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Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.

Amy Mall

As a kid I played outside in the woods or at the beach most days, followed trails, climbed cliffs and went fishing.  Before NRDC I worked in the private sector as well as in the offices of elected officials in county, state and federal government.  In 2001 I joined NRDC’s Land and Wildlife Program. Now I work to protect the environment. NRDC is dedicated to protecting our nation’s wildest places and most valuable wildlife habitat from irresponsible industrial development.  I've worked to protect old growth forests in Alaska and other western states.  Now my work is focused on protecting sensitive lands in the Rocky Mountain region from harmful oil and gas operations, and on advancing public policies to require more environmental protections for oil and gas operations

Recent Posts

New EPA reports on fracking waste don't go far enough

Posted April 4, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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U.S. EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking. NRDC has been concerned for a long time about this dangerous waste, which is exempt from federal hazardous waste safeguards (more details...continued

Dirty fuels shouldn't get a free pass on water pollution compared to renewable energy

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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It should come as no surprise that NRDC supports renewable energy development. Even renewable energy, however, comes with environmental impacts, particularly with projects that are not responsibly sited. So, just like with any other form of energy, NRDC is working...continued

New report on the growing evidence of fracking's negative impacts on property values and local economies

Posted March 20, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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There's an important new report out from the non-profit Resource Media, entitled: "Drilling vs the American Dream: Fracking impacts on property rights and home values." The authors have compiled mounting data from around the country about how fracking leads to lower...continued

EPA should protect the endangered Florida panther, not oil and gas profits

Posted March 12, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Earlier this week, NRDC sent a letter to U.S. EPA asking the agency to deny a permit application for an oil and gas waste disposal well proposed in prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther in south Florida. Photo credit:...continued

We need a new national policy to protect public lands from oil and gas leasing

Posted February 25, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for the enormous task of administering oil and gas leasing beneath 258 million acres of BLM land, 57 million acres of non-Federal ownership, and 385 million acres managed by other Federal agencies....continued

White House calls for growth of "sustainable" natural gas

Posted February 6, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In this year’s State of the Union speech, the President said once again that he will strengthen protections against the risks of fracking. The speech was accompanied by a proposal to create "Sustainable Shale Gas Growth Zones" in the United...continued

Colorado needs to be honest about the risks of fracking

Posted January 15, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Colorado has done a better job than some other states of updating its oil and gas rules, and the state should get credit where credit is due. But that's not a very high bar, and the rules are still not strong enough...continued

New data point to drinking water contamination near natural gas operations in Texas

Posted January 10, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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I recently blogged about a report from the EPA's Inspector General, which found that drinking water in Texas near natural gas wells that had been fracked was contaminated with high levels of benzene, a known carcinogen, and methane, an explosive gas....continued

Pennsylvania: Hundreds of complaints of water contamination from oil and gas activities

Posted January 6, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The number of problems stemming from oil and gas production is high.....and getting higher. Recently I blogged that Wyoming saw more than 500 spills in the oil and gas industry in 2013. A mind-boggling number. But there's more. A new AP...continued

Wyoming: 2013 saw more than 500 spills but not one fine

Posted January 3, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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According to a new report from Wyoming Public Media, there were more than 500 spills in the oil and gas industry in 2013--in Wyoming alone. But the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission did not fine any of the responsible companies...continued

EPA holds oil and gas company accountable for violating Clean Water Act

Posted December 26, 2013 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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My previous blog post expressed outrage that the EPA chose to step away from enforcing the law when drinking water was unsafe in Texas, even when nearby natural gas operations were identified as the most probably cause. Our concerns haven't changed but, in a...continued

New Inspector General report finds EPA needs to act to protect Texas residents' drinking water from oil and gas operations

Posted December 24, 2013 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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A new report was released today by the EPA Inspector General (IG)—the environmental agency’s independent internal watchdog— regarding drinking water contamination linked with natural gas operations in Parker County, Texas, just west of Ft. Worth. The report is a result...continued

Newest evidence that oil and gas resources are finite and we need to focus on clean energy solutions

Posted December 23, 2013 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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If you listen to the oil and gas industry, American can go on forever depending on dirty fossil fuels. Some people define "forever" differently than others. The Great Law of the Iriquois nations says: "Look and listen for the welfare of...continued

New report on the long term negative impacts of oil and gas development for communities

Posted December 12, 2013 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Headwaters Economics just released a study of 207 counties in the six major oil- and gas-producing states in the interior West: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. They looked at these counties over 30 years of boom and bust energy...continued

Two more cases of drinking water contamination linked to fracking

Posted December 11, 2013 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Michael and Nancy Leighton of Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, report that tests of their drinking water found clean and safe water in May, 2011, before fracking occurred near their home, but that water testing conducted in May, 2012--after nearby fracking--found substantial...continued

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