July 30, 2016

YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED for New PA Oil and Gas Regulations

View a summary of the new Pennslyvania oil and gas regulations

A five year process has culminated in some significant changes to the rules governing Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. With the approval of chapter 78/78A regulations, drillers will among other things, now have to identify public resources such … Continue reading

New York Denies Critical Permit for Natural Gas Pipeline

Constitution Pipeline Project Halted,
NYS Denies Needed Permit

“The Department of Environmental Conservation said that in addition to its review of Constitution’s application and supporting materials, the agency also considered more than 15,000 public comments before reaching its decision.”
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | APRIL 22, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — … Continue reading

Scientists Find Fracking Contaminated Wyoming Water After EPA Halted Study

Dangerous levels of chemicals found in underground water, while waste was dumped in unlined pits and barriers to protect groundwater were inadequate
The Guardian, April 7, 2016

Two scientists have highlighted dangerous water contamination from a fracking operation in Wyoming, three years after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided … Continue reading

Is the IOGCC, Created by Congress in 1935, Now a Secret Oil and Gas Lobby?

In 1978, the DOJ told Congress IOGCC should be disbanded. It wasn’t. In 2005, the group claimed credit for the Halliburton loophole after ‘years of hard work.’
By Lisa Song, Inside Climate News, April 11, 2016

When Congress severely limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing in … Continue reading

Scientists Slam EPA For “Walking Away” From Fracking Pollution Study

Fracking contaminated underground water reservoirs in Wyoming, finds a study by the former EPA scientist who led a preliminary investigation there in 2011. EPA never followed up that investigation.
By Dan Vergano, BuzzFeed, March 29, 2016

Fracking polluted underground water reservoirs around Pavillion, Wyoming, confirms a study that follows up … Continue reading

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water, EPA Now Concludes

The acknowledgment of instances of fracking-related water contamination marks a notable reversal for the Obama administration
By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News, June 5, 2015

After years of asserting that hydraulic fracturing has never tainted drinking water, the Obama administration issued a long-awaited study of the controversial oil and gas production … Continue reading

Feds Reject Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

FERC rejects terminal and pipeline because the public benefits do not outweigh the adverse effects on landowners
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 11, 2016

Download the FERC decision as a pdf

In a decision that stunned supporters and critics alike, federal regulators Friday rejected plans for a massive liquefied Continue reading

EPA Will Limit Methane from Existing Oil and Gas Facilities

No credible plan to combat climate change can ignore methane emissions
By Casey Coates Danson, Climate Progress, March 10, 2016

The EPA will limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities — a huge move by the federal agency, announced in conjunction with President Obama’s meeting with Canadian Prime … Continue reading

Pipeline Continues New York’s Shame

I spent a recent Sunday in New Milford, Pennsylvania and was reminded of what life is like in a gas field.

I drove on pitted county roads turned into industrial thoroughfares for chemical and waste transport. I spoke with landowners who felt powerless to combat an industry that has claimed … Continue reading

PA Fracking Water Contamination Higher Than Reported

What’s clear is that fracking causes damage to private drinking water wells
By Laurel Peltier, Baltimore Fishbowl, January 28, 2016

The headline flew around the globe like wild fire.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their long-awaited draft fracking drinking water study and concluded: fracking has had no widespread Continue reading