Below are select, recent articles in the press covering FracTracker Alliance and/or our work.
California governor signs bill to limit gas, oil development
October 15, 2019 – MarketWatch
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. Read more
Will a push for plastics turn Appalachia into next ‘Cancer Alley’?
October 11th, 2019 – The Guardian
Construction cranes climb into the sky and sprawl across the massive petrochemical facility that will turn a byproduct of fracked gas into plastic on the banks of the Ohio River, just outside Pittsburgh.
Even at a distance, from the car park of a cancer treatment centre on a nearby hilltop, Royal Dutch Shell’s 386-acre site is a behemoth. It will anchor yet more gas, plastics and chemicals infrastructure in the tristate region of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Read more
Extinction Rebellion Activists in Sacramento
September 27th, 2019 – CounterPunch
Over 20 activists from the Extinction Rebellion today targeted the offices of the Western State Petroleum Association (WSPA) offices at 1415 L St. at 12 Noon. They sang songs, shouted out chants and briefly blocked the street in front of the WSPA offices just down the street from the State Capitol. There were no arrests. Read more
Ohio firefighters kept in the dark on drilling and fracking chemicals
September 30, 2019 – Energy News Network
Companies injected trade secret chemicals into more than 1,400 wells in the state from 2013 to 2018, a report says.
Ohio firefighters and emergency responders are being kept in the dark about potentially hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Read more
California has gone months with no new fracking permits. But dozens of illegal oil spills are flowing
September 13, 2019 – Desert Sun
California has issued no permits for fracking since late June, according to records reviewed by The Desert Sun and watchdog groups.
But permits for sometimes risky “enhanced recovery” wells and related storage are up nearly 60% in 2019 so far under Gov. Gavin Newsom, compared to Gov. Jerry Brown’s last year in office. Regular oil and gas drilling permits are up 20%. Read more
Environmental groups continue push to investigate link to fracking and childhood cancer
September 12, 2019 – Pittsburgh Action News 4
CANONSBURG, Pa. — Three environmental groups point to published research that link the fracking industry with chronic illnesses and they continue to suspect a deeper concern related to childhood cancer rates.
FracTracker, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health and Center for Coalfield Justice held their most recent community information meeting to create awareness. Read more
‘Outrageous conflicts of interest’: Watchdog groups urge California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fire oil regulators
July 11, 2019 – USA Today
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Two consumer groups are calling on California’s governor to freeze all new oil drilling permits and to clean house at the agency that issues them after the organizations uncovered records showing that top state regulators and engineers held investments in Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP, Valero and other petrochemical giants. Read more
Gov. Gavin Newsom fires top official over fracking permits — but won’t ban the oil wells
“We support the governor’s decision to eliminate the regulators who have these conflicts of interest, so the regulators are able to act in the best interests of the public health of Californians,” Kyle Ferrar of FracTracker Alliance told The Times. Read more
Watchdogs Call For Resignations & Permit Freeze As California Oil Regulators Approve Surge In Well Permits While Personally Invested In Oil Companies
July 11, 2019 – Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles, CA — A review of state conflict of interest forms shows that eight regulators managing the state’s oil and gas well approval and inspection process have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in the oil companies they regulate. One of the regulators is among the top three in command at the State’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). Read more
California’s Biggest Secret? How Big Oil Dominates Public Discourse to Manipulate and Deceive
June 7, 2019 – Counterpunch
On Earth Day 2019, fifteen activists from the Extinction Rebellion carrying brightly colored signs and banners gathered at 12th and L Streets in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento and then marched at 10:30 a.m. to the looming offices of the powerful Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), located at 14th & L Streets. Read More
Appalachian gas storage hub seeks federal clean energy loan guarantee
May 31, 2019 – Energy News Network
Several environmental groups are considering legal options if the Trump administration approves $1.9 billion taxpayer-backed guarantee. Read More
Bill to protect National Monuments from oil and gas drilling passes through California Assembly
May 25, 2019 – Daily Kos
Torrance, CA – Legislation by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) designed to protect National Monuments from the proposal by the Trump administration to open new oil and gas drilling leases on federal public lands in California passed the Assembly Floor on May 22. Read More
Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate
May 15, 2019 – Common Dreams
WASHINGTON – In 2019 alone, the production and incineration of plastic will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—equal to the pollution from 189 new 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants, according to a new report, Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. Read More
Pipeline Incident Statistics Reveal Significant Dangers
January 8, 2019 – NRDC
Oil and gas pipelines in the US are lacking adequate regulation, inspection, and enforcement. As one example, our colleagues at the FracTracker analysis recently published an alarming analysis of fossil fuel pipeline incidents from January, 2010 to November, 2018—almost 9 years. Read More