Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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....

 

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...