Media Releases

New report: Oversight of fracking oil trains needs improvement

September 14, 2016 • Earthworks

Washington, D.C./Berkeley, CA -- A new report released by Earthworks today makes concrete recommendations to minimize the threats posed by oil trains traveling through communities across the United States. These trains transport volatile, fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.


Oil Trains: volatile, toxic, radioactive

September 14, 2016 • Earthworks

North Dakota’s fracking destruction is unnecessary

October 20, 2015 • Don Morrison

The chaotic destruction of productive farmland, beautiful badlands and people’s lives in North Dakota to exact oil is unnecessary. The oil could be extracted without destroying the place in the process.

State officials have allowed the oil industry to produce a product before the industry made sure it had transportation, disposal of its radioactive waste, safety, housing, law enforcement and most other infrastructure available. Now, to fix their poor planning, they want you and me to take the risk for their contamination, exploding trains, and other problems.

The impacts of this fast-as-possible oil extraction reaches across North America.


Inside the Bakken

July 30, 2015 • Deborah Thomas

North Dakota’s Bakken oil field is one of the most active fracking sites in the U.S. It's so big, you can see the flares burning from outer space.

Most people will never visit the Bakken. Far removed from major cities, it is difficult to see how it affects all of our lives.

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Inside the Bakken: National Impacts and How You Can Help

July 23, 2015 • Dakota Resource Council, Sierra Club - North Dakota, First Lutheran Church Williston

A recording of an online discussion to learn about the challenges of living in the Bakken, the national impacts of the North Dakota fracking oil boom and what you can do to help.


The Gift that Keeps on Giving: North Dakota Radioactive Waste

April 15, 2015 • Deborah Thomas
As North Dakota officials try and determine how to regulate and dispose of the Bakken’s radioactive fracking waste, the sea of contamination gets deeper by the day. According to representatives at the North Dakota Dept. of Health, new rules regulating… More »

Rockin’ the Bakken, 21st Century Style

March 13, 2015 • Deborah Thomas

North Dakota’s Bakken boom, and potential bust, are definitely in the news. Journalists, documentary filmmakers, landowners, and community groups have given it a name and a face.  Yet it’s still hard to understand until you put your boots on the ground and watch the oil being drilled, pumped, and trucked to rail stations, 24-7, as it’s moved out of the region.


Comments on North Dakota Technologically Enhanced Normally Occurring Radioactive Material

March 2, 2015 • Earthworks