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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

“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

Trump races to auction off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling rights before Biden takes office

In what critics are calling a parting gift to the fossil fuel industry, the Trump administration on Tuesday will ask oil and gas companies to choose which areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska—which is the sacred homeland of the Gwich’in Indigenous people—they would like to drill. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The Washington […]

November 19th

As oil drilling expands, CA Gov Newsom pledges to conserve 30% of coastal land by 2030

California Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order making California the first state in the nation to pledge to conserve 30 percent of land and coastal water by 2030, joining 38 countries in that conservation commitment. By Dan Bacher While some environmentalists lauded the order, other public interest groups weren’t impressed, with Food and Water Watch urging the […]

October 8th

It’s time for states that grew rich from oil, gas and coal to figure out what’s next

These are very challenging times for U.S. fossil fuel-producing states, such as Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota. The COVID-19 economic downturn has reduced energy demand, with uncertain prospects for the extent of its recovery. Meanwhile, rising concern about climate change and the declining cost of renewable energy are precipitating a sharp decline in demand for […]

September 28th

Trump plan to open National Forests to oil and gas drilling rebuked as attack on biodiversity and indigenous lands

Defenders of wildlife and biodiversity on Tuesday decried a proposal released by President Donald Trump’s Department of Agriculture that would sharply curtail the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to weigh in on the activities of oil and gas giants in the country’s national forests, opening millions of acres of protected land to drilling operations. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The […]

September 5th

Big oil and coal are in big trouble despite billions in bailouts

Just over a month ago, President Trump claimed victory for saving Big Oil, saying that he ‘created it’ and then he ‘saved it.’ But like many, many claims by the President, this fantasy is false. Despite upwards of $7 billion in taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loans, billions more in tax breaks, and waiving environmental rules by federal agencies that gave corporations […]

September 4th