Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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....

 

Oil workers dig in for historic fight against industry giants over crucial safety rules   |   February 26, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Four weeks into the largest nationwide strike by oil plant workers in 36 years, the fight over critical safety standards in a deadly industry has...

 

Southern Company caught promoting bad climate science again   |   February 26, 2015
Last week Fortune magazine named the Southern Company a top utility for the sixth year in a row, citing its "wise use of corporate assets" and "social...

 

War between the states brewing over Atlantic drilling   |   February 20, 2015
Hundreds of people showed up this week at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina for a public hearing on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Despite a winter storm that left much of...

 

Safety is life-or-death, say refinery strikers   |   February 13, 2015
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities...

 

Protests around the South target fossil fuels in run-up to Global Divestment Day   |   February 13, 2015
Residents of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia gathered this week outside a country store, rural county courthouses, a Baptist church and a school library to protest the fossil...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A year after Duke Energy's coal ash disaster, protections still lacking   |   February 6, 2015
Date on which a pipe collapsed beneath a coal ash waste impoundment at Duke Energy's retired Dan River power plant in North Carolina near the Virginia border: 2/2/2014 Tons...

 

Green groups back oil worker strike   |   February 4, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, environmental groups are throwing their full support behind oil industry workers who on Sunday...

 

Amid gas drilling boom, investigators warn of systemic pipeline safety hazards   |   January 30, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams A day after a pipeline exploded in West Virginia sending flames "hundreds of feet into the air," a new report by federal...

 

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

Offshore wind beats drilling for jobs and energy in the Southeast   |   January 21, 2015
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling -- and it would avoid...

 

Could Duke Energy's coal ash be headed to a mine near you?   |   January 14, 2015
A Duke Energy contractor is seeking permission from North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from existing dumpsites at the utility giant's power plants...

 

Nationwide rallies planned as fight over Keystone XL reaches pinnacle   |   January 13, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams In response to key developments related to the Keystone XL pipeline in recent days, climate activists across the U.S. have scheduled local rallies...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting Duke Energy's coal ash dumping plans   |   January 9, 2015
Date on which the commissioners of Lee County, North Carolina passed a resolution opposing Duke Energy's plans to dump toxic coal ash from distant power plants at a former...

 

Could separation of powers lawsuit sink NC fracking?   |   January 8, 2015
With North Carolina expected to begin issuing fracking permits as early as this spring, a conservation group and a landowner have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the...

 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline meetings get underway amid growing landowner resistance   |   January 5, 2015
The energy companies planning to build a 550 mile-long natural gas pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia and eastern North Carolina are launching a series of public...

 

Duke Energy invests heavily in GOP governors   |   December 23, 2014
On Oct. 21, two weeks before the general election, Duke Energy of North Carolina, the nation's largest utility, sent the Republican Governors Association (RGA) the largest...

 

VOICES: Bayou Rising draws attention to climate change impacts on Louisiana's coast   |   December 23, 2014
By Danielle Adams, special to Facing South With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill approaching, hundreds of climate activists...

 

EPA gives weak protections to communities threatened by toxic coal ash   |   December 22, 2014
This week marks six years since the dam of a coal ash holding pond collapsed at TVA's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, dumping a billion gallons of toxic waste into...

 

NC's ongoing coal ash regulatory disaster shows urgency of EPA action   |   December 11, 2014
It's been 10 months since a pipe broke beneath a coal ash waste pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, sending 39,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan...

 

As climate talks open, human rights issues take the spotlight   |   December 4, 2014
By Marianne Lavelle, The Daily Climate For all the flack the U.N. climate talks have taken over the past 20 years, one major achievement will be on display as the next round of...

 

Top Democrat pushes for Senate vote to approve Keystone XL pipeline   |   November 14, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is currently embattled in a runoff race to retain her seat from a Republican challenger, announced...

 

How Big Petro's candidates fared in NC legislative races   |   November 14, 2014
This was the first year that the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association for the U.S. oil and gas industry, made independent expenditures in the North Carolina...

 

The Steyer story: Election coverage gone bad   |   November 3, 2014
By Peter Dykstra, The Daily Climate I have no idea who will win tomorrow, or whether the Republicans will capture control of the U.S. Senate. Pollsters, TV pundits and the...

 

Big Energy's outside spending in North Carolina: Who benefits?   |   October 31, 2014
A growing force in politics today, outside spending groups -- also known as independent spending groups because they're not allowed to coordinate with parties or campaigns --...