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Thursday, January 30, 2014

 The departure of environmental and public health champion Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., “will be an enormous loss to anyone who cares about safe drinking water, clean air, food safety and children’s health,” EWG president Ken Cook said today.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

President Obama’s State of the Union message calling for accelerating natural gas production is “a serious threat to our air, land and water,” Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook said today.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline is a small step in the right direction, EWG said in comments submitted to the agency today. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled that a 2013 law put a stop to a lawsuit designed to force the state of California to examine the environmental effects of the highly controversial oil and gas drilling process called fracking.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

A team of scientists using portable methane detectors reported last week that it has detected 5,893 leaks of methane, the main component of natural gas, from gas utility lines in Washington D.C.  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

As a mom of an eight-year-old and a six-year old, I can’t escape Disney. But thankfully, my little princesses haven’t yet been exposed to the company’s pro-fracking campaign, “Rockin’ in Ohio.” 

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Friday, January 10, 2014

State regulators have confirmed more than 100 cases of well water contamination caused by oil and gas drilling over the past five years, an Associated Press investigation found.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bipartisan legislation introduced today that would repeal the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline is a welcome step toward reform of the biofuels program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, EWG Policy Associate Alex Rindler said today.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Congress should reform the federal biofuels program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline and ending corn ethanol’s exemption from important environmental standards, EWG Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber told a Senate panel today.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

Testimony of Scott Faber

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to lower the amount of corn ethanol in gasoline is an acknowledgement that the biofuel blending program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard “isn’t working as designed” and must be reformed EWG Policy Associate Alex Rindler told an EPA panel today.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Diesel fuels contain highly toxic chemicals, one of which is benzene, a known carcinogen.  Even very small concentrations of benzene can contaminate water supplies. If benzene and other toxic chemicals seep into a community’s water, that’s a serious and possibly irreparable problem.  Congress recognized diesel’s extraordinary dangers back in 2005 when it passed the federal Energy Policy Act.  It exempted most oil and gas hydraulic drilling and fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act – but not fracking with diesel. 

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Friday, November 15, 2013

The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources has today issued draft rules that will, for the first time ever, regulate all forms of oil and gas well drilling in the state, including the controversial practices of hydraulic fracturing and acidization. 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower the amount of corn ethanol blended in gasoline in 2014 acknowledges that the Renewable Fuel Standard program is broken.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It is essential to take fully into account the long-term risks and costs to health, environment and communities of all energy resources and to adopt policies based on least cost to consumers and minimal risk.
 

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Last Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a major bill that promises to regulate fracking in California for the first time. But don’t get too excited. Sen. Fran Pavley’s fracking bill, known as S.B. 4, is part big win, part big loss, with an incredible amount of mess thrown in.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Toxic “fracking” fluids that spilled into a Kentucky creek after they were used to drill four natural gas wells were the cause of a major fish kill that included a threatened species, a new federal study has concluded.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The federal requirement to blend nearly 14 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline – more than the system can physically absorb – is slowing the nation’s transition to low carbon fuels, harming the environment and hurting California’s farmers and livestock producers.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 Legislation passed today by California legislators would take important steps toward improving oversight of potentially dangerous methods of drilling for oil or natural gas or stimulating production, but it would give too much leeway to state officials trying to protect the public from the potential environmental and health risks associated with the controversial oil and gas extraction method known as fracking.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Putting “clean coal,” gas, nuclear, and unsustainable biomass under the “clean” umbrella is a triumph of rhetoric over reality. Nowhere does the "Clean Energy Standard" under discussion in Washington set goals for reducing dependence on coal, natural gas or nuclear and increasing reliance on truly clean, renewable energy sources.
 

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