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The Environmental Working Group's hard-hitting energy investigations hold energy producers accountable and point the way toward conservation and cleaner energy. EWG scrutinizes drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil, use of ethanol to power vehicles, wood-burning electricity generation, uranium mining and nuclear power.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A new study has added powerful new support to the growing evidence that deep underground injections of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing or other drilling activity has made some areas of the U.S. vulnerable to tremors triggered by large earthquakes thousands of miles away.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A detailed executive order making water a major national priority and moving the nation to a clean energy future is being submitted today to the White House for the consideration of President Obama.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Amid widespread fears that the boom in “fracking” for natural gas poses a growing array of environmental threats, some members of Congress are making a new effort to reverse a 2005 law that exempted the industry from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

study published last week by a Duke University research team has found new evidence that links hydraulic fracturing for natural gas to elevated methane levels in private water supplies across northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Independent lab tests of a sample taken from a tar sands oil spill earlier this year in Arkansas detected several highly toxic chemicals, according to a new report by Environmental Working Group commissioned by clean energy advocate and philanthropist Tom Steyer.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

As we welcome a new U.S. Secretary of Energy, we want followers of Enviroblog to know more about EWG’s partnership with the Civil Society Institute and our work in the energy field, especially when it comes to grassroots organizing and mobilization. Alarmed by current U.S. energy policy, 60 Americans from grassroots organizations all over the country came together in the spring of 2012 and again in 2013 in Cambridge, Mass., to explore alternatives to the dangerous and misleading course taken by industry and the nation’s political leaders. In days of intense discussion, they came up with the “American Clean Energy Agenda,” nine principles to put us on a course toward truly renewable, non-polluting energy. In this, the first of a series, we focus on Principle 1:

“We must generate the political will to create a sustainable healthy energy future by 2030 by accelerating the phase-out of nuclear power, natural gas, coal and industrial biomass and driving a grand transition to efficient use of renewable, non-polluting resources.”

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Earlier this month, a New York appellate court upheld a lower court ruling that cities and towns in New York state have the right to ban drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. According to news accounts, more than 100 communities in the state have passed bans or moratoriums on the practice.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

 

WASHINGTON – Today Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) reintroduced the bipartisan Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act of 2013 – a bill that Rep. DeGette first introduced in 2008.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

 

As drilling operations for natural gas and oil in the U.S. have expanded into shale and other unconventional underground formations, so has the list of public health threats associated with hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technology developed to extract these resources. 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

 

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is only the latest of a number of commentators who have been advancing the dubious argument that expanding use of natural gas is mitigating climate change. 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bipartisan legislation introduced today to eliminate the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline would pave the way for cleaner biofuels, said Environmental Working Group Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Marking a major victory for efforts to protect the iconic Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River, a U.S. district court judge last week upheld the Obama administration’s moratorium on new mining claims on a million acres surrounding the Canyon.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Growing numbers of Americans have had to contend with the harmful environmental impacts of oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing as energy companies have pushed into shale and other unconventional formations.  Due to glaring loopholes and generous exemptions from federal law that Congress has granted to operators, there are few protective tools available to those whose water and air are threatened by the current drilling boom that features more intensive hydraulic fracturing – the controversial practice also known as fracking.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As drilling for natural gas pushes more and more into shale formations in populated areas, the problem of gas bubbling into drinking water is occurring with increasing frequency. Several homeowners have reported flaming tap water and have feared explosions. The danger is not just a theoretical one: a home in Bainbridge, Ohio, exploded in 2007 because the hydraulic fracturing and cementing of a nearby gas well was done improperly.

 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

For years the federal government wrongly sent millions in taxpayer-funded farm subsidies to dead farmers – a black eye for subsidy defenders and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Now it seems farmers are paying the dead back for all that bad publicity by bulldozing historic prairie cemeteries.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It’s time to face facts: the biofuels mandate Congress established in 2005 is creating too much bad biofuel and not enough good biofuel. This year, that mandate requires American refiners to use 13.8 billion gallons of corn ethanol – more than they can actually blend into their gasoline. By contrast, fuel makers are expected to generate only a little more than 5 million gallons of non-food-based biofuels that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many doubt whether the industry can hit this target.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

A growing number of states – Texas, Montana, Colorado and South Dakota, to name a few – are requiring oil and gas drilling companies to disclose the chemicals they use for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, through FracFocus, an online database partially funded by the drilling industry. 

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Monday, March 4, 2013

In recent years, millions of acres of America’s native grasslands have been plowed under to grow corn for ethanol to blend into gasoline. And new research is clearly pointing to the federal ethanol mandate as a main driver of this tsunami of land conversion in the Midwest.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

President Obama’s selection of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency “is a bold choice that reflects the president’s strong commitment to protecting public health and the environment,” Environmental Working Group (EWG) Executive Director Heather White said today.

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