Andrew Grinberg - Special Projects Manager

Senator Markey (D-MA) and the Wheel of Giveaways. Screenshot from CSPAN

Oil, Gas, and Coal Calling the Shots

February 6, 2017

If the first month of the 115th Congress, and the first two weeks of the Trump Inc Regime, has taught us anything, it’s that the fossil fuel industry calls the shots. Not that this is new, but with a Republican controlled House, Senate and President, the top priority has been to give their friends in the oil, gas and coal industries everything they want.

Sun and clouds / photo: flickr.com/jamesjordan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

What's next?

November 17, 2016

The next four years, and the future of our planet will be determined by us, not Donald Trump. Trump campaigned on a platform of rolling back environmental policy to the dark ages, and we can only take his word that he will try to do just that. He has already appointed a climate denier to head the EPA transition, and is considering a fracking mogul to lead the Department of Energy. His administration will be stacked with polluting interests and anti science extremists.

Pumpjacks with a methane flare in the background. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

Cutting Methane: Leadership from California

July 22, 2016

On Thursday, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) took a big step to rein in harmful emissions from oil and gas operations. Methane, a common byproduct of oil production and a major component of gas, is a potent greenhouse gas that is 86 times more heat trapping than carbon dioxide in the short term.

Recent headlines on California Groundwater

Behind Those California Water Headlines: Problem Solved! Let's All Go Home!?

July 6, 2016

What's behind the recent headlines on California groundwater? Does a new study suggest the problem is solved, and that we can all go home? Er...no! 

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock

LEADership on Drinking Water

April 21, 2016

This week a group of Senators introduced the "True LEADership Act" to get lead out of contact with water and improve the quality of drinking water in the United States. It's a good step forward.

Sacrificing California’s Aquifers

April 4, 2016

California recently became the poster child for problems with oil and gas injection wells.

Underground injection wells

Protect California's Groundwater From Injection Wells: Pass AB 1882

March 29, 2016

If you’re not looking for anything you’ll never find it. This has held true when it comes to contamination from oil and gas production in California for the last century. But the era of regulators ignoring the industry’s groundwater impacts needs to end.

Assembly Bill 1882, introduced by Assemblymember Das Williams, takes an important step by requiring water regulators to monitor our precious aquifers for pollution caused by the oil and gas injection wells.

Still In the Pits

Dumping toxic oil and gas wastewater into unlined pits—How is this still a thing?

March 10, 2016

For some reason, California STILL allows oil and gas companies to dump their toxic wastewater in open and unlined pits.

An oil well near an almond farm in Shafter CA

California green lighted more irrigation with oil wastewater

December 18, 2015

Last week, regulators approved the expanded use of oil wastewater for irrigation of crops in Kern County.

Pipeline, Mt. Poso

The Golden State Exemptions Part 2: The Aquifer Exemption Resistance

October 8, 2015

Resistance to erasing a drinking water source from potential use is happening in many communities like San Luis Obispo.