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  • Policy Don’t Let the Senate Waste the BLM Methane Rule!

    On February 3, the House of Representatives passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to kill the Methane Waste Rule — a recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) effort to restrict the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands.  A companion resolution is expected soon in

    February 6, 2017 ,
  • Super Pollutants U.S. and Canada Take a Big Step to Phase Down the Use of Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic

    In a joint statement released on December 20, 2016, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau announced numerous initiatives to protect the Arctic including (1) the designation of the vast majority of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas leasing; (2) the launch of new processes to identify sustainable […]

    December 30, 2016
  • News & Media CATF Report on Public Health Impacts of Pollution in Latino Communities

    WASHINGTON, September 28, 2016 – Clean Air Task Force (CATF), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), and Earthworks today released a report and interactive map that demonstrate, for the first time, the specific risks to Latino communities of diseases from airborne pollutants from oil and gas development. The […]

    September 28, 2016
  • Super Pollutants It’s Time to Phase Out Heavy Fuel Oil Use for Shipping in the Arctic

    Today, the Crystal Serenity will make history as the first luxury cruise liner to sail through the remote Northwest Passage.  The ship will depart from Alaska and cruise though the Bering Strait and the Northwest Passage before eventually arriving at its final destination in New York City. While numerous safety concerns have been raised as […]

    August 16, 2016
  • Policy Moving Forward: Final Methane Rule is Progress, But We Still Have Much to Do

    Finally.  After years of information gathering and analysis, EPA recently signed new source performance standards that will address methane and VOC pollution from new and modified sources within the oil and gas sector (“Final Rule”), EPA’s first-ever methane standards.  EPA estimates that this rule is expected to prevent 300,000 short tons of methane pollution and […]

    May 26, 2016
  • Policy Voluntary Methane Reduction Efforts Will Still Fall Short of Methane Reduction Goal

    On March 30th, at a session of the Global Methane Forum in Washington, DC, the EPA launched its Methane Challenge Program to encourage companies to voluntarily reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. This program seeks to build on the work of the EPA Natural Gas STAR Program that has been in existence, […]

    March 31, 2016
  • Policy Another Important Step Forward: BLM Proposes Long-Awaited Waste Rule

    The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) update to its decades-old regulations that address the waste of natural gas on Federally-managed land has been much anticipated. The wait is over—BLM’s proposed rule has finally been published, and there is much to be excited about in the rule. Why is BLM’s proposal […]

    February 11, 2016
  • Super Pollutants First Aliso Canyon, Then the Rest of the Oil and Gas System

    On October 23, 2015 a massive natural gas leak was detected and subsequently demonstrated by infrared camera at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, California.  Over 2,000 residents have been relocated away from the leak and schools in the area have been closed as well. The […]

    January 16, 2016