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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

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

Leaked Draft Indicates BLM May Give the Fracking Industry Free Reign to Keep Secrets

Posted February 11, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley

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On Friday, EnergyWire published a leaked draft of a new proposed Bureau of Land Management rule on hydraulic fracturing.  If enacted, the revisions contained in the draft would represent a major capitulation to the oil and gas industry – and...continued

New evidence: fracking has occurred in at least 32 states since 2005

Posted January 17, 2013 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Last month, EPA released a “progress report” on its ongoing study of hydraulic fracturing and the impacts of fracking on drinking water.  The progress report contains a lot of interesting information, but one particular map caught my eye.  The map...continued

Despite state laws requiring disclosure, fracking companies keep tens of thousands of chemicals secret

Posted December 3, 2012 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The evidence keeps piling up regarding the inadequacy of state fracking disclosure laws when it comes to ensuring transparency.  A recent article from Bloomberg News finds that in many states with regulations requiring disclosure of fracking chemicals, companies can evade...continued

New analysis shows companies use secret fracking chemicals in most wells

Posted November 19, 2012 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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A recent investigation by EnergyWire found that when companies provide information on the chemicals they use to frack wells, most of the time they keep at least one chemical secret.  Sixty-five percent of disclosures made by oil and gas companies...continued

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