Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

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...

 

INVESTIGATIVE SERIES: The Drive to Drill   |   August 15, 2015
In 2015, Facing South published "The Drive to Drill," a three-part series by Sue Sturgis about the politics behind the push for oil and gas drilling off the coast of...

 

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...