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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 »
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On flaring, the Texas Railroad Commission might be blowing smoke

February 1, 2021 • Jack McDonald
UPDATED FEB 4 Last week Earthworks published an analysis comparing Environmental Defense Fund flyovers of flares against the Texas Railroad Commission’s flaring permit database for those flares observed on Texas General Land Office lands. The results: 75% of observed flares… More »
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Study: 75% of flares on Texas General Land Office lands (state public lands) are unpermitted

January 28, 2021
Endorsing organizations: CENT * Environment Texas * Frontera Water Protectors * Honor the Earth * Jolt Action * Mount Triumph * Seeding Sovereignty * Sierra Club Lonestar Chapter * Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter * Surfrider Foundation * San Antonio… More »
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Flaring Away: How the Texas General Land Office is mismanaging oil & gas leases on state lands

January 28, 2021 • Sharon Wilson, Jack McDonald
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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Coalition opposed to Newman 6 asks El Paso City Councilors to use their power to hold EPE accountable

December 8, 2020 • Border Peace Presence * Chaparral Parents in Action * Chicas De Chuco * Columban Mission Center * Community First Coalition * Earthworks * Eco El Paso * El Chuco Democratic Socialists of America * El Paso Equal Voice Network * El Paso Young Democrats * Frontera Folx for Reproductive Justice * Little Red Sands * March for Our Lives El Paso * New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light * Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project * Pax Christi El Paso * Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter * Sleep, Never * Sunrise El Paso * YDSA
December 8th — Today a coalition of regional and local groups sent a letter to El Paso City Councilors outlining their powers to delay or stop the proposed Newman 6 fracked gas fueled expansion to the Newman Power Plant. The letter urges the… More »
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Community speaks against proposed fracked gas plant at TCEQ public meeting

November 18, 2020 • Earthworks * Chaparral Parents In Action * Eco El Paso * Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter * Sunrise El Paso
Nov 17 — This evening at a public meeting of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), El Paso residents and other impacted residents spoke in opposition to El Paso Electric’s (EPE’s) plan to construct a new 228-megawatt fracked gas power plant at the… More »
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Reject Newman 6 and Choose a Clean Energy Future for the Sun City

November 13, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was authored by Dr. David J. Garcia of Chaparral Parents in Action. My dear friends, my name is Dr. David J. Garcia, I am a resident of Chaparral, New Mexico and a member of the Chaparral Parents in… More »