The oil well next door: California's silent health hazard

Unlike other oil-producing states, much of the drilling in California takes place in residential neighborhoods, often in Spanish-speaking communities. Despite mounting complaints about pollution from the wells, the state has failed to take action.

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The rubber industry's toxic legacy in Akron

In Akron, Ohio, Black people bore—and bear—the brunt of industry's negative effects, including disease and death.


Who’s going to take responsibility for air pollution in Texas?

Legal experts say that environmental laws must be more strongly enforced by the government to protect the health and safety of Texans.

Extreme winter weather could cause spike in oil and gas emissions

Environmentalists reported an uptick in oil and gas emissions during the recent polar vortex. Many were concerned it could happen again.

When the grid went dark, Texans faced 3.5M pounds of excess air pollution

Why pollution spiked in frontline communities during the winter storm.

San Angelo water contaminated as winter storm hits Texas

In some areas of the West Texas city, the state found concentrations of benzene, a known carcinogen, to be 35 times the safe limit. For other chemicals identified in the water, no concentration is considered safe.

Feds used toxic smoke grenades during summer protests in Portland, researcher finds

“This is a complete and utter misuse of a chemical weapon that could be lethal,” the researcher said.

Plastic pipes a water contamination risk after fire, data shows

New hazards to health and infrastructure have emerged in the ashes of wildfires. Among them is the contamination of drinking water.

Long-overdue dredging of Gowanus Canal turns up 'black mayonnaise,' sunken cars, evil stench

After more than a century of toxic pollution, Brooklyn’s infamous Gowanus Canal is finally being cleaned up.

Andrew J. Whelton, Amisha Shah, Kristofer P. Isaacson: Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires – it's a risk in urban fires, too

A new study shows how toxic chemicals like benzene are leaching into water systems after nearby fires. The pipes don't have to burn – they just have to heat up.

The government can’t keep up with abandoned oil wells. Can these industry insiders help?

The number of abandoned oil and gas wells is on the verge of exploding. These industry insiders want to be part of the solution.

Josiah Edwards: Living near drilling is deadly. Why don't California lawmakers care?

The state may be phasing out gas-powered cars, but it’s still legal to put an oil well right next to an elementary school.

State hears request to pump Moneta pollutants into aquifer

Today’s Wyo. Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hearing will consider 110 letters objecting to the plan by Aethon Energy, plus Aethon’s own justifications for the request.
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Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

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.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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