Tag Archives: pollution

Silicone wristbands assess personal chemical exposure

July 11, 2019

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If you live near well pads or other oil & gas facilities you have no way of knowing what chemicals you and your family members are exposed to on a daily basis. Air quality monitoring is problematical on so many levels, with the biggest drawback being the fact that you can’t lug an air monitor […]

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Medical groups declare climate change a public health threat

June 26, 2019

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Leading medical groups stress that climate change is threatening public health Dozens of the most prominent health organizations in the U.S. have organized to fight climate change by creating a policy agenda declaration that addresses what they call the “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.” On Monday, June 24, over 70 medical and […]

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TEDX podcast: What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 2

June 21, 2019

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The plastic life cycle starts with oil and gas extraction and extends through manufacturing, consumer use, and waste management, with adverse health effects occuring at every stage. The latest TEDX podcast asks What does fracking have to do with plastic? Part 2 Episode 19: Part 2 — David Azoulay, Director of the Environmental Health Program […]

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Report: Still Wasting Away

June 18, 2019

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As Toxic Oil & Gas Waste Streams Increase, Industry Pushes for Even Less Regulation Research suggests volume of fracking waste containing undisclosed chemicals will grow for decades Washington, DC — Today, Earthworks released Still Wasting Away, an investigation of waste from oil and gas drilling and fracking. The report found that major loopholes in waste […]

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TEDX podcast: What does fracking have to do with plastic?

June 11, 2019

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The connection between fossil fuel extraction, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and plastics runs deep. Each hole drilled into the ground brings up toxic chemicals that harm health and the environment at every stage of the process, from the wellhead to the refinery, from consumer goods in our homes to plastic waste that forever pollutes the earth. […]

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Pennsylvania drillers paid millions to settle health claims

June 5, 2019

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The accidental release of a Pennsylvania court document has revealed that last year Range Resources and 10 other companies agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit with three Washington County families. They claimed the gas drilling companies’ activities contaminated their land and water and made them sick, according to a court document obtained […]

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TEDX podcast: How does fracking wastewater threaten our health and the environment?

May 29, 2019

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On April 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told two environmental groups that it had decided it was “not necessary” to update the federal standards handling toxic waste from oil and gas wells, including the waste produced by fracking. State regulators have repeatedly proved unable to prevent the industry’s toxic waste from entering America’s […]

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Community groups call on Polis to halt oil and gas permits

May 13, 2019

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Colorado Rising, WildEarth Guardians, and local environmental community groups notify Polis Administration of necessity to halt oil and gas permitting Public health and safety first: groups say new law requires a pause in fracking during rule making DENVER — Today Colorado Rising, a grassroots, community-led environmental group, and WildEarth Guardians, a western advocacy group enforcing […]

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Jordan Cove still not a thing

May 10, 2019

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This was a bad week for Jordan Cove, which I must remind you is still not a thing. On Monday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a letter denying a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project. The DEQ announced in a press release that Jordan Cove doesn’t meet […]

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EPA refuses to protect public from oil and gas wastes

April 24, 2019

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Agency leaves in place decades-old generic standards that fail to address risks and harms oil and gas wastes WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a lawsuit from environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a decision on Tuesday saying that it will not update rules for the disposal and handling of dangerous oil and […]

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