Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

Duke Energy flexes political muscle on fracked gas, coal ash   |   May 26, 2016
Duke Energy is facing serious regulatory battles in its home state of North Carolina, with climate-action groups doggedly trying to block the company's planned fracked gas...

 

Another Gulf oil spill adds fuel to movement against new offshore drilling leases   |   May 20, 2016
Last week a damaged pipeline at a Royal Dutch Shell deepwater production field about 100 miles off the Louisiana coast spilled what's been officially estimated at 90,000...

 

N.C. produces flawed study to dismiss cancer-cluster fears near Duke Energy coal plants   |   May 5, 2016
The spill of tens of thousands of tons of coal ash into the Dan River from an impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina back in February 2014 triggered a long-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How drilling tax breaks worsened Louisiana's budget crisis   |   April 29, 2016
Rank of oil-producing U.S. states among those under the greatest fiscal pressure because of plummeting oil prices, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's: 1...

 

The ongoing fight over seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas deposits   |   April 27, 2016
Though the Obama administration dropped the Atlantic Ocean from the upcoming five-year plan for offshore drilling earlier this year, plans for seismic testing to map undersea oil...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The BP oil disaster's continuing toll on human health   |   April 20, 2016
Number of workers killed outright in the explosion that rocked BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast six years ago this week, triggering the worst oil...

 

Slander suit against citizens battling Alabama coal ash dump shows downsides of landfill disposal   |   April 15, 2016
Officers of a grassroots citizens group whose members have been embroiled in a civil rights complaint involving the Alabama landfill that took in coal ash waste from a 2008 spill...

 

Nuclear nonproliferation deals and environmental injustice in the South   |   April 8, 2016
As the Nuclear Security Summit took place in Washington last week, U.S. and Japanese officials announced they had completed the removal of highly radioactive material —...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: BP can push Gulf disaster settlement costs onto taxpayers   |   April 5, 2016
Date on which a federal judge gave final approval to BP's settlement with the federal government and five Gulf Coast states over its 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster...

 

N.C.'s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?   |   April 1, 2016
Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration's waffling over...

 

Offshore drilling fight shifts from the Atlantic to the Gulf   |   March 25, 2016
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside the Superdome in New Orleans this week to disrupt a federal auction for Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The failure of an obscure federal agency endangers oil rig workers   |   March 18, 2016
Date on which Roy Miller of Mississippi was killed while performing maintenance on an oil platform owned by Whistler Energy of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans,...

 

A 'victory for people over politics' as feds cancel Atlantic drilling plans   |   March 16, 2016
Environmentalists and local community leaders across the Southeast scored a David vs. Goliath victory over the oil and gas industry and its powerful allies in government this week...

 

Where do the presidential candidates stand on Atlantic oil and gas drilling?   |   February 18, 2016
The first-in-the-South presidential primary will take place this Saturday, Feb. 20 in South Carolina, when the state's Republicans will head to the polls to make their choice...

 

NC environmental officials: Too anti-regulation even for Duke Energy?   |   February 11, 2016
Just how extreme is the administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) when it comes to obstructing efforts to protect the environment? So extreme that even Duke Energy...

 

Losing its land to the Gulf, Louisiana tribe will resettle with disaster resilience competition award money   |   February 9, 2016
With its South Louisiana homeland sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has announced plans to resettle the...

 

S.C. cleanup results show there's hope after coal ash contamination   |   February 4, 2016
An environmental cleanup project underway in South Carolina shows that moving coal ash from leaky, unlined pits located along waterways leads to immediate, dramatic improvements...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy challenged on secrecy surrounding controversial NC gas plant   |   January 29, 2016
Date on which Duke Energy filed documents with the North Carolina Utilities Commission seeking approval for a natural gas-fired plant to replace its coal plant near Asheville: 1/...

 

NC town called 'ground zero' in offshore drilling fight shows political cost of backing Big Oil over local jobs   |   January 21, 2016
Two years ago this month, more than 300 residents of Kure Beach, North Carolina (pop. 2,000), packed town hall to voice their anger with then-Mayor Dean Lambeth's decision to...

 

NC coal ash victims blast state for downgrading Duke Energy dumpsite risks   |   January 8, 2016
After tens of thousands of tons of coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated water spilled into the Dan River from a waste impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North...

 

Economic downsides of Atlantic oil and gas drilling detailed in new report   |   December 15, 2015
Proponents of oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast often point to the economic claims in a 2013 report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources, a Texas-based firm whose...

 

Bipartisan group of federal lawmakers urges halt to seismic testing permits for Atlantic oil and gas   |   December 10, 2015
This week Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina joined his Democratic colleague Bobby Scott of Virginia to send a letter signed by 31 other House members calling on...

 

Gulf South communities on climate change front lines represented at Paris talks   |   December 4, 2015
More than 150 world leaders gathered this week near the French capital to negotiate a legally binding agreement to curb pollution associated with climate change, with the goal of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The big money behind the latest attacks on renewable energy   |   November 20, 2015
Date on which North Carolina state Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford) told the audience at an event in Wilmington sponsored by Americans for Prosperity — a front group for the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Dirty tar sands oil flows to South's refineries despite Keystone XL rejection   |   November 13, 2015
Year in which TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline carrying carbon-heavy tar sands oil from Canada to the United States was approved by the Bush administration: 2008 Year in which...