The Collision of Private Interests and Oil & Gas Regulations

Corruption in the highest levels of state and federal regulation of the oil and gas industry may not come as a surprise to many. However, the extent to which these federal agencies and state bodies have succumbed to regulatory capture would surprise most. Halt the Harm Leaders have documented examples when the agencies created to protect the public interest from industry threats are co-opted by industry to advance their own interests.

This webinar will feature panelists with expertise in a range of tactics, from investigative journalism, to petitions and direct action. They will present strategies to address this issue targeted at federal and state-specific regulatory bodies. And they will share surprising facts about regulatory capture. We invite you to take this unique opportunity to learn, see what others are doing, and plan how you can push for transparency and accountability.

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About the Presenters:

steve horn

Steve Horn


Steve Horn is an Indianapolis, IN-based Research Fellow for DeSmogBlog and a freelance investigative journalist. He previously was a reporter and researcher at the Center for Media and Democracy and currently is a Contributing Editor for CounterPunch Magazine and NUVO, the latter an alt-weekly newspaper in Indianapolis.

jesse coleman

Jesse Coleman


Jesse follows fracking, the oil and gas industry, and corporate power in politics as a researcher with Greenpeace USA's investigations team. His research tracks the corporate funding of people and political groups that deny or obfuscate climate change science. He also investigates oil industry and climate related disasters and coverups.

Jesse's work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Colbert Report, Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, and NPR. Jesse joined Greenpeace in 2010 and holds a degree from the University of Georgia.

Maya Van Rossum

Maya van Rossum


Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN). She heads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who monitor the River and all of its tributaries for threats and challenges, and who then take this information and advocate, educate and litigate for protection, restoration and change.

Ellen Taylor - Beyond Extreme Energy

Ellen Taylor


Ellen Taylor is a retired Environmental Engineer who spent her career in the federal government and in academia. She has been active in the environmental movement since the first Earth Day.

With We Are Cove Point, she is working to halt construction of the Cove Point Export Terminal and is working with others to get FERC to “do the right thing” with the Beyond Extreme Energy Network (BXE). BXE is an activist network of organizations and individuals that was born out of a direct action campaign in Washington D.C. in 2014 targeting FERC and Cove Point.

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