Energy and Environment

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...

 

NC renewable energy repeal advanced by committee despite losing vote   |   May 8, 2013
Last week North Carolina's Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to repeal the state's renewable energy standard in a controversial voice vote where the outcome was...

 

The BP spin doctor is in   |   May 8, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf The last few weeks in the media world have been particularly damaging to BP. Despite their best efforts to muffle the continuing effects of the...

 

North Carolina: A banana republic for dirty energy interests?   |   May 3, 2013
Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics this week at the North Carolina legislature to advance a bill repealing the state's groundbreaking renewable power program. In...

 

UN human rights group calls for investigation of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia   |   May 2, 2013
After visiting West Virginia communities affected by mountaintop removal coal mining, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights is calling for an investigation...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Wal-Mart goes green?   |   May 1, 2013
Percent increase Wal-Mart plans for its renewable energy production or procurement by 2020, according to a recent announcement from the Arkansas-based retail giant: 600 Kilowatt-...

 

Ad campaign puts Arkansas oil spill images before Keystone XL decision makers   |   April 29, 2013
An ad campaign featuring images of Exxon Mobil's Arkansas oil spill disaster is targeting the federal regulators in charge of approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline...

 

How renewable energy won in North Carolina   |   April 25, 2013
A bill that would have ended North Carolina's renewable energy program was voted down this week by a state House committee in a bipartisan vote by a surprisingly wide margin...

 

A turning point on mountaintop removal?   |   April 24, 2013
There were two important developments this week on mountaintop removal mining that represent setbacks to the Appalachian coal industry and a boost to groups fighting the...

 

Three years after the BP disaster, an urgent call for feds to address health effects   |   April 23, 2013
Gulf Coast advocates representing environmental, fishing, faith and other groups throughout the region have written a letter to a host of federal agencies documenting ongoing...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Three years into the BP disaster   |   April 19, 2013
In the three years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil, number of bills enacted by...

 

BP head defends dispersant use as Gulf Coast communities speak out at shareholder meeting   |   April 18, 2013
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf Last week, three delegates from the Gulf Coast attended BP's Annual General Meeting in London and spoke about ongoing impacts of company's...

 

Coal, poor water management endanger Southern rivers   |   April 17, 2013
A national water protection advocacy group has released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers, and it includes four in the South at risk from coal and poor water...

 

The strange politics of TVA privatization   |   April 16, 2013
In his latest budget plan released last week, President Obama pitched the idea of selling off the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the federally owned and self-financing...

 

Arkansas TV stations pull ad criticizing Exxon after legal threats   |   April 11, 2013
A satirical ad criticizing Exxon Mobil that was set to air this week on Arkansas TV stations was pulled at the last minute after the company threatened legal action. The Irving...

 

Drowning in industry in Houston's East End   |   April 11, 2013
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf If you want to get a sense of what the Keystone XL pipeline would do to Gulf Coast communities (and which communities will bear the brunt of...

 

NC attorney general asked to probe possible fracking conflicts of interest in state government   |   April 5, 2013
An environmental watchdog group opposed to fracking has called on the North Carolina attorney general to investigate apparent financial conflicts of interest and what it calls a...

 

Will hog farmers save renewable energy in North Carolina?   |   April 4, 2013
The North Carolina legislature is considering a controversial bill to kill the state's renewable energy law, and a big crowd turned out yesterday for its first hearing in a...

 

The nationwide war on state renewable energy standards comes to North Carolina   |   April 2, 2013
A bill to repeal North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy law is scheduled to get a hearing on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. before the state House Commerce and Job...

 

Exxon Mobil hit with $1.7M pipeline safety fine days before Arkansas oil spill   |   April 1, 2013
Last Friday afternoon, residents of the central Arkansas community of Mayflower looked on in horror as thousands of barrels of crude oil bubbled up in their yards and poured down...

 

Climate science denier found behind controversial bill to muzzle NC agency representing utility customers   |   March 29, 2013
A North Carolina lawmaker recently introduced a bill that that would have restricted the work of the Public Staff, an independent state agency that represents consumers before the...

 

South's rivers and streams in poor condition, EPA finds   |   March 27, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of its first comprehensive look at the health of rivers and streams nationwide, and it finds that the South's...

 

Drilling deeper: The wealth of business connections for Obama's energy pick   |   March 25, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama nominated Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary earlier this month, he hailed the nuclear physicist as a "brilliant...

 

Obama energy pick led fracking study marred by conflicts of interest   |   March 20, 2013
A watchdog group with a history of digging up conflicts of interest in fracking studies has found previously undisclosed conflicts in research led by President Obama's nominee...