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Oklahoma drinking water getting trashed by oil and gas injection wells

By Meteor Blades Clean Water Action, a 45-year-old eco-advocacy group that opposes hydraulic fracturing, has released a 16-page report that argues Oklahoma regulators are ignoring risks to underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) from oil and gas wastewater injection wells. The regulators challenge the report’s assertions, but the report says this is occurring because the regulators are […]

April 10th

Trump admin rams through DAPL pipeline approval shockingly fast

With the announcement that the Trump administration is cutting through all the normal procedures and approving the DAPL pipeline, construction could resume tomorrow. By Jeremy Bloom From Indigenous Rising: Today, the Department of Army send a notice of intent to grant the final easement to Dakota Access pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, also known as […]

February 8th

Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Trump putting climate denier in charge of EPA?

By Meteor Blades Back in 2007, Myron Ebell said: “Every interview I do, when I’m asked about scientific issues, I say I’m not a climate scientist. I’m just giving you the informed layman’s perspective.” Too modest by far—then and now. Ebell certainly is not a climate scientist. He is instead a disinformation specialist on global warming, working out of the D.C. offices […]

September 26th

Western States Petroleum Association wins the prestigious “Scummy” Award

by Dan Bacher   The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the lobbying organization for Big Oil in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, received the prestigious “Scummy Award” from the environmental group “Stop Fooling California” (stopfoolingca.org) on June 17 for “fighting for the oil industry’s right to pollute.” In every edition of Stop Fooling California’s “The Crude Truth” newsletter, the […]

June 18th

Paul Ryan’s GOP agenda – dirty air, dirty water, more profits for millionaires

By Meteor Blades While megatons of attention are understandably being paid to Donald Trump’s latest fascist spew, another Republican is laying out an agenda showing anyone who temporarily forgot why it’s not just The Donnie that needs to be defeated come November. Consider the six-part agenda under the rubric of “A Better Way” that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been […]

June 14th

Offshore fracking returns to Cali. Thanks, Obama?

By Dan Bacher Claiming that fracking poses no significant impact to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing  in California’s Santa Barbara Channel. The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the […]

May 28th

Exxon’s shareholders are revolting – but it’s not enough

By R L Miller Yesterday I spoke truth to oil at the Exxon annual shareholders’ meeting in Dallas.  I came from California with a simple message for shareholders. Stop empowering and enabling Exxon with the farce of shareholder resolutions designed to nudge the oil giant into disclosing what it knows about carbon risks. Instead, it’s time […]

May 26th

Fossil fuel dinosaurs need to adapt to the new energy climate or go extinct

By Meteor Blades The three-year-old fossil-fuel divestment movement, initiated by Bill McKibben and other climate activists, has been fairly successful at getting institutions—foundations, municipalities, universities and pension funds—to divest fossil fuels from their stock portfolios. In fact, 509 divesters have shed fossil-fuel investments worth an estimated $3.4 trillion. The latest example is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Although the […]

March 25th

Obama admin reverses course, will NOT open up more offshore drilling

By Meteor Blades Back in January 2015, the Obama administration pleased oil companies and kindled fierce opposition when it announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s five-year plan for offshore oil development off the southeast Atlantic Coast. Tuesday, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced a surprising retreat: “We heard from many corners that now is not the time […]

March 15th

Gas company short-cuts may have caused Porter Ranch methane leak

By Meteor Blades Since October 23, a massive methane leak from a well in an underground natural gas storage field in southern California’s Aliso Canyon near Porter Ranch has spewed 91,625 metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, according to a counter at the website of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). That has the same impact […]

February 3rd

Offshore fracking moratorium off CA coast spurred by lawsuits

By Dan Bacher In one of the biggest environmental conflicts of interest in recent California history, a Big Oil lobbyist led a state panel to create so-called “marine protected areas” in Southern California ocean waters at the very same time that the oil industry was conducting offshore fracking operations in the region. That’s right – […]

January 31st

Porter Ranch leak shows gas is a disaster for California

By Dan Bacher Three groups – Save Porter Ranch, the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch – on Saturday, January 23 released a joint statement accusing the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board (AQMD) of making a decision regarding the SoCalGas Leak that “fails to adequately protect residents” of Porter Ranch and […]

January 25th