Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

The Katrina oil spill disaster: A harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?   |   August 28, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it set off a disaster of many parts — and one of those parts was an oil spill catastrophe. In fact, Katrina...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: A timeline of the push for and against Atlantic oil and gas development   |   August 21, 2015
The Obama administration is currently weighing public comments on a draft offshore oil and gas leasing proposal that for the first time in history would open an area of the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Southern politicians fight EPA carbon limits as states burn   |   August 21, 2015
Date on which the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the final version of its Clean Power Plan requiring states to cut climate-warming carbon emissions from power plants: 8/...

 

Executive in WV spill pleads guilty, gets his Bentley and millions back   |   August 20, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Atlantic drilling push meets opposition in coastal communities   |   August 14, 2015
Date of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout off the Louisiana coast, which killed 11 men, injured 17 others, released at least 160 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: The growing resistance to Atlantic oil and gas drilling   |   August 14, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The third in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here. To read the...

 

After EPA ignored environmental racism for decades, communities fight back   |   July 16, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency has been ignoring complaints about environmental racism across the United States for up to 20 years,...

 

VOICES: Beware solar deception by Duke, Kochs and their allies   |   July 1, 2015
By Jim Warren, NC WARN The national campaign by entrenched fossil fuel corporations to stanch the rapid growth of solar power is now playing out full-bore in the North Carolina...

 

From fracking to coal waste, NAACP confronts environmental racism in North Carolina   |   June 3, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams The organization that spurred the south's "Moral Mondays" movement announced last week it is launching a civil rights investigation...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Gov. McCrory goes to bat for Big Energy   |   May 28, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The second in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here.) When Pat...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Sustainability and hope   |   May 12, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Looting Louisiana: How the Jindal administration is helping Big Oil rip off a cash-strapped state   |   May 7, 2015
Louisiana is in the throes of a budget crisis, with the state facing a $1.6 billion deficit for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has proposed...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

Fracking-induced earthquakes highlighted in new USGS map   |   April 24, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday released a landmark new study and map highlighting the location and frequency of earthquakes thought to be...

 

Louisiana tribe renews fight for federal recognition in the face of sinking lands, environmental disasters   |   April 23, 2015
On the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Houma Nation (UHN) of southern Louisiana is taking yet another stand in its 30-year campaign to win...

 

Earth Day: What are we fighting for?   |   April 22, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with 'cynical' anti-solar campaign   |   April 7, 2015
A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American...

 

Insufficient data and loose regulations worsen fracking's impact, studies find   |   April 6, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams A slew of studies released last week, each examining different aspects of the fossil fuel extraction method known as "fracking," provide...

 

What the Atlantic Coast should brace for if offshore drilling gets approved   |   March 27, 2015
On March 26, the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and the Gulf Future Coalition held a conference call on which people of the Gulf Coast talked about what Atlantic...

 

Naomi Klein: Shock of oil price plunge is opportunity world must seize   |   March 26, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams As part of the Guardian newspaper's recently launched "keep it in the ground" campaign, Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein...

 

Atlantic drilling opponents speak out in record numbers   |   March 18, 2015
When the Obama administration released the initial schedule of public meetings to take comments on the proposal to open an area of the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia to...

 

NC lawmaker behind stealth attempt to block fracking air pollution rules a top recipient of oil and gas money   |   March 6, 2015
This week the North Carolina House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have changed air pollution rules for natural gas drilling sites. The proposal was sponsored...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The growing oil train threat   |   February 27, 2015
Train carloads of oil and ethanol expected to be hauled by rail in the U.S. this year: nearly 900,000 Since 2008, percent increase in train carloads of oil being hauled in the U....