Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

NC, VA governors press feds to move on Atlantic oil and gas exploration permits   |   November 10, 2015
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia want federal regulators to hurry up and approve seismic testing for oil and gas reserves along the Atlantic Coast — even though...

 

Big Oil's exaggerated claims in new pro-Atlantic drilling ads   |   November 5, 2015
The oil and gas industry has run into a roadblock in its drive to drill the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia: staunch opposition in coastal communities that would be most...

 

Duke Energy seeks $120K fine against nonprofit challenging its solar monopoly   |   November 2, 2015
Duke Energy, which last year reported a profit of almost $2 billion, is seeking a $120,000 fine against a nonprofit for trying to undermine the company's solar power sales...

 

Feds underestimated risks of Atlantic offshore oil and gas exploration, new data shows   |   October 29, 2015
Environmental groups are calling on the federal government to halt seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas reserves given new data that suggests it's underestimating the...

 

Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas merger would create a political powerhouse   |   October 28, 2015
Three years after Duke Energy bought Progress Energy for $32 billion and became the nation's largest electric utility, it again wants to combine forces with a North Carolina-...

 

VOICES: An unbelievable achievement in the fight against offshore drilling   |   October 22, 2015
By Frank Knapp, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce How hard is it to get 100 percent agreement or participation on anything? It's never done. Never! Well, that remarkable...

 

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill   |   October 20, 2015
Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session...

 

Enviros take NC settlement over Duke Energy coal ash pollution to court   |   October 14, 2015
The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a legal action this week on behalf of conservation groups seeking to overturn a controversial $7 million settlement between Duke Energy...

 

Will historic SC floods wash away state leaders' climate science denial?   |   October 8, 2015
South Carolina continues to assess the damage from the historic rains that fell between Friday and Monday and dumped as much as 20 inches of rain in some parts of the state. At...

 

Climate justice advocates take aim at Duke Energy's corporate charter   |   October 7, 2015
Arguing that utility giant Duke Energy is violating its corporate charter by failing to act in the public interest, an alliance of advocacy groups is calling on North Carolina...

 

Torrential rain raises concerns at Duke Energy coal ash dams   |   October 5, 2015
As record-breaking rains deluged the Carolinas over the weekend, N.C. environmental officials responded to reports of problems at Duke Energy dams holding back millions of tons of...

 

NC communities facing coal ash dangers unite for action   |   September 24, 2015
When a pipe collapsed at a Duke Energy coal plant in North Carolina last year, sending tens of thousands of tons of toxic coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated water...

 

For Latino voters, environment as important as immigration   |   September 16, 2015
Environmental organizations in the U.S. are staffed nearly entirely by whites with little representation by people of color, contributing to a perception that communities of color...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who's behind the latest assault on the Southeast's lone renewable energy standard?   |   September 11, 2015
Date on which the American Energy Alliance (AEA) sponsored a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina legislature to push for a freeze of the state's renewable energy...

 

300+ East Coast businesses send letter to Obama opposing Atlantic drilling   |   September 10, 2015
More than 300 businesses along the East Coast sent a letter to President Obama this week urging his administration to drop the Atlantic from the proposed plan for offshore oil and...

 

Feds cancel nuclear health study, leaving questions for Tennessee plant's ailing neighbors   |   September 9, 2015
This week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it was canceling a National Academy of Sciences pilot study of cancer risks near U.S. nuclear facilities, citing budget...