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Since Congress lifted the crude oil export ban in 2015, US has dropped a climate bomb on the world

After Congress lifted a ban on crude exports in late 2015, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin soared while domestic consumption remained flat—leading to a massive build-out of pipelines and other infrastructure that culminated in the U.S. “flooding global markets” with fossil fuels at the expense of humanity, in general, and vulnerable Gulf Coast communities already […]

December 2nd

Keep it in the Ground: Biden admin oil drilling policy falls short

Climate campaigners and other progressive critics on Friday called out the Biden administration for a new U.S. Interior Department report about leasing public lands and waters to oil and gas companies, slamming its proposals as far too weak given the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The report—prepared in […]

November 29th

Veteran’s Day: How World War I ushered in the century of oil

On July 7, 1919, a group of U.S. military members dedicated Zero Milestone – the point from which all road distances in the country would be measured – just south of the White House lawn in Washington, D.C. The next morning, they helped to define the future of the nation. Brian C. Black, Penn State […]

November 11th

The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it

The investor Warren Buffett once remarked that “only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked”. For the plastics recycling industry, the pandemic was a bit like the tide going out, exposing its deep-rooted structural problems. By Eleni Iacovidou, Brunel University London and Norman Ebner, University of Oxford The Conversation Specifically, […]

October 21st

Resounding climate win as judge blocks new Alaska oil drilling and pipele project

A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out construction permits for a sprawling, multibillion-dollar Alaska oil drilling project that the Trump administration approved and the Biden Interior Department defended in court earlier this year, infuriating Indigenous groups, climate advocates, and scientists. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams  In a 110-page decision (pdf), Judge Sharon Gleason of the U.S. District Court for […]

August 19th

Trinidad Spill: The oil industry continues to contaminate paradise (and nobody does anything)

Fishers and environmentalists expressed outrage this week over what they called the inadequate response by Trinidad and Tobago’s government and one of the country’s leading fossil fuel companies to the latest of hundreds of reported oil spills there in recent years. MAJOR OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF PARIA BETWEEN TRINIDAD 🇹🇹 & VENEZUELA 🇻🇪 click here👉🏽 […]

August 16th

Norwegian ‘People vs. Arctic Oil’ case heads to European Human Rights Court

After repeated rulings from Norwegian courts that the nation’s oil policy does not violate its constitution, six young climate activists and two environmental groups have announced an application for a related case to the European Court of Human Rights. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The activists—ages 20 to 27—along with Young Friends of the Earth Norway […]

June 23rd

Refinery that rained oil shut down by EPA in St. Croix

Less than 48 hours after an EPA employee sent to the Virgin Islands to investigate the Limetree oil refinery told colleagues “there is oil on my windshield,” the agency took the remarkable action to shut down the entire refinery citing an ‘imminent’ threat to human health. By Nexus Media News This is not the first […]

May 18th

A tribal nation made dependent on oil and gas got little relief when the market crashed

Robbed of their land over generations, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes of North Dakota  look to drilling for 90 percent of their tax revenue, leaving them vulnerable to the boom and bust cycle of fossil fuels. By Jeremy Deaton Nexus Media News When the oil boom came to North Dakota around 2008, it also […]

May 3rd

Kern County just fast-tracked 40,000 new oil wells. We’ll see them in court.

It’s back to court for a plan by Kern County to expand oil and gas drilling in the country, the center of oil and gas production in California. As many had expected, environmental and community organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Kern County’s adoption the day before of a controversial ordinance that would fast-track permitting […]

March 12th

Because of course they would: Texas refineries release of hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants during storm

Texas oil refineries released hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide into the air as they scrambled to shut down during last week’s deadly winter storm, Reuters reported Sunday. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams Winter storm Uri, which killed dozens of people and cut off power to over four million Texans […]

February 22nd

SoCal marine protected areas, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta threatened by oil and gas wells

A recent report by Kyle Ferrar of the Fractracker Alliance confirms my extensive reporting on how the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative in Southern California, chaired by Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) President, did little or nothing to protect the marine environment from oil and gas drilling. By Dan Bacher The report also reveals the […]

February 17th

Kern County CA will vote on doubling the number of oil and gas wells

After a pandemic year in which the Gavin Newsom administration doubled the number of new oil production wells in California, the Kern County Planning Commission tonight will vote on a proposed ordinance to allow permitting of more than 67,000 new oil and gas wells over the next 20 years with no additional environmental review. By Dan Bacher “If […]

February 12th

“After 13 Years, Justice!” Dutch court orders Shell Oil to pay for harm done to Nigerian farmers

Global environmental justice campaigners heralded a Dutch court’s ruling Friday that Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary must pay punitive restitution to Nigerian villages for oil spill contamination that brought death, illness, and destruction to Nigerian farmers and communities. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “After 13 years, justice!” tweeted Friends of the Earth Europe. The legal effort seeking accountability for the oil […]

January 31st

California doubles new oil and gas production well permits, misses drilling setback rule

California oil regulators more than doubled the dispensing of permits in 2020 to drill new oil and gas production wells, issuing more than 1,700 in 2020, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance reported in a press release yesterday. By Dan Bacher  “At the same time, the Newsom Administration failed to meet its own New Year’s Eve […]

January 20th