Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

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...