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Matthew McFeeley, Attorney, Washington, D.C.

Matthew McFeeley
I had the great fortune to grow up in New Mexico, where I developed a love of the outdoors and a lifelong addiction to Hatch chile. Now that I live in Washington, D.C., I enjoy walking and running in Rock Creek Park and chances to get out of the city to hike and camp. I joined NRDC’s Land and Wildlife Program in 2011 as a Penn Law Public Interest Fellow. Before law school, I earned a Masters degree in public policy. At NRDC, I focus on protecting communities and wild places from irresponsible oil and gas development and advocate for policies that will ensure that our environment and health are not sacrificed in pursuit of our energy needs.

Recent Posts

Report finds illegal use of diesel in fracking fluid, highlights problems with FracFocus

Posted August 22, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released a report which found that companies had disclosed using diesel fuel in fracking in 12 states.  The use of diesel fuel as a component of fracking fluid is illegal without a permit under...continued

EPA must step in after WV's repeated failure to protect drinking water from oil and gas waste

Posted August 14, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today NRDC sent a letter to U.S. EPA calling on them to crack down on the state of West Virginia’s lax oversight of oil and gas and fracking wastewater disposal wells—that is putting drinking water at risk of contamination, and...continued

Ohio Fracking Spill Highlights Problems with State Disclosure Laws

Posted July 25, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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After tens of thousands of gallons of fracking chemicals flowed into a creek last month in Ohio, officials with the state and federal environmental protection agencies, who oversee the safety of drinking water, were forced to wait for five days...continued

Obama Administration Poised to Rule on Gas Drilling in the George Washington National Forest

Posted July 17, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Any day now, the U.S. Forest Service will release what’s called a “management plan” for the George Washington National Forest.  The plan will include a crucial decision we’re watching very closely: will industrial gas drilling and fracking be allowed in...continued

BLM speeds drilling permits as inspections suffer

Posted July 11, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General (IG) released a report which stated that approval times for drilling permits on public lands are “often very long.”  The oil and gas industry seized on this report, arguing that we...continued

Federal Review Finds Safety Risks in Natural Gas Pipeline Oversight

Posted May 12, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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A review prompted by one of the worst pipeline accidents in history has found that there are still significant gaps in federal oversight of state pipeline safety programs. In 2010, a pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California destroyed more than...continued

New Research: Fracking Uses (and Loses) More Water than Previously Believed

Posted October 31, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Fracking’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report out yesterday that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is used by the oil and gas industry. ...continued

Laws Promising Health Professionals Access to Fracking Chemical Information Probably Won't Work: How to Fix Them

Posted October 11, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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New evidence confirms that oil and gas producers don’t always know what chemicals are in the fracking fluids they are injecting into the ground—and it may take months to find out. Documents from a Pennsylvania family’s lawsuit claiming that Range Resources,...continued

One Million ask the BLM to Protect Public Lands from Fracking

Posted August 26, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Friday marked the final day to comment on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rules to govern fracking on public lands.  And as the comments closed, NRDC joined other environmental and public interest groups in delivering a combined total of...continued

BLM Must Reverse Course on Weak Fracking Rule

Posted August 21, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This Friday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will close the official comment period for its proposed rule to govern fracking on public and Indian lands across the US.  The BLM is faced with a choice: whether to capitulate to...continued

Obama Administration Caves To Fracking Industry in New Proposed Rules

Posted May 16, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This afternoon, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new proposed rules to govern fracking on publicly owned lands managed by the federal government. This includes wild places like National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges. But it also includes...continued

New Report Highlights Threats to National Parks from Fracking

Posted April 25, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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A new report released today by the National Parks Conservation Association details the growing dangers that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas poses to some of America’s most treasured and iconic places.  Fracking is increasingly happening just outside the borders...continued

New Harvard Study: "Serious Flaws" in Industry Self-Reporting Website FracFocus

Posted April 23, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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A new Harvard study out today lists numerous problems with FracFocus.org, a website on which many states have required fracking companies to disclose the chemicals they use.  In short: the information is unreliable and incomplete, likely in large part because...continued

Current Law is Inadequate to Ensure Doctors, Nurses, and First Responders Have Access to Fracking Chemical Information

Posted April 15, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Late last week, outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that a new Obama Administration proposal for rules related to fracking on public lands is “imminent.”  Those rules are expected to require disclosure of the chemicals companies use when they frack....continued

Three Reasons Why the Obama Administration Shouldn't Use FracFocus.org in its New Fracking Disclosure Rule

Posted April 10, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Obama Administration is developing rules to require fracking chemical disclosure for operations on federal lands  and a recent leaked draft of the new rules requires companies to disclose the chemicals they use on the privately-run website FracFocus.org rather than...continued

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