EWG is working toward an energy future in which clean, safe and economical sources such as solar and wind power replace dirty, dangerous and expensive coal and nuclear power. We're also investigating the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals in oil and gas drilling, toxic gasoline additives such as corn ethanol and MTBE, uranium mining on public lands, and the transport of nuclear waste through American cities.
The oil and gas industry insists that hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells does not threaten America’s water supplies. But a new report by Environmental Working Group finds that hundreds of “monster wells” across the country were fracked with 10 to 25 million gallons of water each – and many that used the most water were in drought-stricken areas.Read More
Despite Drought, Hundreds of Fracking Sites Used More Than 10 Million Gallons of WaterRead More
According to a new study from the Department of Energy, corn ethanol has helped drive down the energy content in a gallon of gasoline by 3 percent since 1993. And less energy per gallon means fewer miles per gallon.Read More
The boom in hydraulic fracking to extract natural gas and oil has created a huge demand for silica sand.Read More
Frac sand mining - the extraction of the fine-particle sand needed for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") of wells -- is expanding rapidly in the United States and poses a little-understood threat to human health, the environment, and local economies, according to a major report issued today by the Civil Society Institute's Boston Action Research (BAR) and released in cooperation with Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA).Read More
Silica Particles from Frac Sand Mining Put Tens of Thousands at RiskRead More
Michael Wang can’t handle the truth.
Apparently he was none too pleased to read “Ethanol’s Broken Promise,” Environmental Working Group’s recent report that showed that reducing corn ethanol consumption would help lower greenhouse gas emissions. But in a response he wrote with his colleagues, Wang once again cherry-picked data to support his claim that corn ethanol is better for the climate than gasoline.
Unfortunately for him, there are several inconvenient truths about ethanol.Read More
It’s no secret that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) disparages much of what the Environmental Protection Agency does, and his frequent attacks have garnered him quite the reputation in the environmental community.Read More
For Sen. David L. Vitter (R-La.), there’s no more appealing target than the Environmental Protection Agency.Read More
Environmentalists in Germany have more to celebrate this week than a World Cup championship title.Read More
If you think the risks associated with fracking for oil and gas disappear once a well stops producing and goes out of commission, think again. And that goes for conventional drilling technologies, too.Read More
The Colorado Supreme Court has cleared the way for ballot initiatives that would permit municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.Read More
The small upstate New York towns of Dryden and Middlefield won a huge victory in court Monday over energy companies that have been pushing to drill for natural gas across a broad swath of the state.Read More
A new ruling by New York’s highest court protecting local communities’ right to ban oil and gas drilling in their backyards is a “big win for every town across the state fighting to safeguard the health of their environment and homes,” Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.Read More
If oil and gas companies were injecting potentially toxic fluids into the ground near your home or your children’s schoolyard, wouldn’t you want to know about it?Read More
The Renewable Fuels Association, a well-funded lobbyist group for Big Ethanol, recently responded to EWG’s report, Ethanol’s Broken Promise, by claiming that corn ethanol isn’t worse for the climate than gasoline.
RFA hasn't done its homework. Recent peer-reviewed research shows that the model RFA uses to mount its defense drastically under-estimates carbon emissions.Read More
The Obama Administration is right to demand cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But those reductions won’t be a reality until 2030. If the Administration wants to cut emissions right now, the Environmental Protection Agency should move ahead with its plan to reduce the amount of corn ethanol blended into gasoline.Read More
Washington, D.C. -- Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, has issued a statement calling EWG’s new report, Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions “simply preposterous” and misrepresenting studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.Read More