Fossil Fuel Industry News

» Exxon is Telling Investors its Permian Fracking Projects are ‘World Class’. The Data Says Otherwise.
A new report finds that the productivity of ExxonMobil’s wells in the Permian basin declined in 2019, raising “troubling questions about the quality” of its assets.
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
June 10, 2021

» Cleaning Up Methane Pollution From Permian Super Emitters is ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ for the Climate, Study Finds
Experts shine a spotlight on the worst offenders in the Permian basin. The technological fixes are obvious, they say, but state regulators are so far unwilling to act.
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
June 4, 2021

» Here Are America’s Top Methane Emitters. Some Will Surprise You.
Oil and gas giants are selling off their most-polluting operations to small private companies. Most manage to escape public scrutiny.
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
June 2, 2021

» Big Setbacks Propel Oil Giants Toward a ‘Tipping Point’
A surprising mix of environmentalists, pension fund managers and big money investors have scored startling victories against oil and coal, opening new battle fronts in the climate fight.
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times
May 29, 2021

» Engine No. 1’s Big Win Over Exxon Shows Activist Hedge Funds Joining Fight Against Climate Change
“We can’t recall another time that an energy company’s shareholder has been so effective and forceful in showing how a company’s failure to take on climate change has eroded shareholder value.”
By Mark DesJardine, DeSmog Blog | Opinion
May 27, 2021

» Biden officials condemned for backing Trump-era Alaska drilling project
DoJ says decision to approve project in northern Alaska was ‘reasonable and consistent’ and should be allowed to go ahead
By Oliver Milman, The Guardian
May 27, 2021

» Dutch Court Gives Shell Nine Years to Cut Its Carbon Emissions by 45 Percent from 2019 Levels
Plaintiffs in the suit call the first instance of a judge ordering an oil giant to comply with the Paris climate agreement “a turning point in history.”
By Kristoffer Tigue and Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News
May 26, 2021

» New Mexico Stuck With $8 billion in Cleanup for Oil Wells, Highlighting Dangers From Fossil Fuel Dependence
The oil industry boasts that it fills state coffers with revenues from drilling, but a new study finds a serious gap in funding available to tackle the environmental legacy of abandoned wells.
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
May 26, 2021

» How natural gas propaganda made it into elementary classrooms in deep blue America
The incident is the latest example of fossil fuel interests attempting to influence science education in public classrooms.
By Ysabelle Kempe, Grist
May 19, 2021

» Fracking 101: What You Should Know
By EcoWatch
May 11, 2021

» Leaked docs: Gas industry secretly fights electrification
By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News
May 3, 2021

» Eversource’s New CEO Talks Future of Natural Gas
By Emily Hayes, RTO Insider
April 30, 2021

» US Senate votes to reinstate methane rules loosened by Trump
Congressional Democrats move to reinstate regulations designed to limit potent greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields
By Associated Press, in The Guardian
April 29, 2021

» California takes steps to ban fracking by 2024 and will halt oil extraction by 2045
Executive order is a reversal for Governor Gavin Newsom, who faced pressure from environmental groups for previously resisting a ban
By Maanvi Singh, The Guardian
April 23, 2021

» Where Does All The Radioactive Fracking Waste Go?
A year-long investigation finds a major West Texas disposal site with a patchy record is also importing radioactive oilfield waste from abroad.
By Justin Nobel, DeSmog Blog
April 22, 2021

» 101 Nobel Laureates Urge World Leaders to ‘Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground’
“Fossil fuels are the greatest contributor to climate change. Allowing the continued expansion of this industry is unconscionable.”
By Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams
April 21, 2021

» As climate concerns grow, how is it getting cheaper to finance gas in the US?
By Justin Guay, Utility Dive | Opinion
April 20, 2021

» Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks
To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times
April 20, 2021

» Clean crude? Oil firms use offsets to claim green barrels
By Rod Nickel, Timothy Gardner, Nerijus Adomaitis, and Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters
April 16, 2021

» Federal Court Ends Trump Effort to Open 128 Million Acres of Atlantic, Arctic Oceans to Drilling
“As the Biden administration considers its next steps, it should build on these foundations, end fossil fuel leasing on public lands and waters, and embrace a clean energy future.”
By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams
April 14, 2021

» ‘Seismic shift’ at FERC could kill natural gas pipelines
By Arianna Skibell, E&E News
April 13, 2021

» Exclusive: 2020’s Hurricane Zeta Nearly Caused ‘Another Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe’ in Gulf of Mexico
The near-miss raises questions of corporate management in a battered oil industry, how drillers will handle increasingly volatile hurricanes, and federal oversight of the offshore drilling industry nearly 11 years after the Gulf of Mexico was coated in oil.
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
April 5, 2021

» Analysis: Fossil Fuel Tax Programs to Cut Emissions Lead to Lots of Industry Profit, Little Climate Action
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
April 4, 2021

» NAACP Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Uses Deception to Conceal Damage to BIPOC Communities
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
April 2, 2021

» Biden Takes Aim at Reducing Emissions of Super-Polluting Methane Gas, With or Without the Republicans
The president wants to put pipefitters and miners to work capping “orphaned” gas wells as part of his forthcoming $3 trillion infrastructure plan.
By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News
March 29, 2021

» Appalachian Fracking Faces Financial Risks, Report Warns. Hopes for Petrochemical Plastics Boom ‘Unlikely.’
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
March 26, 2021

» US Probe Underway Over Euphemistic ‘Clean Coal’ That Actually Increased Pollution
The outcome of the congressional investigation could influence whether lawmakers vote to renew a multibillion-dollar subsidy, which expires at the end of 2021
By Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams
March 15, 2021

» Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup
As the state tries to reform its relationship to drilling, an expensive task awaits: plugging nearly 60,000 oil and gas wells.
By Nick Bowlin / High Country News, reprinted in Energy News Network
March 12, 2021

» Keeping It All In the Ground?
Exploring legal options for congressional and executive actions to terminate existing fossil fuel leases on federal lands.
By Eric Biber, Legal Planet
March 11, 2021

» The Petroleum Industry May Want a Carbon Tax, but Biden and Republicans are Not Necessarily Fans
The new administration has made clear that its approach to reducing emissions will involve regulation, incentives and other government actions.
By Marianne Lavelle and Judy Fahys, InsideClimate News
March 8, 2021

» Analysis: Some Fracking Companies Are Admitting Shale Was a Bad Bet — Others Are Not
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
March 5, 2021

» Offshore Oil & Gas Projects Set For Record Recovery
By Tsvetana Paraskova, Oil Price
March 5, 2021

» A Furious Industry Backlash Greets Moves by California Cities to Ban Natural Gas in New Construction
Gas bans and restrictions, and the industry pushback, is part of a battle on many fronts over the future of natural gas in homes and businesses.
By Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News
March 5, 2021

» Duke Energy Faces Challenges to Its Push for New Natural Gas Plants
Critics cite flaws in the utility’s analysis of winter peaks and offer up solar, battery and efficiency alternatives.
By Jeff St. John, GreenTech Media
March 4, 2021

» Turning Trash to Natural Gas: Utilities Fight for Their Future Amid Climate Change
A giant landfill in Washington state is producing natural gas from decaying trash. The gas industry is promoting such projects to fend off legislative attempts to spur greater electrification of buildings.
By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times, in InsideClimate News
March 4, 2021

» Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking
EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities’ mental, physical, and social health.
By EHN Staff, Environmental Health News
March 1, 2021

» A Texas city had a bold new climate plan – until a gas company got involved
The fossil fuel industry is using the same playbook to fight city climate plans around the country
By Emily Holden for Floodlight, Amal Ahmed for the Texas Observer and Brendan Gibbons for San Antonio Report, in The Guardian
March 1, 2021

» Analysis: How Exxon Is Being Forced To Accept The Reality Of Bad Fossil Fuel Investments
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
February 26, 2021

» Who will clean up the ‘billion-dollar mess’ of abandoned US oilwells?
As oil companies go out of business, they are leaving a legacy of abandoned wells that leak huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere
By Heather Hansman, The Guardian
February 25, 2021

» Amid lawsuits, Delaware River Basin Commission makes fracking ban permanent
The formal ban came a month after a federal judge set an October trial date to hear a challenge to the drilling moratorium.
By Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 2021

» Fracking Banned in the Delaware River Basin!
Marisa Guerrero Kimberly Ong, NRDC | Blog
February 25, 2021

» The battle over climate change is boiling over on the home front
Municipalities want new buildings to go all electric, spurning gas-fired stoves and heating systems. The gas industry disagrees.
By Steven Mufson, Washington Post
February 23, 2021

» Secretive Treaty allows Big Oil to sue for hundreds of billions to stop fossil fuel phase out
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
February 23, 2021

» Seismic Survey of Alaskan Arctic Refuge Won’t Move Forward
A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed.
By Henry Fountain, New York Times
February 22, 2021

» As Cities Grapple With Climate Change, Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business
By Jeff Brady and Dan Charles, NPR
February 22, 2021

» Deb Haaland Attacked by Fossil Fuel Industry
If Haaland follows through on the actions the oil and gas industry and their allies in Congress are worried about, she will be the most effective Interior Secretary in recent memory.
By Wenonah Hauter, Common Dreams
February 22, 2021

» Fire at Oil and Gas Waste Site Raises Safety Concerns Around Possible Radioactive Accidents
By Justin Nobel, DeSmog Blog
February 18, 2021

» Jerry Jones’ natural gas company ‘hits jackpot’ as Texas freeze drives up prices
Comstock Resources Inc. has been able to sell gas from its Haynesville Shale wells in East Texas and northern Louisiana at premium prices since Thursday.
By Bloomberg Wire, Dallas Morning News
February 17, 2021

» Texas’ natural gas production just froze under pressure
Texas’ natural gas infrastructure was already vulnerable
By Justine Calma, The Verge
February 17, 2021

» ‘No time to waste’: California bill would ban fracking in state by 2027
Proposal is likely to be one of the most contentious fights in the state legislature this year
By The Guardian
February 17, 2021

» Oil companies don’t want to be known for oil anymore
By Emily Pontecorvo, Grist
February 12, 2021

» How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves
And why they’re scared we might break up with their favorite appliance.
By Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones
February 11, 2021

» How to spot the tricks Big Oil uses to subvert action on climate change
Three ways fossil fuel companies try to trick the public.
By Jariel Arvin, Vox
February 1, 2021

» Evidence Shows Oil Industry Flaring in Texas Being Done Without Permits
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
January 29, 2021

» How U.S. Crude Oil Exports Are Hastening the Demise of the Oil Industry
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
January 28, 2021

» Biden’s Pause of New Federal Oil and Gas Leases May Not Reduce Production, but It Signals a Reckoning With Fossil Fuels
Even with the order, most companies can continue their current level of drilling for years. Advocates hope the pause is just a first step toward a complete phase-out.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, Judy Fahys, InsideClimate News
January 27, 2021

» Oil Industry Inflates Job Impact From Biden’s New Pause on Drilling on Federal Lands
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
January 27, 2021

» Biden Sets in Motion Plan to Ban New Oil and Gas Leases on Federal Land
The president will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, and will ask federal agencies to determine the extent of a drilling ban.
By Lisa Friedman, New York Times
January 25, 2021

» Reality ‘Starting to Sink In,’ Says McKibben, After European Investment Bank Chief Admits ‘Gas Is Over’
“There’s nothing clean about gas—it’s not a ‘transition fuel’ or a ‘bridge fuel,’ it’s a dirty fossil fuel just like coal and oil,” said Greenpeace EU. “It’s time to stop bankrolling the #ClimateEmergency and stop public money back gas projects.”
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams
January 21, 2021

» Keystone XL Pipeline Canceled. Here’s What It Means for the Future Fight Against Fossil Fuels
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
January 20, 2021

» Total Quits Fossil Fuel Lobby Group the American Petroleum Institute Over Climate Change
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
January 15, 2021

» Trump auction of oil leases in Arctic refuge attracts barely any bidders
Coastal plain was up for sale as part of the Trump administration’s plan to pay for Republicans’ tax cuts with oil revenue
By Emily Holden, The Guardian
January 6, 2021

» Exxon, under investor pressure, discloses emissions from burning its fuels
By Reuters staff
January 6, 2021

» Investment In Canada’s Oil Industry Set To Grow 12% In 2021
By Tsvetana Paraskova, Oil Price
January 5, 2021

» How The Fracking Revolution Is Killing the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
December 22, 2020

» The Rise and Fall of a Fracking Boom Town: An Oral History
Rock Springs, Wyoming, sits on vast underground stores of natural gas and shale oil. But what was meant to be a blessing turned into a curse.
By J.J. Anselmi, New Republic
December 21, 2020

» China Battles the World’s Biggest Coal Exporter, and Coal Is Losing
China has officially blocked coal imports from Australia after months of vague restrictions. For Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, the decision is a gut punch.
By Damien Cave, New York Times
December 16, 2020

» As oil prices languish, Alberta sees its future in a ‘coal rush’
At least six new or expanded mines could be built as a new conservative provincial government aims to increase coal production for export
By Jeff Gailus, The Guardian
December 15, 2020

» Alaska Drilling Project Squashed By Court Decision Was Touted By Oil-Friendly Former Trump Official
By Ashley Braun, DeSmog Blog
December 10, 2020

» Court Rejects Trump’s Arctic Drilling Proposal in ‘Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate’
By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, in EcoWatch
December 8, 2020

» Downstream Emissions
A new court ruling could doom the Trump Administration’s ANWR plan.
By Dan Farber, Legal Planet
December 8, 2020

» Natural gas venting and flaring in North Dakota and Texas increased in 2019
By Business and Industry Connection
December 8, 2020

» ‘Methane Misinformation’: Report Details Broken Climate Pledges of Oil and Gas Giants
“No amount of spin changes the fact that the oil and gas extraction is wreaking havoc on our communities and our climate.”
By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams
December 8, 2020

» As the Livestock Industry Touts Manure-to-Energy Projects, Environmentalists Cry ‘Greenwashing’
Corporate pork and dairy producers are producing “biogas” to reduce methane emissions. But the actual climate benefits are unclear, and often overstated.
By Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News
December 7, 2020

» Denmark to end new oil and gas exploration in North Sea
Decision as part of plan to phase out fossil fuel extraction by 2050 will put pressure on UK
By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian
December 4, 2020

» This Loophole in New Mexico’s Methane Rules Is a Gift to Big Oil and Gas
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
December 4, 2020

» Offshore Drilling Set To Begin Off Florida Alarms Environmentalists
By Greg Allen, NPR
December 4, 2020

» Administration Schedules Lease Sale for Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Environmental groups blasted the move and warned that petroleum companies bidding on leases will face legal battles “fraught with high costs and reputational risks.”
By Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News
December 3, 2020

» End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and Gas
Congress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.
By Tom Udall and Charles Grassley, New York Times Opinion
December 2, 2020
Senator Udall is a Democrat from New Mexico. Senator Grassley is a Republican from Iowa.

» With Bank of America Announcement, Every Major US Bank Has Ruled out Funding for Arctic Drilling
By Gabby Brown, Sierra Club
November 30, 2020

» How Biden may save U.S. gas exports to Europe
Cleaning up fuel producers’ climate pollution at home could help the industry avoid “a trans-Atlantic green gas war.”
By BEN LEFEBVRE, Politico
November 27, 2020

» Fossil Fuel Industry Feasted on COVID-19 Relief Programs, Report Reveals
By Bret Wilkins, Common Dreams, in EcoWatch
November 24, 2020

» Oil Companies Can’t Find Any Buyers For Refineries Struggling Amid Pandemic Crisis
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
November 23, 2020

» Renewed Lockdowns Threaten More Refinery Closures In Europe
By Tsvetana Paraskova, Oil Price
November 20, 2020

» Trump Administration, in Late Push, Moves to Sell Oil Rights in Arctic Refuge
The lease sales could occur just before Inauguration Day, leaving the administration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to try to reverse them after the fact.
By Henry Fountain, New York Times
November 16, 2020

» San Francisco’s gas ban on new buildings could prompt statewide action
The vote adds San Francisco to the growing list of nearly 40 California cities to pass such ordinances since Berkeley’s historic ban in July 2019.
By Kristin Musulin, Utility Dive
November 12, 2020

» Politicians Try to Rally Support for Coal Despite Economics and Biden Presidential Win
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
November 12, 2020

» Oregon Allows a Controversial Fracked Gas Power Plant to Begin Construction
Having fought the plant for years, environmentalists expressed surprise that the state has greenlighted a major new greenhouse gas polluter.
By Ilana Cohen, Inside Climate News
November 5, 2020

» Shell shutting down Louisiana refinery
By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle
November 5, 2020

» Shell’s climate poll on Twitter backfires spectacularly
Oil giant accused of gaslighting after asking users: ‘What are you willing to change?’
By Damian Carrington, The Guardian
November 3, 2020

» On the horizon: the end of oil and the beginnings of a low-carbon planet
With demand and share prices dropping, Europe’s fossil fuel producers recognise that peak oil is probably now behind them
By The Guardian
November 1, 2020

» Exxon Flags Possible $30B Writedown After Third Straight Loss
By Tsvetana Paraskova, Oil Price
October 30, 2020

» The $16 Million Was Supposed to Clean Up Old Oil Wells; Instead, It’s Going to Frack New Ones
North Dakota, where Covid-19 rates are surging, is redirecting the federal relief money, turning it into grants that will go directly to oil companies.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
October 28, 2020

» Peak Gas Is Coming to the U.S. Sooner Than Anyone Expected
By Naureen Malik, Brian Eckhouse, Dave Merrill and Jeremy C.F. Lin, Bloomberg
October 22, 2020

» Texas Regulators Failing to Act on Pollution Complaints in Permian Oilfields, New Report Finds
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
October 21, 2020

» With Bankruptcies Mounting, Faltering Oil and Gas Firms Are Leaving a Multi-billion Dollar Cleanup Bill to the Public
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 15, 2020

» Airborne radioactivity increases downwind of fracking, study finds
Particles released by drilling could damage the health of nearby residents, say scientists
By Damian Carrington, the Guardian
October 13, 2020

» Exxon and Other US Oil Companies Lag in Responding to ‘Existential Threat’ of Energy Transition, Report Warns
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
October 13, 2020

» Venezuela, Once an Oil Giant, Reaches the End of an Era
Venezuela’s oil reserves, the world’s largest, transformed the country and the global energy market. Now its oil sector is grinding to a halt. Will it ever recover?
By Sheyla Urdaneta, Anatoly Kurmanaev and Isayen Herrera, New York Times
October 7, 2020

» Exxon Plans to Increase Its Climate Pollution
By EcoWatch Climate Nexus
October 6, 2020

» U.S. Public Facing Huge Bill to Clean Up After Oil and Gas Industry
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 4, 2020

» Blood of the Devil
A brief history of oil colonialism in Ecuador, and what happened in the decades leading up to a landmark lawsuit against Texaco in the 1990s.
By Karen Savage and Amy Westervelt, Drilled News
October 2, 2020

» Oil Industry Begins Ad Campaign In Swing States
By Tsvetana Paraskova, Oil Price
October 2, 2020

» Why a Tidal Wave of Climate Lawsuits Looms Over the Fossil Fuel Industry
By Karen Savage, The Climate Docket, in DeSmog Blog
September 28, 2020

» Trump’s Bureau of Land Management Chief Forced Out After Judge Says He’s Serving Unlawfully
By Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch
September 28, 2020

» Exxon Touts Carbon Capture as a Climate Fix, but Uses It to Maximize Profit and Keep Oil Flowing
The company sells the CO2 to other companies that use it to revive depleted oil fields and has relentlessly fought EPA oversight of the practice.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
September 27, 2020

» U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change
While BP and other European companies invest billions in renewable energy, Exxon and Chevron are committed to fossil fuels and betting on moonshots.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
Sept. 21, 2020

» A Dying Industry is Leaving A Deadly Legacy
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
September 18, 2020

» The US Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Problem Is Catching up With It
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
September 16, 2020

» As pipeline projects cancel, future falls into question
By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle
September 15, 2020

» Oil Industry’s Shift to Plastics in Question as Report Warns $400 Billion in Stranded Assets Possible
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
September 14, 2020

» Fossil fuel demand to take historic knock amid COVID-19 scars: BP
By Ron Bousso, Reuters
September 13, 2020

» Delaware Just Sued 30 Fossil Fuel Companies and the American Petroleum Institute Over Climate ‘Denial and Disinformation’
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
September 10, 2020

» Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well.
The industry’s only real source of growth probably won’t grow much.
By David Roberts, Vox
September 4, 2020

» ‘At the Forefront of Climate Change,’ Hoboken, New Jersey, Seeks Damages From ExxonMobil
The city joined a long line of state and local litigants alleging Big Oil knew burning fossil fuels caused climate-related problems like sea level rise.
By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
September 3, 2020

» Hoboken, New Jersey Sues Oil Industry for Climate Impacts From its ‘Deceptive Actions’
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
September 2, 2020

» “Humiliation”: Exxon dumped out Dow Jones Industrial Index after nearly 100 years
Do not underestimate the significance of this moment. Exxon is the oldest member of the influential Index, having joined in 1928.
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
September 1, 2020

» Big Oil’s patchy deals record casts shadow over green makeover
As major oil companies prepare to spend billions on renewable energy assets to stay relevant in a low-carbon future, the industry’s patchy track record on takeovers is a red flag for some investors.
By Ron Bousso, Reuters
September 1, 2020

» Crude oil or cooking oil? For some U.S. refiners, it’s now a choice
By Stephanie Kelly and Laura Sanicola, Reuters
August 27, 2020

» An Oil Giant’s Wall Street Fall: The World is Sending the Industry Signals, but is Exxon Listening?
The company, which dropped off the Dow this week, has remained defiant as the oil market has plummeted and its competitors have begun to shift gears.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
August 26, 2020

» Revealed: how the gas industry is waging war against climate action
In a nationwide blitz, gas companies and their allies fight climate efforts that they consider an existential threat to their business
By Emily Holden, The Guardian
August 20, 2020

» New Jersey Should Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Climate Costs, Panel Says
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
August 19, 2020

» The irony: ConocoPhillips hopes to freeze thawing permafrost to drill more oil
By Shannon Osaka, Grist
August 19, 2020

» Routine Gas Flaring Is Wasteful, Polluting and Under-measured
By Gunnar W. Schade, Texas A&M University, in DeSmog Blog
August 18, 2020

» Europe’s Big Oil Companies Are Turning Electric
Under pressure from governments and investors, industry leaders like BP and Shell are accelerating their production of cleaner energy.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
August 17, 2020

» Big Oil Faces Mounting Legal Battles Over Climate Threats to its New England Oil Terminals
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
August 13, 2020

» BP’s green energy targets will be tough to meet
By Shadia Nasralla and Susanna Twidale, Reuters
August 9, 2020

» The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
August 8, 2020

» Energy Dept. Sued Over Hiding Details of Loan Guarantee for Appalachian Gas Liquids Project
DOE refuses to release documents that could shine light on how a massive petrochemical storage facility would be eligible for a nearly $2 billion loan guarantee under a clean energy program
By Food and Water Watch – press release
August 6, 2020

» Exxon: 20 Percent Of Global Oil And Gas Reserves May Be Wiped Out
By Julianne Geiger, oilprice.com
August 5, 2020

» Oil Change International response to BP’s new commitment to major cuts in extraction by 2030
By Kelly Trout, Oil Change International – press release
August 4, 2020

» BP Reports a Huge Loss and Vows to Increase Renewable Investment
The European oil giant has plans for a future with more electrical generation.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
August 4, 2020

» We have entered the “end game” for oil — with “permanent demand destruction”
What the industry denied for years, that its assets have become liabilities, has become a reality.
By Andy Rowell, Oil Price International – blog post
July 30, 2020

» As Trump Leaves Permian Oilfield, Industry Insiders Question If 2020 Bust Marks Texas Oil’s Last Big Boom
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
July 30, 2020

» Regardless of COVID, the outlook for the oilsands gets dimmer year after year
The pandemic has cost the industry billions, but in the long term, it has bigger challenges
By Kyle Bakx, CBC News
July 29, 2020

» Fossil fuel “fraud” regarding climate risks is a “ticking time bomb” to financial system
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
July 27, 2020

» ‘It’s Past Time’: Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Bernie Sanders Unveil Bill To Strip Fossil Fuel Funding
The legislation aims to cut off oil, gas and coal companies reaping billions from federal COVID-19 relief and annual subsidies.
By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffpost
July 24, 2020

» Great American Outdoors Act Passes House With Bipartisan Support
By Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch
July 23, 2020

» Kinder Morgan posts financial loss as virus-related demand drop hits pipeline volumes
By Harry Weber, S&P Global
July 22, 2020

» Fossil Fuel Advocates’ New Tactic: Calling Opposition to Arctic Drilling ‘Racist’
Some say oil and gas exploration is essential as a source of jobs and revenue for Alaska Native communities, but activists argue it is simply exploitation.
By Ilana Cohen, InsideClimate News
July 21, 2020

» Trump finalizes rule ‘slashing’ environmental permitting reviews for wind, pipeline projects
By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive
July 16, 2020

» Report: Push for Renewable Natural Gas Is More Gas Industry ‘Greenwashing’
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
July 14, 2020

» Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears
Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup cost left to taxpayers.
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
July 12, 2020

» Beginning of the End for New Oil and Gas Pipelines?
On this week’s Political Climate, we discuss recent pipeline-project setbacks against the backdrop of President Trump’s multiyear effort to expand oil and gas development.
By Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media – podcast
July 9, 2020

» Is This the End of New Pipelines?
Defeats at three projects reflect increasingly sophisticated legal challenges, shifting economics and growing demands by states to fight climate change.
By Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer, New York Times
July 8, 2020

» This federal permit used to fast-track pipelines. Now it’s threatening them.
By Emily Pontecorvo, Grist
July 8, 2020

» Grim Day for Pipelines Shows They’re Almost Impossible to Build
By Rachel Adams-Heard and Ellen M. Gilmer, Bloomberg, via Yahoo Finance
July 6, 2020

» “Gas is over-supplied, over-hyped, and out of time”
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
July 2, 2020

» BP and Shell Write-Off Billions in Assets, Citing Covid-19 and Climate Change
The moves were seen as a possible turning point as plummeting demand makes big oil companies admit they’re not worth what they used to be.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
July 2, 2020

» Fossil Fuel Lobby Is Targeting the State Senate’s Climate Bill
Mike Barrett represents the towns of Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Weston, large parts of Lexington and Sudbury
By State Senator Mike Barrett, Patch
June 29, 2020

» Oil and gas coloring books teach kids safety, fossil fuel dependence
By Kate Yoder, Grist
June 29, 2020

» Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ and TALI ARBEL, Associated Press
June 28, 2020, Associated Press

» With U.S. shale peaking & having “never made money,” investors lose billions
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
June 26, 2020

» Report slams drilling oversight, tells of fracking’s impact
By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
June 26, 2020

» State AG Shapiro: Grand jury report reveals Pa.’s systemic failure to regulate shale gas industry
By Don Hopey and Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 25, 2020

» Both Minnesota and D.C. sue Big Oil for “campaign of deception” over climate change
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
June 25, 2020

» D.C. Is Taking Big Oil to Court for Deceiving Consumers About Climate Change
By Amy Westervelt, Drilled News
Thursday, June 25, 2020

» Alleging Consumer Fraud, Minnesota Sues Exxon, Koch, and API for Climate Change Deception
By Amy Westervelt, Drilled News
June 24, 2020

» Fossil Fuel Companies and Their Supporters Ask Supreme Court to Intervene in Climate Lawsuits
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
June 23, 2020

» Support grows for taxpayer-funded oil well cleanup as an economic stimulus
Democrats leading the push say their plan has no real downside, while critics say it gives the industry a pass.
By Mark Olalde, Energy News Network
June 23, 2020

» The gas industry is paying Instagram influencers to gush over gas stoves
By Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones, in Grist
June 19, 2020

» Texas could tighten some natural gas flaring rules by fall
By Jennifer Hiller, Reuters
June 16, 2020

» For Decades, the Oil and Gas Industry Got Taxpayer Help from the Fracking Production Tax Credit
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
June 16, 2020

» “Historic moment” as BP writes-off billions of reserves as stranded assets
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
June 16, 2020

» BP Prepares for a Future That Needs Less Oil
The energy giant said its oil and gas assets were worth less, a move reflecting broad changes in the industry.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
June 15, 2020

» From Hurricane Maria to COVID, Gas Lobbyist-turned-Trump Energy Lawyer Uses Crises as ‘Opportunity’
By Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog
June 14, 2020

» Report: Oil bust is catching up to pipeline companies
By Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle
June 11, 2020

» Chesapeake Energy, a Fracking Pioneer, Is Reeling
The company, which has said it could file for bankruptcy protection, helped turn the U.S. into a gas exporter but became known for an illegal scheme to suppress the price of oil and gas leases.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
June 9, 2020

» Report names the banks financing destructive oil projects in the Amazon
By Maurício Angelo, Mongabay
June 9, 2020

» Is BP Really Changing? Or Is Its New Climate Message Just “Beyond Petroleum” All Over Again?
By Amy Westervelt, Drilled News
June 6, 2020

» Pandemic exposes cracks in oil majors’ bet on plastic
By Joe Brock, Reuters
June 4, 2020

» Coronavirus crisis could cause $25tn fossil fuel industry collapse
Value of reserves could fall by two-thirds as Covid-19 hastens peak in demand, study shows
By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian
June 3, 2020

» Ailing Oil Companies Get a Pass on Royalties
Federal public lands managers bypassed normal processes to provide pandemic relief, according to documents obtained by High Country News.
By Nick Bowlin, High Country News, in Drilled News
May 27, 2020

» Coronavirus widens climate rift between European and U.S. oil majors
By Ron Bousso and Shadia Nasralla, Reuters
May 18, 2020

» Long-suffering Canadian oilpatch faces ‘biggest existential crisis’ yet
By Jeff Lewis and Rod Nickel, Reuters
May 11, 2020

» Natural Gas Exports Slow as Pandemic Reduces Global Demand
Businesses in the United States, Israel and other countries were planning to invest billions in export terminals. Now, those projects are being canceled or delayed.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
May 11, 2020

» Oil chaos: Why is it so hard to cut production?
By Mike Lee and Carlos Anchondo, E&E News
May 6, 2020

» ‘This Feels Very Different’
For over a decade, the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico has been the epicenter of the American oil boom. Now, it’s the epicenter of its demise.
By Tamir Kalifa and Clifford Krauss, New York Times
May 1, 2020

» From Supermajors to Superminors: the fall of Big Oil
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
May 1, 2020

» Judge Vacates Oil and Gas Leases on 145,000 Acres in Montana
A federal judge, rapping the Trump administration for its weak environmental assessments, has vacated hundreds of oil and gas leases across a large swath of Montana.
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
May 1, 2020

» Revealed: US fossil fuel companies handed at least $50m in coronavirus aid
Oil and mining firms – some with ties to Trump officials – taking advantage of funding meant for small businesses, review shows
By Emily Holden, The Guardian
May 1, 2020

» As BP’s profits plunge, analysts say we are entering the “end-game” for oil
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
April 29, 2020

» New Satellite Data Reveals Dangerous Methane Emissions in Permian Region
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
April 25, 2020

» Satellite images reveal huge amounts of methane leaking from U.S. oil fields
By Jeff Berardelli, CBS News
April 25, 2020

» What the Negative Price of Oil Is Telling Us
We’re in a deflationary moment that surpasses anything seen in most people’s lifetimes.
By Neil Irwin, New York Times
April 21, 2020

» Coronavirus stimulus money will be wasted on fossil fuels
Oil and gas companies were already facing structural problems before Covid-19 and are in long-term decline.
By David Roberts, Vox.com
April 20, 2020

» Oil prices dip below zero as producers forced to pay to dispose of excess
By Jillian Ambrose and Martin Farrer, the Guardian
April 20, 2020

» As Oil Prices Fall Below $0 Per Barrel, Climate Advocates Urge Against Fossil Fuel Industry Bailout
“The oil price collapse creates a historic opening: a public buyout of the fossil fuel sector to enact a managed decline of extraction and ensure a just transition for workers and communities.”
By Julia Conley, Common Dreams
April 20, 2020

» Demand For Oil Has Plummeted, But Industry Keeps Building New Infrastructure Anyway
Oil and gas companies are constructing pipelines and wells amid the pandemic, risking workers’ lives and depleting personal protective gear.
By Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, Huffington Post
April 20, 2020

» Public Ownership of Fossil Fuels a Potential Solution to Multiple Crises, Says New Report
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
April 17, 2020

» Fed’s Corporate Debt-Buying Could Mean Billion-Dollar Big Oil Bailout
By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams in EcoWatch
April 16, 2020

» Oil prices slump as market faces lowest demand in 25 years
World energy watchdog forecast comes amid global attempt to contain Covid-19
Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian
April 15, 2020

» Discussion Paper: The Case for Public Ownership of the Fossil Fuel Industry
By Collin Rees, Oil Change International
April 14, 2020

» Big Banks Pull Financing, Prepare To Seize Assets From Collapsing Oil and Gas Industry
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
April 13, 2020

» Oil Nations, Prodded by Trump, Reach Deal to Slash Production
The deal will reduce output by 9.7 million barrels a day. While significant, the cut falls far short of what is needed to bring oil production in line with demand.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
April 12, 2020

» As Russia and Saudi Arabia Retreat, U.S. Oil Industry Avoids the Worst
Job losses and bankruptcies appear certain, but a deal among producers may put a floor under prices for now.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
April 11, 2020

» Coronavirus May Kill Our Fracking Fever Dream
America’s energy independence was an illusion created by cheap debt. All that’s left to tally is the damage.
By Bethany McLean, New York Times Opinion
April 10, 2020

» Baltimore, Rhode Island Argue They’re Suing Fossil Fuel Companies Over Climate Deception
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
April 10, 2020

» Trump Admin Bypasses Congress, Offers Backup Storage to Boost Troubled Oil Industry
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
April 9, 2020

» In Alaska’s North, Covid-19 Has Not Stopped the Trump Administration’s Quest to Drill for Oil
The president’s plans for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may fall flat. But a massive ConocoPhillips project is moving full speed ahead.
By Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News
April 8, 2020

» Alberta’s $5.3 Billion Backing of Keystone XL Signals Vulnerability of Canadian Oil
The province’ announcement comes after the private sector has shown little appetite for a pipeline project critical to the country’s tar sands industry.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
Apr 6, 2020

» The Oil War in the Permian May Not Have Any Winners
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
April 3, 2020

» Under Cover of Pandemic, Fossil Fuel Interests Unleash Lobbying Frenzy
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
April 2, 2020

» Under new law, Oregon utilities hope to prove potential of renewable natural gas
The state’s largest gas utility plans to invest $30 million a year in a bid to replace 5% of fossil gas by 2024.
By Lee van der Voo, Energy News Network; Photo: ZehnKatzen / Wikimedia Commons
April 2, 2020

» Industry Infighting as Oil and Gas Seek Government Help
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
April 1, 2020

» Oil Companies on Tumbling Prices: ‘Disastrous, Devastating’
The use of gasoline and other fuels is dropping as Saudi Arabia and Russia increase production, sending oil prices to their lowest level in a generation.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
March 31, 2020

» Fracking Once Lifted Pennsylvania. Now It Could Be a Drag.
Natural-gas companies operating in the state were looking shaky before the coronavirus hit. Local economies are now at risk.
By Peter Eavis, New York Times
March 31, 2020

» Oil Refineries Face Shutdowns as Demand Collapses
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
March 30, 2020

» Big Oil is cheap: Should the government take it over?
The bottom is falling out of the fossil fuel industry. The best way to ensure a transition away from oil that helps the people currently employed in the sector might be having the government—not the market—manage it.
By Adele Peters, Fast Company
March 27, 2020

» Trump’s Move to Suspend Enforcement of Environmental Laws is a Lifeline to the Oil Industry
The American Petroleum Institute sought the EPA’s help for companies hurt by COVID-19. One former EPA official called the suspension “an open license to pollute.”
By By Marianne Lavelle, Phil McKenna, David Hasemyer, Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
March 27, 2020

» Exxon May Crush Bailout Hopes for Suffering Fracking Companies
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
March 27, 2020

» A Gusher of Oil and Fewer Places to Put It
A chaotic mismatch between the supply and demand for oil is saturating the world’s ability to store it all.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
March 26, 2020

» Breaking: Rights of Nature Law Forces Pennsylvania to Revoke Industry Permit
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection enforces local Grant Township law in revoking permit for dangerous frack waste injection well
By CELDF, Press Release
March 25, 2020

» Coal-fired power plants finding new uses as data centers, clean energy hubs
Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network
March 23, 2020

» Unthinkable becomes thinkable as US shale industry ponders production cuts
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International – Blog Post   
March 23, 2020

» North Dakota’s Carbon Capture Project Tundra Another “Expensive Greenwashing” Attempt to Bail Out Coal Power
By Laura Peterson, DeSmog Blog
March 21, 2020

» American Oil Drillers Were Hanging On by a Thread. Then Came the Virus.
Energy companies were major issuers of junk bonds to finance expansion. But now they are in trouble as capital has dried up and oil prices have cratered.
By Matt Phillips and Clifford Krauss, New York Times
March 20, 2020

» Exxon Loses Jurisdiction Fight in Massachusetts Climate Suit
By Erik Larson, Bloomberg Green
March 17, 2020

» In Senate Hearing, Economic Experts Warn Climate Crisis Could Spur Financial Crash Like 2008
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
March 12, 2020

» The Future of Exxon and the Permian’s Flaring Crisis
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
March 11, 2020

» The Loopholes Lurking in BP’s New Climate Aims
By Emily Bugden and Kelly Trout, Oil Change International, Blog Post
March 11, 2020

» Stock Market Turmoil Undermines Claimed Energy Dominance Benefits of US Shale Drilling
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
March 9, 2020

» Saudi Oil Price Cut Is a Market Shock With Wide Tremors
Oil producers in the United States and other nations brace for lower revenue, reduced investment and job losses as a global glut is compounded.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
March 9, 2020

» How a Saudi-Russian Standoff Sent Oil Markets Into a Frenzy
Moscow refused to accept production cuts to offset the effect of the coronavirus outbreak. Now Saudi Arabia is trying an alternative: inflicting pain.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
March 9, 2020

» As Dow falls by 2,000 points, White House calls on Wall Street executives
Wall Street executives are to meet with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss the response to the outbreak.
By Lucy Bayly, NBC News
March 9, 2020

» Oil Prices, Stocks Plunge After Saudi Arabia Stuns World With Massive Discounts
By Avie Schneider, Camila Domonoske, NPR Morning Edition
March 8, 2020

» ‘Expensive and underperforming’: energy audit finds gas power running well below capacity
Report challenges justification for [Australia] government underwriting of up to five new gas-fired generators
By Adam Morton, the Guardian
March 7, 2020

» Is the U.S. Fracking Boom Based on Fraud?
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
March 5, 2020

» OPEC Proposes a Large Cut in Oil Output
The cartel wants to take 1.5 million barrels a day off the market as the coronavirus outbreak curbs demand. But the assent of Russia and others is needed.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
March 5, 2020

» BP’s Net-Zero Pledge: A Sign of a Growing Divide Between European and U.S. Oil Companies? Or Another Marketing Ploy?
Analysts say European companies are under greater social and governmental pressure to address climate change and reduce emissions. Environmentalists are skeptical.
By Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News
February 29, 2020

» Goldman Sachs Refuses to Finance Drilling in the Arctic
The bank is the first in the US to make this commitment
By Chloe Zilliac, Sierra Magazine
February 26, 2020

» Momentum Builds to Monitor Cancer Alley Air Pollution in Real Time After Exxon Refinery Fire in Louisiana
By Julie Dermansky, DeSmog Blog
February 24, 2020

» Canada Oil-Sands Plan Collapses Over Politics and Economics
A developer has abandoned a nine-year effort to extend mining, sparing Justin Trudeau a choice between energy interests and environmental concerns.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
February 24, 2020

» Mining Company’s Decision Lets Trudeau Off Hook, But Doesn’t Resolve Canada’s Climate Debate
While the cancellation of the tar sands mine, planned for Alberta, was a victory for activists, low oil prices meant the project was unlikely to move forward.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
February 24, 2020

» Canadian mining giant withdraws plans for C$20bn tar sands project
Teck Resources’ surprise decision drew outrage from politicians in oil-rich Alberta and cheers from environmental groups
By Guardian staff and agencies, The Guardian
February 24, 2020

» To Many’s Dismay, Permian Produces More Gas and Condensate Instead of Oil and Profits
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
February 21, 2020

» EU Plans to Measure True Climate Impacts of LNG Imports From US Fracked Gas
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
February 12, 2020

» Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel
By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times
February 12, 2020

» Report Attacks Industry Campaign to Fix Natural Gas’s Climate PR Problem
By Dana Drugmand, DeSmog Blog
February 9, 2020

» Shale Gas Swamps Asia, Pushing LNG Prices to Record Lows
The idling of factories in China due to coronavirus quarantines is weighing on prices already pressured by other bearish factors
By The Wall Street Journal
February 7, 2020

» Saudi-Russian Alliance Is Strained as Coronavirus Saps Demand for Oil
OPEC is still trying to forge an agreement on new output cuts to sop up an oil glut.
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
February 7, 2020

» Trump Opens National Monument Land to Energy Exploration
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
February 6, 2020

» Government Agency Warns Global Oil Industry Is on the Brink of a Meltdown
We are not running out of oil, but it’s becoming uneconomical to exploit it—another reason we need to move to renewables as quickly as possible.
By Nafeez Ahmed, Vice
February 4, 2020

» Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez bill would outlaw fracking by 2025
By Rachel Frazin, The Hill
February 3, 2020

» Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
February 3, 2020

» The Hunt for Fugitive Emissions in the Permian’s Oilfields
By Julie Dermansky, DeSmog Blog
January 30, 2020

» Birth defects, cancer and disease among potential health risks from fracking for Canadians, doctors warn
By Kieran Leavitt, The Star
January 29, 2020

» ‘Like Handing Out Blankets Affected With Smallpox’: US Called to End Oil Exports to Thwart Climate Crisis
By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, in DeSmog Blog
January 28, 2020

» The Hidden Danger Of Radioactive Oil And Gas Wastewater
Because oil and gas waste is exempt from hazardous waste regulations, the trucks that carry it are unmarked and free to travel near schools and reservoirs.
By Terri Langford, Texas Standard
January 27, 2020

» ‘We can’t live like this’: residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick
A community in Pennsylvania says clay-colored water appeared during a drilling mud spill, but the pipeline company insists it’s not to blame
By Nina Lakhani, The Guardian
January 27, 2020

» 5 Reasons Many See Trump’s Free Trade Deal as a Triumph for Fossil Fuels
The USMCA is a cornucopia of free-trade provisions for oil and gas companies. One environmentalist calls it “a climate failure any way you look at it.”
By Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News
January 24, 2020

» This Problem With Fracked Oil and Gas Wells Is Occurring ‘at an Alarming Rate’
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
January 23, 2020

» 1982 American Petroleum Institute Report Warned Oil Workers Faced ‘Significant’ Risks from Radioactivity
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
January 22, 2020

» America’s Radioactive Secret
Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America
By Justin Nobel, Rolling Stone Magazine
January 21, 2020

» A surge of new plastic production is on the way
By Beth Gardiner, Yale Environment 360 via GreenBiz
January 17, 2020

» U.S. Energy Industry Looks for Clarity in China Trade Deal
Oil and gas companies may see an export revival from the accord, but they seek commitments that tariffs will be dropped.
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
January 15, 2020

» 2020 outlook: Natural gas faces regulatory, environmental scrutiny but still wants role in carbon-free grid
By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive
January 15, 2020

» Editorial: Vir. gas pipeline ruling reverberates in Bay State
Greenfield Recorder Editorial
January 14, 2020

» BlackRock C.E.O. Larry Fink: Climate Crisis Will Reshape Finance
In his influential annual letter to chief executives, Mr. Fink said his firm would avoid investments in companies that “present a high sustainability-related risk.”
By Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times
January 14, 2020

» Emails Reveal U.S. Justice Dept. Working Closely with Oil Industry to Oppose Climate Lawsuits
DOJ attorneys describe working with industry lawyers as a ‘team,’ raising questions about whether government was representing the American people.
By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
January 13, 2020

» Australia’s Fires Test Its Winning Growth Formula
The country’s vulnerable environment and growing dependence on China have raised questions about the sustainability of its economic success.
By Keith Bradsher and Isabella Kwai, New York Times
January 13, 2020

» Natural Gas Provided False Promise, Deception — Severe Health Problems From “Natural” Gas
By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica
January 12th, 2020

» Report: Oil & Gas Industry Set To Release An Extra 220 Million Tons Of Greenhouse Gases By 2025
That’s about as much as 50 large coal plants, according to the Environmental Integrity Project.
By Katie Watkins, Houston Public Media
January 8, 2020

» 2020: A Year of Pipeline Court Fights, with One Lawsuit Headed to the Supreme Court
Several cases challenge natural gas pipeline routes, including across the Appalachian Trail, and question companies’ right to take land they don’t own.
By Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News
January 3, 2020

» When U.S. Emissions Dropped, Mortality Dropped Dramatically
By Jeff McMahon,  Forbes
December 30, 2019

» Once a booming industry, natural gas is in midst of a bust
Rick Shrum, Observer-Reporter
December 29, 2019

» How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled
By Joan Meiners, The Times-Picayune and The Advocate
December 27, 2019

» As Fracking Companies Face Bankruptcy, US Regulators Enable Firms to Duck Cleanup Costs
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
December 20, 2019

» While Talking up Climate Action, Oil Majors Eye Argentina’s Shale Reserves
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
December 19, 2019

» Call for climate disaster levy to be funded by Australia’s fossil fuel industry
A new plan to make companies producing fossil fuels foot the bill for the escalating costs of natural disasters in Australia has been welcomed by some New South Wales mayors who say people in their communities are paying the price of devastating bushfires.
By Peggy Giakoumelos, SBS News
December 18, 2019     

» Energy Analysts Deliver More Bad News for US Fracking Industry’s Business Model
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
December 17, 2019

» A Methane Leak, Seen From Space, Proves to Be Far Larger Than Thought
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
December 16, 2019

» These Cities Want to Ban Natural Gas. But Would It Be Legal?
Cambridge, Massachusetts, got a surprise warning as it considered a natural gas ban to reduce its climate impact.
By Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News
December 12, 2019

» Argentina Wants a Fracking Boom. The US Offers a Cautionary Tale
By Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog
December 12, 2019

» New York Loses Climate Change Fraud Case Against Exxon Mobil
By John Schwartz, New York Times
December 10, 2019

» How Aramco’s Huge I.P.O. Fell Short of Saudi Prince’s Wish
As investors balked, some bankers and Saudi officials still hoped to achieve the crown prince’s target price of $2 trillion. They wound up settling for less.
By Kate Kelly and Stanley Reed, New York Times
December 6, 2019

» Overpowered: Eyeing zero-carbon grid, California seeks a gas exit strategy
By Author Garrett Hering, S&P Global
December 6, 2019

» Overpowered: Hailing renewables, NextEra bet big on gas in Florida
By Author Michael CopleyAnna DuquiatanCiaralou Palicpic, S&P Global
December 5, 2019

» Natural gas drives record emissions in 2019, more
By Michelle Lewis, Electrek Green Energy Brief
December 5th 2019

» The False Promise of Natural Gas
By  Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Brita E. Lundberg, M.D.
New England Journal of Medicine
December 4, 2019

» Overpowered: In Virginia, Dominion faces challenges to its reign
By Darren SweeneyRichard MartinKrizka Danielle Del RosarioCiaralou PalicpicJose Miguel Fidel Javier, S&P Global
December 4, 2019

» Overpowered: PJM market rules drive an era of oversupply
By Stephanie TsaoRichard Martin, S&P Global
December 3, 2019

» Overpowered: Why a US gas-building spree continues despite electricity glut
This is the first of a five-part series exploring oversupply in the power sector and the factors driving a glut of natural gas-fired power plants.
By  Stephanie Tsao & Richard Martin, S&P Global
December 2, 2019

» Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today
Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry’s role in global warming.
By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
November 29, 2019

» Fight or Switch? How the Low-carbon Transition Is Disrupting Fossil Fuel Politics
By Cara Daggett, Virginia Tech, in DeSmog Blog
November 29, 2019

» U.S. Suspends More Oil and Gas Leases Over What Could Be a Widespread Problem
Fossil Fuel leases totaling hundreds of thousands of acres have been suspended as courts rule against the BLM for ignoring climate impact.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News
November 17, 2019

» Creating a New Market for Coal in the Push to Mine ‘Critical Minerals’ for National Security
By Laura Peterson, DeSmog Blog
November 15, 2019

» As New York Takes Exxon to Court, Big Oil’s Strategy Against Climate Lawsuits Is Slowly Unveiled
By Dan Zegart, DeSmog Blog
November 8, 2019

» Chesapeake Energy’s Stock Falls Below $1 But Driller Plans to Spend Over $1 Billion on More Fracking
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
November 6, 2019

» Saudi Aramco IPO: the ultimate marriage between carbon and capitalism
A firm with the biggest carbon footprint seeks cash to grow just as the fight against climate change needs it to shrink
By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
November 3, 2019

» Rachel Maddow Takes on the Oil Industry
Book review by Fareed Zakaria, New York TImes
October 30, 2019

» Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
October 29, 2019

» Massachusetts Sues ExxonMobil For Climate Disinformation, Greenwashing
By Brendan DeMelle, DeSmog Blog
October 24, 2019

» Will the Public End up Paying to Clean up the Fracking Boom?
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 18, 2019

» Saudi Arabia’s $2 Trillion Climate Wreckage Sale
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
October 16, 2019

» Will the Fracking Revolution Peak Before Ever Making Money?
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 3, 2019

» Mossmorran flaring: Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell
By Angie Brown BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter
October 3, 2019

» Whistle-blower Reveals Flawed Construction at North Dakota Gas Plants Where Massive Spill Was Downplayed
By Justin Nobel, DeSmog Blog
October 1, 2019

» US Shale Production Is Set For A Steep Decline
By Nick Cunningham, oilprice.com
October 1, 2019

» The Stranded Asset Threat to Natural Gas
This week on The Interchange podcast: Is natural gas the new coal?
By Stephen Lacey, GreenTech Media
September 27, 2019

» Oil Giants, Under Fire From Climate Activists and Investors, Mount a Defense
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
September 23, 2019

» Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns
What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries moved away from fossil fuels?
By Bill McKibben, New Yorker
September 17, 2019

» Cheap Renewables Could Make 90% of Proposed Gas Power Plants — and Many Pipelines — Obsolete by 2035
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
September 13, 2019

» Renewables, storage poised to undercut natural gas prices, increase stranded assets: RMI
If all proposed gas plants are built, 70% of those investments will be rendered uneconomic by 2035, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute.
By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive
September 11, 2019

» The next target in the climate-change debate: your gas stove
By Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom, Reuters
September 9, 2019

» New Oil Projects Won’t Pay Off If World Meets Paris Climate Goals, Report Shows
Not a single tar sands project is likely to pay back investors under a 2°C global warming scenario, Carbon Tracker found.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
September 6, 2019

» US EPA Proposes Rule Narrowing States’ Ability to Block Pipeline Projects
The National Law Review
Friday, August 30, 2019

» 2020 Looks Like the Breakout Year for Building Decarbonization in California
Policymakers are coalescing around electrification as the solution for squeezing carbon out of buildings. Is the market ready?
By Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media
August 23, 2019

» Air Monitoring Reveals Troubling Benzene Spikes Officials Don’t Fully Understand
Residents in South Portland, Maine, packed a meeting to find out about the noxious fumes fouling the air they breathe. The news, one official said, was bad.
By Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News
August 23, 2019

» Western Coal Takes Another Hit as Appeals Court Rules Against Export Terminal
Western coal states want an export terminal on the Columbia River. Washington state has concerns about the company and its environmental and climate impact.
By Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News
August 23, 2019

» Did North Dakota Regulators Hide an Oil and Gas Industry Spill Larger Than Exxon Valdez?
By Justin Nobel, Desmog Blog
August 19, 2019

» How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades
By Somini Sengupta, Jacqueline Williams and Aruna Chandrasekhar
August 15, 2019

» Fracking causing rise in methane emissions, study finds
Researchers say boom in shale oil and gas major contributor to climate emergency
By Jillian Ambrose, the Guardian
August 14, 2019

» Adani Beware: Coal Is on the Road to Becoming Completely Uninsurable
By Guest John Quiggin, Professor at the School of Economics at The University of Queensland, DeSmog Blog
August 13, 2019

» ‘Coal is over’: the miners rooting for the Green New Deal
Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty
By Michael Sainato, The Guardian
August 12, 2019

» EPA moves to streamline permitting for power plant expansions, gas pipelines
By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive
August 12, 2019

» Kinder Morgan ordered to pay Hill Country landowner nearly $250,000 in property damages
By Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle
August 8, 2019

» Explosions in Three States Highlight Dangers of Aging Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
August 6, 2019

» How this Southern Tier group is trying to work around New York’s fracking ban
Jeff Platsky, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
August 2, 2019

» World’s Largest Fund Manager Loses $90 Billion Betting on Fossil Fuels & Climate Chaos
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International – Blog Post
August 2, 2019

» The Fracking Industry Is in Debt. Retirement Funds Are Helping Bail It Out.
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog
July 31, 2019

» U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do
By Nick Cunningham, Oilpriice.com
July 21, 2019

» Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows
By Julia Conley, Common Dream
July 19, 2019

» Study from CU Anschutz researchers suggests link between oil and gas density, child heart defects
Industry claims researchers’ science is “misleading”
By Jennifer Kovaleski , Blair Miller, Denver Channel 7
July 18, 2019

» Disputed ground: The future of landfill gas-to-energy
Gas capture at landfills creates electricity and revenue, but also has economic and environmental disadvantages.
By Max Witynski, Utility Dive
July 15, 2019

» How Germany closed its coal industry without sacking a single miner
By Nick O’Malley, Sydney Morning Herald
July 14, 2019

» OPEC head: Climate activists are the ‘greatest threat’ to oil industry
By Miyo McGinn, Grist
July 5, 2019

» More Signs That Natural Gas Can’t Compete With Renewables on Cost
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
July 5, 2019

» America’s liquefied natural gas boom may be on a collision course with climate change
By Matt Egan, CNN Business
July 1, 2019

» The New Gas Boom
TRACKING GLOBAL LNG INFRASTRUCTURE
By Ted Nace, Lydia Plante, and James Browning, Global Energy Monitor
June, 2019

» Limpert: Pipeline coating is dangerous
By William Limpert, Editorial, Roanoke Times
June 30, 2019

» U.S. Oil Companies Find Energy Independence Isn’t So Profitable
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
June 30, 2019

» GE gas plant to close 20 years early, become battery storage site — sign of the times?
By Phil Dzikiy, Electrek
June 24, 2019

» Shale Pioneer: Fracking is an “Unmitigated Disaster”
By Nick Cunningham, Oil Price
June 24, 2019

» Former Shale Gas CEO Says Fracking Revolution Has Been ‘A Disaster’ For Drillers, Investors
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
June 23, 2019

» U.S. Natural Gas Prices Have Collapsed
By Jude Clemente, Forbes
June 23, 2019

» ‘This Pipeline Will Not Be Built,’ Indigenous and Climate Leaders Tell Trudeau After Canada Approves Trans Mountain Expansion
The federal government’s decision on the dirty energy project came just a day after the House of Commons voted to declare a climate emergency
By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams
June 19, 2019

» On Monday, Canada declared a ‘climate emergency.’ On Tuesday, it approved a pipeline expansion.
By Emily Rauhala, Washington Post
June 18, 2019

» Australia, in a Victory for Coal, Clears the Way for a Disputed Mine
By Somini Sengupta
June 13, 2019

» Norway Wealth Fund To Dump Fossil Fuel Stocks Worth Billions In Environmental Move
By David Nikel, Forbes
June 12, 2019

» GE ‘badly’ misjudged the clean energy transition, costing investors almost $193B: IEFFA
Robert Walton, Utility Dive
June 7, 2019

» Debunking the fracked gas fairy tale
Fuel is as dirty as coal and extremely dangerous
By Emily Norton, CommonWealth Magazine Opinion
June 5, 2019
Emily North is the Newton Ward 2 city councilor.

» Trump Admin’s Latest Rail Safety Rollback Sets up Industry to Make Its Own Rules
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
May 30, 2019

» Natural gas gets a Trump-friendly rebrand as ‘freedom gas’
By Kate Yoder, Grist
May 30, 2019

» US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as ‘molecules of freedom’
By Luke O’Neil, the Guardian
May 29, 2019

» Renewable Energy Costs Take Another Tumble, Making Fossil Fuels Look More Expensive Than Ever
By Dominic Dudley, Forbes
May 29, 2019

» Aftershocks expected to follow magnitude 4.4 quake near Medford, three disposal wells shuttered
Staff Reporter, Tulsa World News
May 19, 2019

» Trump Likes Fossil Fuels. Investors Don’t.
Shares of sustainable-energy companies are soaring. Oil, gas and coal? Not so much.
By Matthew A. Winkler, Bloomberg Opinion
May 15, 2019

» After Standing Rock, protesting pipelines can get you a decade in prison and $100K in fines
By Naveena Sadasivam, the Grist
May 14, 2019

» Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending
The world would be richer and healthier if the full costs of fossil fuels were paid, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund
By Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone
May 8, 2019

» Britain sets record of 7 days without coal power as renewables surge
By Joe Romm, ThinkProgress.org
May 8, 2019

» Top regulator to work for firm with ties to compressor proposal
By Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger
May 2, 2019

» After Approving Enbridge Permit, Massachusetts’ Environment Secretary Lands Job with Project’s Contractor
By Itai Vardi , DeSmog Blog
April 30, 2019

» America’s renewable energy set to surpass coal for the first month ever
By Matt Egan, CNN Business
April 29, 2019

» New research links fracking to earthquakes in central, eastern U.S.
In states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, hydraulic fracturing wells are more common than wastewater injections.
By Brooks Hays, UPI
April 26, 2019

» Interior Dept. Delays Its Plan to Open U.S. Coastline to Drilling
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
April 25, 2019

» Trump energy orders to target development snags
By Argus Media
April 9, 2019

» Global energy demand sees biggest increase this decade, with gas the fuel of choice: IEA
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
April 9, 2019

» Trump to announce new executive orders to speed up pipeline construction
By Miranda Green, The Hill
April 8, 2019

» New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says
By Barbara Moran, WBUR
April 1, 2019

» Trump’s Order to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling Was Unlawful, Federal Judge Finds
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
March 30, 2019

» State Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest of Oil & Gas “Critical Infrastructure”
By Connor Gibson for Greenpeace USA
March 25, 2019

» Pulling the Plug on Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies
By Bart Hawkins Kreps, originally published by An Outside Chance; Resilience.org
March 25, 2019

» Majority of coal plants are uneconomic to nearby wind, solar, report finds
By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive
March 25, 2019

» Global Banks, Led by JPMorgan Chase, Invested $1.9 Trillion in Fossil Fuels Since Paris Climate Pact
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
March 20, 2019

» US Government Knew Climate Risks in 1970s, National Petroleum Council Documents Show
By Kaitlin Sullivan, Climate Liability News, in DeSmog Blog
March 19, 2019

» “Shockwaves” as Norway’s $1Trill wealth fund plans to disinvest from upstream oil
By Andy Rowell, Oil Change International
March 8, 2019

» China Experiences a Fracking Boom, and All the Problems That Go With It
By Steven Lee Myers, New York Times
March 8, 2019

» Pipeline Safety Act Deters New Safety Regulations On Natural Gas Pipelines
By Craig LeMoult, National Public Radio
March 7, 2019

» Anti-pipeline group questions HG&E moratorium decision
By GRETA JOCHEM, Staff Writer, Daily Hampshire Gazette
February 26, 2019

» Frackers Face Harsh Reality as Wall Street Backs Away
By Bradley Olson and Rebecca Elliott, Wall Street Journal
February 24, 2019

» The Inevitable Death of Natural Gas as a ‘Bridge Fuel’
By Justin Mikulka, Desmog Blog
February 22, 2019

» Holyoke Gas & Electric imposes moratorium on new natural gas service
By GRETA JOCHEM, Staff Writer, Daily Hampshire Gazette
February 20, 2019

» In bitter cold, gas barge off Massachusetts helped keep down New England energy prices
By Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant
February 19, 2019

» The Latest Propaganda Push From Pro-Pipeline Front Group GAIN
Guest Post By Climate Denier Roundup, DeSmog Blog
February 15, 2019

» Calling Natural Gas a ‘Bridge Fuel’ is Alarmingly Deceptive
There’s a reason the methane industry deliberately avoids acknowledging everything before combustion.
By Tarika Powell, Sightline Institute
February 12, 2019

» Recent Gas System Failures remind us that Gas Isn’t Cheap
By Eugenia Gibbons & Kai Salem, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, Blog
February 6, 2019

» DOE fossil head: New US coal plants ‘quite possible’
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
January 29, 2019

» The Vanishing Need for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Growing Risk That the Pipeline Will Not Be Able to Recover Costs From Ratepayers
By Lorne Stockman, Oil Change International
January 29, 2019

» Germany Lays Out a Path to Quit Coal by 2038
By Melissa Eddy, New York Times
January 26, 2019

» How This Oil Refiners Group Rallied GOP Governors’ Support for Trump’s Rollback of Auto Standards
By Ben Jervey, DeSmog Blog
January 25, 2019

» Trump Eyes Action to Limit States’ Powers to Block Pipelines
By Ari Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg
January 24, 2019

» U.S. energy protests pack an economic punch
By The Oklahoman Editorial Board
January 20, 2019

» Manchin’s focus on pipelines may equal his love of coal
By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter
January 18, 2019

» ‘Unlayering’ peak demand could accelerate energy storage adoption
A new approach to the peaker-storage debate could help energy storage better meet peak demand and lower emissions.
By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive
January 15, 2019

» Warning: A ‘Shrinking Window’ of Usable Groundwater — and the Oil and Gas Industry Isn’t Helping
By Tara Lohan, DeSmog Blog
January 12, 2019

» Fracked Shale Oil Wells Drying Up Faster than Predicted, Wall Street Journal Finds
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
January 10, 2019

» Delays Persist In Federal Natural Gas Safety Regulations
By Craig LeMoult, WGBH Public Radio
January 10, 2019

» Pennsylvania commits to 26% GHG reductions amid federal inaction, US emissions increase
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
January 9, 2019

» This Powder Could Cheaply Capture Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
Researchers have developed a powder to extract carbon dioxide from power plant emissions.
Marlene Cimons, Nexus Media
January 8, 2019

» After three years of decline, carbon emissions rose sharply in the US in 2018
By Kevin Flower, CNN
January 8, 2019

» U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Block Exxon Climate Fraud Investigation
Massachusetts’ attorney general is trying to force Exxon to turn over decades of records involving what it knew about climate change and what it told the public.
By David Hasemyer, Inside Climate News
January 7, 2019

» As plant retirements stack up, federal efforts to help coal industry grow more urgent
Tax credits, research funding and loan guarantees have been discussed.
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
January 2, 2019

» 2018: The Year of Day Zero and the Mega-Drought
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
December 26, 2018

» The U.S. is helping the natural gas industry make a profit — at the expense of the environment
The U.S. government has become a pitchman for the natural gas industry. That could raise profits — and temperatures.
By Jie Jenny Zou, Center for Public Integrity
December 12, 2018

» Louisiana Offers Fossil Fuel Exporter ‘Single Largest’ Local Tax Giveaway in American History
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
December 20, 2018

» Massachusetts imposes gas safety protocols on National Grid following overpressurization incident
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
December 20, 2018

» Department of Public Utilities Requires National Grid to Adopt Strict New Safety Standards for Natural Gas Work
For immediate release:
By Department of Public Utilities
December 19, 2018

» ‘Disaster’ has Gov. seeking LNG changes
By Colin A. Young, Sentinel & Enterprise, State House News Service
December 19, 2018

» Governor Baker, it’s time to hold gas utilities accountable
By Ayanna Pressley, Darlene Lombos and Jessica Tang, Boston Globe Opinion
December 18, 2018

» Oil Prices Plummet 7% on Fears of a Glut
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
December 18, 2018

» Zinke’s Likely Successor Is a Former Oil Lobbyist Who Has Influenced Trump’s Energy Policy
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
December 15, 2018

» The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
December 13, 2018

» The U.S. is helping the natural gas industry make a profit — at the expense of the environment
By Jie Jenny Zou, Center for Public Integrity, Texas Tribune
December 12, 2018

» In first, Virginia regulators reject Dominion Integrated Resource Plan
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
December 10 2018

» Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
December 6, 2018

» 2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, Tensions Remain But Oil Business Booms
By Jeff Brady, NPR
November 29, 2018

» Obama on U.S. energy boom: ‘That was me, people’
Edward Klump, E&E News
November 28, 2018

» The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times
November 24, 2018

» What’s Happening to the Price of Oil?
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
November 20, 2018

» Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Strengthen Natural Gas Safety Procedures
Proposal Would Require Approval of Professional Engineer for Gas Infrastructure Work
Press Release
November 20, 2018

» It’s now cheaper to build a new wind farm than to keep a coal plant running
By Irina Ivanova, CBS News
November 16, 2018

» Report: 90% of Pipeline Blasts Draw No Financial Penalties
By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
November 16, 2018

» West Clarksville couple wins eminent domain appeal on Northern Access Pipeline
By Rick Miller, Olean Times Herald
November 15, 2018

» No penalties for 90% of pipeline blasts
By Mike Soraghan, E&E News reporter Energywire
November 15, 2018

» Storage will replace 3 California gas plants as PG&E nabs approval for world’s largest batteries
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
November 9, 2018

» Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country
A carbon tax, limits on fracking, a renewable energy standard — all defeated.
By David Roberts, Vox.com
November 7, 2018

» Gas Companies Face Californian Wipe-out, Say S&P, Moody’s
By Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News, reprinted in DeSmog Blog
November 2, 2018

» Coal Can’t Compete With Cheaper Alternatives and the Industry’s True Costs Are Higher Than They Appear
By Daniel Cohan, Rice University, in DeSmog Blog
November 1, 2018

» The Affordable Clean Energy Rule Would Be Neither Affordable Nor Clean
By Nat Logar, Legal Planet
October 31, 2018

» Peak Shale: Is the US Fracking Industry Already in Decline?
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 30, 2018

» Latest footage from Ohio & PA shows: We need protections from oil & gas pollution
By Leann Leiter, Earthworks
October 29, 2018

» Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands
The administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights and rolling back regulations, raising environmental concerns in states like Wyoming.
By Eric Lipton and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York TImes
October 27, 2018

» Why Canadian Tar Sands Oil May Be Doomed
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 25, 2018

» New York Sues Exxon Mobil, Saying It Deceived Shareholders on Climate Change
By John Schwartz, New York Times
October 24, 2018

» Fracking in Lancashire halted by earth tremor
BBC NEWS
October 24, 2018

» In Colorado, a Bitter Battle Over Oil, Gas and the Environment Comes to a Head
By Julie Turkewitz and Clifford Krauss, New York Times
October 23, 2018

» EPA Weighs Allowing Oil Companies to Pump Wastewater Into Rivers, Streams
By James Osborne, The Houston Chronicle, in rsn.com
October, 18, 2018

» Oil-by-Rail Rises Once Again as Safety Rules Disappear
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 17, 2018

» U.S. eyes military bases for coal, natural gas exports
By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press, on WITF News
October 15, 2018

» US Oil Exports Are Exceeding Almost All Predictions—Thanks to Fracking
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 15, 2018

» Massachusetts Gas Explosions Draw Scrutiny of Natural Gas Safety and Climate Risks
By Guest Contributor Dan Zukowski, DeSmog Blog
October 10, 2018

» The Oil Industry Is Enjoying a Boom, but Will it Last?
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
October 8, 2018

» GOP senators ask EPA to block states that have ‘hijacked’ rule to stop fossil fuel production
By Miranda Green, The Hill
October 5, 2018

» Trump likely to make pipeline push next year, aide says
By Timothy Cama, The Hill
October 4, 2018

» Fossil fuel on last legs: Lovins
By Sarah Rundell, Top 1000 Funds
October 2, 2018

» Why Californians Are Worried About the Trans Mountain Pipeline
By guest writer James Wilt, DeSmog Blog (originally posted in The Narwhal)
October 1, 2018

» Coal Ash Was a Disaster in North Carolina Well Before Hurricane Florence — And Now It’s Even Worse
By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club
October 1, 2018

» Washington Rolls Back Safety Rules Inspired by Deepwater Horizon Disaster
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
September 27, 2018

» US Northeast natgas pipeline project costs rise
Costs to build natural gas pipeline projects in the US northeast are rising on increased regulatory scrutiny and unexpected delays, a trend that could have a chilling effect on major infrastructure development in the region.
By Argus Media
September 21, 2018

» The Fracking Industry’s Water Nightmare
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
September 18, 2018

» Natural gas industry faces new test after Merrimack Valley fires
By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe
September 14, 2018

» Massachusetts Can Legally Limit CO2 Emissions from Power Plants, Court Rules
By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News
September 6, 2018

» Unexpected outages, intense heat behind ISO-NE Labor Day price spike
Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
Sept. 6, 2018

» Electricity generation drives need for natural gas demand response
A handful of utilities are using natural gas demand response to balance their deliveries, and a pair of reports suggest greater potential
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
September 5, 2018

» The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Underground
Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing.
By Bethany McLean, New York Times Editorial
September 1, 2018

» Shocking Study Shows Fracking Is Depleting US Drinking Water Sources at a Catastrophic Rate
A Duke University study says the fracking industry is sucking up the nation’s drinkable water and replacing it with toxic waste.
By John Vibes via Free Thought Project
August 26, 2018

» EPA’s new ACE rule is a coal lifeline ‘disguised as a GHG regulation,’ critics say
Changes to the EPA’s New Source Review process could allow coal plants to stay open longer — if operators choose them over cleaner technologies.
Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
August 22, 2018

» Betting Utah Sands Will Be the Next Great Oil Source
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
August 21, 2018

» Exclusive: Shell Took 16 Years To Warn Shareholders of Climate Risks, Despite Knowing in Private All Along
By Chloe Farand and Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
August 20, 2018

» EHP study: Setback distances for unconventional oil and gas development: Delphi study results
By Celia Lewis, Lydia H. Greiner, David R. Brown
August 16, 2018

» Keystone XL Pipeline Hit with New Delay: Judge Orders Environmental Review
The Trump administration has been trying to rewrite two laws at the heart of the oil pipeline ruling: NEPA and the Endangered Species Act.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
August 16, 2018

» Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 Percent More Toxic Wastewater
By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post
August 15, 2018

» ‘The Biggest Climate Story No One Is Talking About’
By Brad Plumer, Kendra Pierre-Louis and Tryggvi Adalbjornsson, New York Times
August 15, 2018

» Don’t Let U.S. LNG Exports Become Casualty Of Tariff Policy
By Mark Green, Energy Tomorrow Blog, BreakingEnergy.com
August 15, 2018

» DNC Will Take Fossil Fuel Money After All
By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – reposted on DeSmog Blog,
August 14, 2018

» All the Battles Being Waged Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Are Following a Single Strategy
By Guest Author Luis Hestres, DeSmog Blog
August 14, 2018

» The Fracking Industry Is Cannibalizing Its Own Production, Increasing Spill Risks
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
August 10, 2018

» EIA: U.S. Oil Production Growth Is Slowing
By Nick Cunningham, Oilprice.com
August 09, 2018

» Report: FERC working with White House, NSC on coal and nuclear bailout
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
August 9, 2018

» See the Scars That Oil Exploration Cut Across Alaska’s Wilderness
By Henry Fountain, New York Times
August 3, 2018

» Newly Elected President of Mexico, Lopez Obrador, Vows to Ban Fracking
By Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog
August 1, 2018

» Natural Gas Demand Response and Non-Pipes Solutions as Alternatives to Pipeline Expansion
By Navigant Research (White Paper Abstract)
2018

» Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, June 2018
Natural gas prices up 8%, weather-normalized demand down 2% from June 2017
ISO Newswire

July 27, 2018
More info: Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, June 2017  ISO Newswire, July 21, 2017
Natural gas prices up 6.8%, weather-normalized demand down 4.1% from June 2016

» Local Activists Put a Cork in Dangerous Gas Storage Proposal in New York’s Wine Country
After a wave of public opposition, New York State regulators have denied a proposal for a gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region.
By Jessica A. Knoblauch, EarthJustice
July 27, 2018

» Settlement reached in Petrobras’ Texas refinery emissions case
By Reuters Staff, Reuters
July 26, 2018

» Trump Says Europe Will Buy More American Gas. Is That Possible?
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
July 26, 2018

» Baltimore Sues 26 Fossil Fuels Companies Over Climate Change
The city’s waterfront revitalization has become a model for urban development, but sea level rise and extreme weather are putting its future at risk.
By David Hasemyer and Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News
July 20, 2018

» The Big Apple Loses to Big Oil as Judge Dismisses Climate Liability Suit
By Guest Author, DeSmog Blog
July 20, 2018

» When Corporations Take Credit for Green Deeds, Their Lobbying May Tell Another Story
By Guest Writers Tom Lyon and Magali (Maggie) Delmas, DeSmog
July 17, 2018

» Comment: The Fracked North has Already been Written Off as ‘Desolate’, Don’t let it Become Dehydrated Too
By John Hobson, chair of campaign group Defend Lytham, DeSmogUK
July 17, 2018

» It’s Time to Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas Pipelines
We can’t trust the administration to do the right thing, so we need to convince investors to take their money elsewhere
By Tracey Osborne and Remington Franklin, Scientific American
July 12, 2018

» Ireland Moves to Divest From Fossil Fuels
A bill passed in the lower house of Parliament was a victory for the global divestment movement.
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times
July 12, 2018

» IEEFA report: Fund trustees face growing fiduciary pressure to divest from fossil fuels
Oil, gas, and coal industries are seen as ‘increasingly speculative;’ Sector will continue to be weighed down by lackluster rewards and daunting risks; A ‘proper financial response’ is due
Press Release, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
July 10, 2018

» Electric Vehicle Sales Foretell a Big Oil Crash
By Paul Brown, DeSmog Blog – Originally posted on Climate News Network
July 7, 2018

» Derailed Oil Train Spills 230,000 Gallons of Tar Sands in Flooded Iowa River
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog
June 25, 2018

» Building pipeline support, one chicken, lamb and goat at a time
From the “when you can’t sell a project on its merits” file. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on “community outreach” projects of pipeline companies.
By Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle
July 4, 2018

» Judge Dismisses Suit Against Oil Companies Over Climate Change Costs
By John Schwartz, New York Times
June 25, 2018

» Shell has Admitted Climate Change Could Effect the Company’s Bottom Line
By Mike Small, DeSmog UK
June 25, 2018

» Some Rare Good Climate News: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Weaker Than Ever
By Bill McKibben, Grist – in RSN
June 24, 2018

» How gas and oil companies are starting to look like the Yellow Pages (remember those?)
By Kathy Hipple, Energy Post
June 15, 2018

» Why It Matters If Fracking Companies Are Overestimating Their ‘Proved’ Oil and Gas Reserves
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
June 14, 2018

» United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia Find Agreement on Oil Policy
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
June 13, 2018

» Court again saves towns from Legislature
By The Editorial Board, The Times-Tribune (PA)
June 12, 2018

» DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations
The move is a step toward purging oil, gas and coal industry influence on the Democratic Party’s climate policies.
By Alexander C. Kaufman, HuffPost
June 12, 2018

» End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds
As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.
By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
June 11, 2018

» Fracking is damned by international tribunal
By Rob Edwards, The Herald (Scotland)
June 10, 2018

» The Resource Curse of Appalachia
By Eliza Griswold, New York Times Opinion
June 9, 2018

» An Oil Auction Provides Brazil a Needed Boost
By Vinod Sreeharsha, New York Times
June 7, 2018

» Shell Knew About Climate Migration 40 Years Ago. This is What it Told the Public
By Chloe Farand, DeSmog UK
June 6, 2018

» State legislators ask feds to support ethane storage hub in Pennsylvania
Stephen Huba, TribLIVE.com
June 5, 2018

» Reliance on fossil fuels could cause global economic crisis within decades
By Sami Grover, Treehugger
June 5, 2018

» ‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns
By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent, The Guardian
June 4, 2018

» UK Worst of G7 Countries for ‘Hiding’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies — Report
By Chloe Farand, DeSmog UK
June 4, 2018

» Bailing Out the Coal Industry Will Hurt Consumers
By Jeff Nesbit, New York Times Opinion
June 4, 2018

» Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants
By Brad Plumer, New York Times
June 1, 2018

» Breathtaking Power Grab: Trump Orders Uneconomical Coal and Nuclear Plants Not to Close, Lays Plans for Taxpayers to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Industry
Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program
June 1, 2018

» Trump Prepares Lifeline for Money-Losing Coal Plants
By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg
May 31, 2018, Updated on June 1, 2018

» In Colorado, a Fracking Boom and a Population Explosion Collide
By Julie Turkewitz, New York Times
May 31, 2018

» Why natural gas’ reign may come to a quick end
By Michael Donohue, Utility Dive (Opinion)
May 31, 2018

» Say Hello to Justin Trudeau, the World’s Newest Oil Executive
By Bill McKibben, Guardian UK
May 30, 2018

» No LNG in PVD! demands representation for Environmental Justice communities on the CRMC
Steve Ahlquist, Uprise RI
May 30, 2018

» How the fossil fuel industry drums up grassroots support
By Greta Jochem, Grist.org
May 29, 2018

» Halliburton and Saudi Aramco Reach Deal to Increase Gas Output
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
May 28, 2018

» Private Equity’s Big Bet on Cheap Gas-Fired Plants Has Gone Awry
By Naureen S Malik and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg
May 23, 2018

» Maintaining America’s Fleet Of Coal And Nuclear Plants Is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY For Energy Security
Keith J. Rothfus and David B. McKinley (Members, US House of Representatives), The Daily Caller Op-Ed
May 23, 2018

» US shale-based LNG gushes into Asia
Japan follows South Korea, China and India in signing long-term contracts
By YASUO TAKEUCHI and RYOSUKE HANAFUSA, Nikkei Asian Review
May 22, 2018

» Spurred by Hotter Weather, Natural Gas Futures Rally Sharply
By Jeremiah Shelor, Natural Gas Intel
May 22, 2018

» The ‘Rush To Gas’ Will Strand Billions As Renewables Get Cheaper, Study Says
Jeff McMahon, Contributor – Forbes
May 21, 2018

» U.S. EIA: Northeast Region Slated For Record Natural Gas Pipeline Buildout In 2018
PA Environment Digest Blog
May 18, 2018

» Don’t be fooled – don’t buy bottled radioactive waste!
By Terry Lodge, Columbus Free Press
May 16, 2018

» How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog
May 11, 2018

» Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Consumption in New England
Fact Sheet on Key Regional Statistics and Trends
Acadia Center
May 8, 2018

» As Rest of World Moves Towards Renewables, US Keeps Offering Exclusive Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog
May 6, 2018

» How Wall Street Enabled the Fracking ‘Revolution’ That’s Losing Billions
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog
May 4, 2018

» Actors were paid to support Entergy’s power plant at New Orleans City Council meetings
By Michael Isaac Stein, Contributing writer, The Lens
May 4, 2018

» How big can New England’s regional cap-and-trade program get?
New numbers prove it works and New Jersey and Virginia want in. Who’s next?
Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
May 1, 2018

» Oil, gas exploration move a ‘kick in the guts’ for Taranaki – mayor
Radio New Zealand
April 12, 2018

» Are New Pipeline Infrastructure Projects Doomed?
By Brigham A. McCown, Contributor, Forbes Magazine
April 4, 2018

» Cyberattack Shows Vulnerability of Gas Pipeline Network
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
April 4, 2018

» NETL Study Highlights the Importance of Coal for Power Generation During “Bomb Cyclone” Power Demands
US Office of Fossil Energy, Energy.gov
March 27, 2018

» Judge: Trump Admin. Must Consider Climate Change in Major Drilling and Mining Lease Plan
The plan covers 15 million acres in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The ruling on it is the latest to cite risks of fossil fuels and global warming.
By Neela Banerjee, Inside Climate News
March 26, 2018

» EIA: Gas generation dropped 7.7% in 2017 while coal declined 2.5%
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
March 20, 2018

» ‘Keep It In the Ground’ Approach to Fossil Fuels on US Public Lands Would Cut Climate Emissions, Study Confirms
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog
February 26, 2018

» Trump to repeal Obama fracking rule
By Timothy Cama, The Hill
December 28, 2017

» Con Edison seeks ‘non-pipe’ solutions to address peak gas demand
Robert Walton, Utility Dive
December 21, 2017

» Trump officials examining states’ authority in pipeline delays
Officials consider overruling states to quicken process
By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle
December 7, 2017

» Citing Recent Keystone Spill, Federal Court Orders Additional Measures to Reduce Spill Risks from Dakota Access Pipeline
by EarthJustice
December 4, 2017

» Massachusetts Campaign Raises Voice in Turbulent Northeast
By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor, Pipeline & Gas Journal
December 2017

» Climate activists delay U.S. gas pipeline approvals: regulator
by Timothy Gardner, Reuters
November 30, 2017

» Gas rush: FERC’s pipeline approvals underline persisting controversy over permitting
by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
November 28, 2017

» The next plastics boom could be around the corner
By Bill Wood, Plastics News
July 11, 2017 Updated 7/11/2017

» Wall Street Cash Pumps Up Oil Production Even as Prices Sag
One analyst cites ‘insufficient discrimination on the part of sources of capital’
By Bradley Olson and Alison Sider, The Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2017

» The Radical Rockefeller Campaign Against Pipelines
by Natural Gas Now Guest Blogger, Jim Willis – Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
June 13, 2017

» Kinder Morgan: Why You Should Avoid It
Seeking Alpha
June 15, 2017

» Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools: Inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education
by Jie Jenny Zou, Pulic Integrity
June 15, 2017

» Fake Grassroots Group Launched by Natural Gas Industry to Counter Pipeline Protests
by Lorraine Show, EcoWatch
June 12, 2017

» “Alternative” Climate Science Is Being Mailed to Teachers Nationwide
by Zahra Hirji, BuzzFeed News
June 7, 2017

» Big Oil Is Betting on Plastics. It May Be a Risky Bet.
By Amy Myers Jaffe, Wall Street Journal
May 23, 2017

» The fossil fuel industry’s invisible colonization of academia
Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change.
By Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran, The Guardian
March 13, 2017

» The US has one inspector for every 5,000 miles of pipeline—or twice the length of the country, each
by Zoë Schlanger, Quartz Media
March 10, 2017

» Millennials are Changing Industry: Food, Advertising, and Packaging
by Comar
November 29, 2016

» Plastics Market Worth $654.38 Billion By 2020
by Grand View Research, Inc.
July 6, 2015

» Hickenlooper Threatens To Sue Any Town, City That Bans Fracking
By Shaun Boyd, CBS Channel 4, Denver
February 26, 2013

» Burning Question: What Would Life Be Like Without the Halliburton Loophole?      By Susan Phillips, State Impact / NPR
December 5, 2011  

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