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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

New Report: Weak Financial Assurance Rules Leave Natural Heritage, Drinking Water Vulnerable to Drilling Damages

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Raising new concerns about a little-examined dimension of the fracking debate, Environment America Research & Policy Center today released a report analyzing state and federal financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling operations. As fracking expands at a frenzied pace in several states and federal officials consider allowing fracking near national parks and forests and key drinking water sources, ‘Who Pays the Costs of Fracking?’ reveals that current bonding requirements are inadequate to cover the costs of damage from gas drilling.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

Fracking” operations pose a staggering array of threats to our environment and health – contaminating drinking water, harming the health of nearby residents, marring forests and landscapes, and contributing to global warming. Many of these damages from drilling have significant “dollars and cents” costs. To the extent that this dirty drilling is allowed to continue, policymakers must require, among other things, that the oil and gas industry provide up front financial assurance commensurate with the potential for damage.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

New Environment America Ad in Times Square: Pres. Obama and the Nation Should Address Global Warming

Washington, D.C. —Today, Environment America launched an ad on the CBS “Super Screen” in Times Square Plaza in Manhattan—not far from the scene of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact last fall—calling on President Obama and all Americans to join together to  address global warming. The 10-second ad will run once an hour, 18 times a day for the next two months. 

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News Release | Environment America

New Report Reveals Massive Climate Changing Emissions for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- A new report out today from environmental groups shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would, if approved, be responsible for at least 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) each year, comparable to the tailpipe emissions from more than 37.7 million cars or 51 coal-fired power plants.

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Report | Oil Change International, Natural Resources Defense Council, 350.org, Environment America, National Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club and Greenpeace

Cooking the Books

At the top of the long list of serious problems with the State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the assertion that the pipeline will have no impact on climate change. The State Department asserts that if the pipeline is not built, the tar sands in Alberta will be exploited one way or another. Therefore, State asserts, the emissions in question will be released regardless of the Keystone XL pipeline. This is simply incorrect.

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