Energy and Environment

Under siege by tar sands, Gulf Coast 'draws the line'   |   September 4, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf The first time I saw a picture pertaining to tar sands extraction was on Marty Cobenais' computer. We were both attending an event in...

 

In oil-producing regions, even minor hurricanes cause major environmental damage   |   August 21, 2013
We're now approaching the peak of hurricane season, with forecasters predicting a higher-than-average number of storms this year. As many as three to five are expected to...

 

Three years after BP, Gulf fishermen struggle to survive   |   August 19, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf "Hey, boss … I don't know if they're here. It don't look real promising," Bob called out to David Arnesen with a...

 

The Bayou Corne sinkhole is one year old   |   August 15, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf One year after the discovery of the now nearly 24-acre Texas Brine Sinkhole in Bayou Corne, Louisiana, area residents gathered at the home of...

 

New study finds high levels of arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites   |   August 13, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Killer goo imperils Florida waters   |   August 9, 2013
Number of manatees that have died over the past year in Florida's Indian River estuary due to a massive algae bloom caused by sewage, manure and fertilizer runoff known as...

 

Louisiana coastal damages lawsuit provokes wrath of Big Oil's political friends   |   August 8, 2013
After the Hurricane Katrina disaster drew scrutiny to Louisiana's flood-control efforts, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 to allow...

 

NC legislature slows fracking rush, renews push for offshore drilling   |   July 29, 2013
North Carolina has a governor and legislative leadership eager to welcome the natural gas industry to the state. But in the legislative session that ended last week, that...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

Mobile, Ala. residents call on city to pass tar sands-free resolution   |   July 23, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf Area residents are calling on the city of Mobile, Ala. to pass a resolution to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of local...

 

Watchdog slams Duke Energy's 'sweetheart deal' for NC coal ash contamination   |   July 17, 2013
The proposed settlement announced this week between Duke Energy and North Carolina environmental regulators over the utility giant's ongoing contamination of drinking water...

 

Fracking's democracy disconnect   |   July 15, 2013
Though North Carolina lawmakers have acted aggressively to promote fracking, it turns out the majority of the state's residents oppose the controversial method of gas drilling...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A looming legal battle over hog farm pollution in North Carolina   |   July 12, 2013
Number of Eastern North Carolina residents who this month notified Virginia-based pork giant Smithfield Foods that they plan to sue over the company's hog farm pollution,...

 

NC lawmakers embrace Koch-backed pledge against climate action   |   July 11, 2013
The political clout of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch of the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate is hardly news, but a fresh investigation provides...

 

Clean water advocates criticize limited EPA hearing on coal plant water pollution   |   July 9, 2013
Coal-fired power plants are a major source of water pollution, contributing over half of all toxic pollutants including cancer-causing arsenic, lead and mercury that's...

 

Fracking chemical disclosure divides North Carolina officials   |   July 2, 2013
Requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking for oil and natural gas has proven to be a controversial issue in the states -- and in North Carolina the issue has...

 

Southern coal plants top list of worst carbon polluters targeted by Obama climate plan   |   June 26, 2013
Pointing out that "Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction," President Obama bypassed Congress and outlined a plan this week to use his...

 

Duke Energy caught making illegal charges to customers   |   June 18, 2013
A watchdog group is calling on North Carolina utility regulators to assess at least $5 million in penalties against Charlotte-based Duke Energy for making tens of millions of...

 

North Carolina racks up new clean-energy jobs amid anti-renewables assault   |   June 5, 2013
At the same time some of its politicians are trying to repeal the state's renewable energy standard, North Carolina is emerging as a national leader in creating clean-energy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Nervous fossil-fuel giants turn to the sun   |   May 31, 2013
Month in which the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade group representing investor-owned U.S. utilities, released a report warning that the growing number of solar panels...

 

No relief in sight for Alabama community sickened by chemical spill   |   May 30, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf It's a pungent, nauseating smell, so strong you can literally taste it. For nearly two years, it has blanketed the Eight Mile neighborhood of...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...

 

Environmental groups spur NC legal action against Duke Energy coal ash pollution   |   May 23, 2013
Under legal pressure from environmental advocates, North Carolina regulators are seeking court orders to force Duke Energy to clean up groundwater contamination from unlined coal...

 

Sue Sturgis wins 'Green Tie Award' for environmental coverage   |   May 20, 2013
Facing South is proud to announce that editorial director Sue Sturgis has been honored with a "Green Tie Award" from the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters for...

 

Carrying water for an end to mountaintop removal   |   May 10, 2013
Residents of Appalachia brought over 100 gallons of polluted drinking water to the Washington, D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency this week to call attention to...