Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

NC hog farm threatened with citizen lawsuit over water pollution   |   January 15, 2014
Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the owners and operators of a massive hog farm in eastern North Carolina for illegally discharging animal waste that's...

 

WV water contamination exposes chemical hazards of coal power   |   January 13, 2014
Most Americans are aware of the pollution hazards associated with the mining and burning of coal. The water contamination disaster that began unfolding last week in West Virginia...

 

More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety   |   January 6, 2014
The frequently asked questions page of the oil and gas industry's website promoting fracking poses the query, "Is the groundwater safe?" This is the industry's...

 

State of the Environmental Justice Executive Order after 20 years   |   January 6, 2014
By Dr. Robert D. Bullard This February 11, 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the historic Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898 signed by President Clinton. In...

 

Study finds shift to 'dark money' in climate denial effort   |   December 23, 2013
By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate The largest, most-consistent money fueling the climate denial movement are a number of well-funded conservative foundations built with so-...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A call for racial justice in energy policy   |   December 20, 2013
Date on which the NAACP released a report looking at state energy policy from a racial justice angle: 12/17/2013 Of the three states* the report found to have the best energy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Courts weigh polluter challenges to cleaner air   |   December 13, 2013
Number of cases U.S. courts heard this week challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting health-damaging air pollution from power plants: 2 Number of the nation...

 

After a political setback in NC, ALEC retools assault on renewable energy   |   December 13, 2013
After turning back a political assault on its groundbreaking renewable energy law, North Carolina could soon be a proving ground for a new strategy in the corporate-led war on...

 

Duke Energy coal ash poisoning NC lake, study finds   |   December 3, 2013
Pollution from coal ash waste pits at a Duke Energy power plant is killing over 900,000 fish and deforming thousands more each year in an eastern North Carolina lake popular for...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Drastic changes ahead for the Southeast's climate   |   November 15, 2013
According to an extensive new scientific report released this week, degrees Fahrenheit by which the average temperature in the Southeast* is expected to rise this century: 9...

 

In Louisiana, a former Army commander goes to war against Big Oil   |   October 31, 2013
With the trial of BP for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster still underway, and with controversy raging over a lawsuit filed against oil companies for eroding Louisiana's...

 

What happened after Congress passed a climate change law? Very little   |   October 16, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising -- i.e., that climate change is happening....

 

Fracking booms, workers busted   |   October 15, 2013
By Jerry Silberman, Labor Notes Fracking is promoted by everyone from the CEO of Exxon to President Obama as the solution to climate change, economic growth, jobs, and energy...

 

NC lawmakers earn record low grades on the environment   |   October 14, 2013
The North Carolina General Assembly drew national attention this year for its aggressive efforts to reverse progress on civil rights, tax fairness, and social safety net programs...

 

New report confirms what we already know, BP issues denial   |   October 8, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf According to a report published last month, BP's oil will be fouling up the Gulf sea bed for "decades." The study, which has been...

 

Federal court orders EPA to get moving on coal ash rules   |   October 3, 2013
A federal judge has sided with environmental and public health advocacy groups and ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to put regulations in place for the safe...

 

Dangerous levels of radioactivity found where treated fracking wastewater is discharged   |   October 2, 2013
A new study by Duke University scientists has found elevated levels of radioactivity and other pollution in river water and sediments at a site where treated wastewater from oil...

 

Corporate watchdogs call for ouster of BP CEO   |   September 30, 2013
Corporate watchdogs are pressuring BP to fire CEO Bob Dudley, who they accuse of trying to keep the oil giant from honoring its obligations to the Gulf Coast in the wake of the...

 

VOICES: Tony Hayward got his life back, now how about ours?   |   September 23, 2013
By Joey Yerkes, Bridge the Gulf According to a recent multi-million dollar ad campaign, everything is back to normal again across the Gulf. I guess Tony got his life back too. I...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Promoting the myth of 'sustainable coal'   |   September 13, 2013
Month in which a group of prominent Democrats formed the CoalBlue Project to promote the idea of "sustainable coal": 7/2013 Number of weeks after President Obama laid...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Forced fracking for North Carolina?   |   September 5, 2013
Date on which the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will review regulatory recommendations from a study group that call for allowing what's known as "forced pooling...

 

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...