Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

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...