined the Texas Audit Act and how it isn’t a replacement for real regulatory oversight in the state. Today, I am going to talk about the Find it Fix it initiative at the TCEQ. Yet another program that… More »
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The Texas Audit Act is a get-of-jail-free card for oil & gas polluters

March 26, 2021 • Jack McDonald
The web of regulations that govern oil and gas operators can be complicated. One of the most complicated aspects of that regulatory apparatus is the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act (the Audit Act). This 1995 law was… More »
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Opposition builds to Texas crude oil export terminal

February 10, 2021 • Lori Glover
Concerned residents and allies flood Biden Administration with tens of thousands of comments opposing new crude oil export projects along the Texas Gulf Coast While the nation held its breath in fear of Covid-19 and a potential Trump coup d’etat… More »