On April 10, President Donald Trump announced two new executive orders to make it easier for companies to build oil and gas infrastructure and projects, and more difficult for states to block them—precisely at a time when we know we must rapidly reduce our extraction and use of fossil fuels to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
New York Times article on the PSR and WildEarth Guardians lawsuit against the federal government.
Washington Post article on the drilling lawsuit brought by PSR and WildEarth Guardians.
Physicians for Social Responsibility and fellow plaintiffs just won a landmark victory for climate and health as a federal judge rejected the leasing of public lands for fracking and ordered a halt to drilling on more than 300,000 acres in Wyoming. While the ruling applies to Wyoming, the precedent implicates oil and gas leases on …
Greater Boston PSR issued a stinging rebuttal to a Health Impact Assessment that claimed to find no potential health impacts from constructing a fracked-gas compressor station in a low-income Massachusetts coastal town. It was so powerful, the agency that wrote the HIA spoke out against the compressor station. Read the statement here.
Radio interview with PSR Florida’s Dr. Howard Kessler on hydraulic fracturing in Florida.
Article from WBUR on the growing opposition to the proposed compressor station in Weymouth, MA, citing Greater Boston PSR’s new report, which concludes that air pollution from the compressor station would pose “an unacceptable health risk to the surrounding community.”
Valiant activists, including some with whom PSR has collaborated for years, are celebrating two important wins against pipelines in Virginia. Virginia’s State Water Control Board voted recently to reconsider its earlier decision to grant a water quality certification to the Mountain Valley pipeline. That’s due in part to the tireless work of Tina Smusz, MD, …
On December 17, twenty health and public health organizations submitted comments to Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler protesting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed weakening of for the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which regulate leakage of methane and toxic gases from oil and gas wells.
The U.S. EPA is proposing to roll back the rules that restrict methane and toxic gas leakage from oil and gas wells across the country. This roll-back would endanger health locally, and damage the climate globally. PSR responded with strong comments about these health impacts—and 19 other health professional and public health groups joined to …