Environmental Resources

StateImpact Texas 5/10/14:  Here Are 9 Studies Linking Quakes and Drilling Activity in Texas.  Here’s a list of nine recent studies demonstrating a link between quakes and oil and gas activity in Texas. Click here to access the list.

Center for Public Integrity: Three part series: Big Oil, Bad Air Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer
February 18, 2014.
"The Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas is in the midst of a massive drilling boom that's generating billions of dollars for oil companies. But a months-long investigation in partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel finds some residents saying emissions of dangerous chemicals are making them sick, and state regulators have offered little help." Learn more here.

AAJ  Report: Decades of Environmental Disasters Show Role of Civil Justice System in Holding Polluters, July 2010.  The report examines how laws passed in the 1960s and 1970s were supposed to protect the environment, but lax enforcement left corporations with little incentive to comply. Ultimately, trial attorneys were the ones who sought justice for communities destroyed by corporate polluters. Access Release or Full Report.

The Center for Public Integrity: BP Accounts for Most "Willful" Violations Among Refineries, Regulator Says. Two refineries operated by BP account for 97 percent of all "egregious willful" citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since June 2007, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.  Access Interactive Map.

Environmental Integrity Project: DIRTY KILOWATTS March 2010 - Mercury emissions increased at more than half of the country's 50 largest mercury-emitting power plants, many of which lack widely available pollution controls for the highly toxic metal. Five of the 10 plants with the most mercury emitted are in East and Central Texas.  Access report.

GAO:  EPA Could Make Better Use of Biomonitoring Data, Feb 2010 -Biomonitoring, which measures chemicals in people's tissues or body fluids, has shown that the U.S. population is widely exposed to chemicals used in everyday products. Some of these have the potential to cause cancer or birth defects. Moreover, children may be more vulnerable to harm from these chemicals than adults. Learn more.

Center for Justice & Democracy: How the Civil Justice System Protects Environmental Health by Amy Widman, October 2007.  "America's civil justice system allows people who have suffered harm from pollution to confront the polluter in court. There, the person who has been harmed can seek to hold the polluter directly accountable, under long-standing principles of fairness and justice. Certain corporations have lobbied government to limit or deny the right of ordinary people to take such action, and some rights under the civil justice system have already been impaired. This is not in the public interest. To protect public health and environmental quality, people's rights under America's civil justice system must be maintained." Full report.

GAO Report: 2007 Leaking Storage Tanks - EPA Should Take Steps to Better Ensure the Effective Use of Public Funding for Cleanups. Learn more.