Sign up to receive email updates, action alerts, health tips, promotions to support our work and more from EWG. You can opt-out at any time. [Privacy]

 

Oil & Gas Drilling

 

EWG’s investigations highlight the inherent risks of the current boom in drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations and empower citizens and lawmakers to work for better regulation.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

As the White House and some members of Congress call for more domestic oil and gas drilling, federal and industry data show that the Bush Administration has allowed more drilling on Western federal lands than any Administration in the last 25 year

Read More
Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Bush administration has allowed more oil and gas drilling on Western public lands than any administration in at least 25 years, yet prices for gasoline and natural gas have soared and dependence on foreign energy sources continues to climb, according to federal and industry data analyzed by Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

As Colorado holds hearings on how to protect the state and its residents from the environmental impacts of oil and gas drilling, the Bush Administration announced it will open up the entire top of the pristine Roan Plateau to drilling.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Thursday, December 20, 2007

Environmental Working Group (EWG) is encouraged that Gov. Bill Ritter has called for protecting critical habitat and properly managed oil and gas drilling around Roan Plateau. But the governor must also work with the Bureau of Land Management to find an alternative to drilling on top of the Plateau.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Sunday, December 16, 2007

As Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter prepares to take a stand on federal plans to allow thousands of oil and gas wells on Colorado’s Roan Plateau and surrounding land, an investigation by Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds that drilling permits in the area have already more than doubled since 2004.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Friday, May 25, 2007

Oil and gas drilling in big game habitat on Western public lands has more than doubled in the past decade, pushing sportsmen out of their favorite hunting spots, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis of federal data.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Two former high-level Bush bureaucrats are stepping back through the revolving door to resume their crusade on behalf of industry and against pesky regulations.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, July 13, 2006

The U.S. would reduce oil imports by 20 percent if auto companies met mileage standards using realistic driving tests according to a new analysis by Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Monday, May 1, 2006

Americans in 50 metro areas will pay $83 billion more for gasoline this year at $3 per gallon, compared to the prices they paid in February 2003 — and even more if prices continue to rise as expected, says a new Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis that calculates the increased cost of gasoline per family in the 50 largest metro areas.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Thursday, November 10, 2005

The House of Representatives votes today on a federal spending bill with language from Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) that will let foreign mining companies, real estate speculators, oil and mining conglomerates, or anyone else purchase up to 350 million acres of American taxpayers' lands for as little as $1,000 per acre.

Read More
News Release
Tuesday, November 8, 2005

A little-known provision in the current House budget reconciliation could precipitate one of the largest land giveaways in American history.

Read More
News Release
Thursday, September 1, 2005

Here is a news story you may need to read twice. It's about people on energy company payrolls, consultants whose livelihoods depend on plundering our natural treasures, and who are now charged with screening requests to… plunder our natural treasures. When the Bureau of Land Management gives industry reps a stack of applications and a rubber stamp, it’s not outsourcing – it’s oligarchy.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Congress shot down a scheme to shield oil companies from lawsuits over MTBE water contamination after EWG published documents proving it was the industry's idea to add the suspected carcinogen to gasoline. It's a defeat with major repercussions for politicians like Rep. Joe Barton, who insisted on the bailout for Texas refiners, and Rep. Charlie Bass, whose support could have thrown out a lawsuit by his home state of New Hampshire.

Read More
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, July 21, 2005

For $2 an acre, the Bush Administration has given the rights to drill for oil and gas on New Mexico's Otero Mesa to a company whose White House connections were key to reversing earlier plans to protect much of the area from drilling.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Wednesday, June 15, 2005

As the Senate considers the energy bill, the major issue is energy independence. Industry and administration sources have long argued that the key to breaking our addiction to foreign oil and gas is opening our public lands to more drilling. "We've taken large chunks of the country and put it off limits to any kind of exploration or development," Vice President Cheney told a town meeting in Arkansas last year. "Large parts of the Rocky Mountain West are off limits."

Read More
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, May 4, 2005

A retired oil-industry geologist told a group of conservative Swiss bankers last week that while the world’s supply of oil won’t run out for many years, peak production may come as early as next year, the London Guardian reports.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Despite his continuing demands that Congress send him an energy bill by the summer, President Bush has finally admitted it would take magic to make his drill-happy legislation ease gas prices.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, April 14, 2005

During debate over the energy bill in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday, Representatives Hall, Green, Murphy, Rogers, Pickering, and Committee Chair Barton, among others, voiced their opposition to any restrictions on future oil and gas exploration within the United States. The committee majority shot down a number of minority amendments, including an amendment by Rep. Stupak of Michigan to prohibit directional, slant, or offshore oil and gas drilling on the Great Lakes.

Read More
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, April 14, 2005

Defense and intelligence officials under former presidents Reagan and Bush are joining environmentalists in urging the White House to produce an energy bill that focuses on decreasing American oil consumption, saying the U.S.‘ oil addiction is a growing threat to national security.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

For decades, the oil and gas and mining industries have complained that they are locked out of access to public lands that could free the U.S. from dependence on foreign energy sources. Now the first-ever investigation of 1,855 taxpayer-owned natural treasures in the West reveals the truth: Drilling and mining interests already control land in or near more than two-thirds of national parks, forests and wilderness areas.

Read More
News Release

Pages

Subscribe to Oil & Gas Drilling