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ExxonMobil convinced the Obama EPA to allow toxic PFAS precursor chemicals in fracking fluid

The EPA approved dangerous chemicals that break down into PFAS for use in fracking in 2011, according to records obtained by Physicians for Social Responsibility and reported by the New York Times. Despite EPA scientists having identified preliminary evidence that the toxic, carcinogenic, and birth-defect-linked substances could degrade into those ‘forever chemicals’ and persist in […]

July 14th

In big first, California’s oil and gas regulatory agency denies all 21 Aera Energy fracking permit applications

The California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency, today announced it has denied all 21 of Aera Energy’s applications for fracking operations in California, citing risks to public health and safety and environmental quality and climate change under regulatory statutes. By Dan Bacher “This is the first permit denial of this scale for reasons related […]

July 10th

Restoring land around abandoned oil and gas wells would free up millions of acres of forests, farmlands and grasslands

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan proposes to spend US$16 billion plugging old oil and gas wells and cleaning up abandoned mines. But there’s no authoritative measure of how many of these sites exist across the nation. By Matthew D. Moran, Hendrix College The Conversation In a recent study, my colleagues and I sought to account […]

June 24th

House Energy and Commerce Committee passes Methane Congressional Review Act

With its passage out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we are grateful that the Methane Congressional Review Act is one step closer to being enacted, which would enable critical methane leak safeguards to be reinstated. We especially thank Representatives Diana DeGette of Colorado, Scott Peters of California, and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania for […]

California releases broad draft rule to ban fracking by 2024

On Friday, CalGEM, the oil and gas regulatory agency for California, released the first draft of its rulemaking regulations intended to ban fracking by January 1, 2024. The draft includes broad language that allows for the phase out of all “well stimulation” techniques including fracking, acidizing, gravel packing, steam flooding and steam injection, according to Food and […]

May 24th

Fracked gas IS a bridge… to tens of thousands of premature deaths

A new study by researchers at Harvard University confirmed Wednesday that natural gas and wood as energy sources—billed by proponents as “cleaner” alternatives to coal and oil—are a major threat to public health and are responsible for pollution which causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The study, published in […]

May 6th

‘The Climate Emergency is not coming. It is here’: Local officials across US ask Biden to institute a fracking ban

More than 375 local and state elected officials from across the United States sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Congress Tuesday urging national leaders to halt all new fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure projects. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams The letter (pdf), organized by the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, outlined key actions the federal […]

April 17th

Coalition backing California’s SB 467 vows to continue fighting for setbacks, end to dangerous oil drilling

In a follow-up to my article yesterday on the blocking of Senate Bill 467 in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, below my short commentary is a press release from the statewide coalition of environmental, economic, racial justice and public health organizations that supported the bill. By Dan Bacher The coalition today announced […]

April 15th

Three oil-soaked CA Senate Democrats kill key environmental justice bill banning fracking

In a disappointing but not surprising vote, the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water has failed to approve Senate Bill 467, a bill that would begin the process of protecting communities from harmful oil and gas drilling in a state often falsely portrayed as the nation’s “green” and “progressive” leader. By Dan Bacher […]

April 14th

Oil & Gas Scorecard will document industry’s influence on California politics

As an independent investigative journalist exposing oil industry money and power in California, I get excited when any groups make my efforts to reveal Big Oil Deep Regulatory Capture in the so-called “green” and “progressive” state easier. Well, I’m happy to say that a coalition of community groups is releasing a scorecard grading California legislators in advance […]

April 2nd

Senate FINALLY mobilizes the Congressional Review Act to take on Trump’s methane rule

Four members of the Democrat-controlled Senate this week introduced a resolution that would use an “obscure but powerful” federal law to reverse the Trump administration’s weakening of Obama-era rules on fossil fuel companies’ emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) along with Sens. Martin […]

March 29th

Are California oil companies complying with the law? Even regulators often don’t know.

On a breezy February afternoon at the ragged edge of rapidly gentrifying downtown Los Angeles, hipsters walk toy dogs along Pico Boulevard. Around the corner on 14th Street, an actor strikes poses for a photo shoot against murals of sunflowers, diamonds and inspirational sayings. The aging, yellow brick residential Portsmouth Hotel sits among knockoff watch […]

March 26th

House Dems urged to cut fossil fuels and false solutions from CLEAN Future Act

As a U.S. House panel held a hearing Thursday on clean energy legislation introduced earlier this month by key Democrats, more than 300 environmental and justice organizations sent a letter to Congress raising alarm about the role of “false solutions” including fossil fuels, biomass, and nuclear power in the proposal. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Climate […]

March 24th