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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

Indigenous leaders hail Biden’s Chaco Canyon drilling ban as ‘Important first step’

A coalition of Southwestern Indigenous leaders applauded President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland following the announcement of a proposed 20-year fossil fuel drilling ban around the sacred Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico—even as the administration auctioned off tens of millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas extraction. […]

November 28th

Why is Fareed Zakaria part of the effort to portray methane gas as a ‘Natual ally’ for clean energy?

Yale and Harvard graduate Fareed Zakaria is a trusted journalist on CNN, columnist at the Washington Post and editor at the Atlantic. If you wanted to sway the public, he’d be a great person to have in your corner. Unfortunately, he appears to be squarely in the gas industry’s corner, with multiple Washington Post columns […]

November 12th

In drought-stricken CA, oil industry consumed 4.6 billion gallons of fresh water for extraction in just 3 years

The FracTracker Alliance has released a new report on water use by the oil and gas industry in California:… By Dan Bacher “We found that the oil and gas industry consumed over 4.6 billion gallons of freshwater for extraction operations in California during the 3 year period from 2018-2020,” said Kyle Ferrar, author of the report. […]

November 11th

Keep it in the Ground: New multimedia report details unprecedented ‘Permian Climate Bomb’ in Texas

With oil and gas executives looking to increase fossil fuel production in the Permian Basin in the coming years despite the climate crisis, a new multimedia report out Tuesday reveals how a major fracking boom in Texas endangers vulnerable communities from New Mexico to the Gulf Coast—and ultimately poses a threat to life on Earth. By Kenny Stancil […]

October 20th

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

315 elected officials say Gov Newsom must declare climate emergency to save CA water from fracking

The California Chapter of Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA California), a coalition of 315 elected officials from across the state, say it’s time to stop the drilling and production of oil and gas to save our water for needed use as a heat wave is expected to hit on the July Fourth weekend. By […]

July 1st

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

Indigenous and climate activists protest banks funding Line 3 pipeline

From “oil spills” in Washington, D.C. and New York City to a “people mural” in Seattle spelling out “Defund Line 3,” climate and Indigenous protesters in 50 U.S. cities and across seven other countries spanning four continents took to the streets on Friday for a day of action pushing 20 banks to ditch the controversial […]

May 8th

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