The Barnett Shale, the birthplace of fracking, is still a big polluter

The Texas Permian Basin is not the only area with massive emissions. The Barnett Shale in North Texas is doing its part creating health impacts for neighbors and accelerating the climate crisis by dumping more methane into our atmosphere. Methane is over 100 times more powerful at warming our planet than carbon dioxide in the…

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A Cautious Perspective on Biden’s LNG Permit Pause

We won a battle, but the climate war is far from over. Anyone living near the four proposed LNG export terminals and the two that are in pre-filing got a reprieve when the Biden Administration announced a pause on LNG permitting. Those people have every reason to celebrate. Assessing the known impacts to health, the…

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Going Back Home

Greenwood Grocery in Greenwood, TX

I’ve traveled such a long, long way from home since I left my farm in Wise County Texas. Oil and gas pollution turned an idyllic country life into a nightmare; the industry drove me from my peaceful home. Since then, It’s hard for me to feel totally at home anywhere anymore, therefore I am embracing…

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Field Notes: Arlington, Texas September 11, 2023

    North Texas was finally experiencing some slightly cooler weather on September 11th when I drove to Arlington, Texas to meet Liveable Arlington executive director Ranjana Bhandari, and journalists from France. The journalists were there for a story about the colonization of Arlington by TEP Barnett, an affiliate of French energy giant, TotalEnergies. At…

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Utilities are a climate battleground

Amanecer Launch

Our movements must win the battlefront of electric utilities to force a prioritization of health and climate–not fossil fuel profits  By Miguel Escoto   Profits Determine Outcome  Big oil companies–the Shell’s, Exxon’s, and Chevron’s of the world–have been rightly identified by the public as villains responsible for the climate crisis. More obfuscated but nonetheless culpable…

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