Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

VOICES: The injustice of BP's criminal plea deal   |   January 29, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf (In New Orleans today, a federal judge approved a deal allowing BP to plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the...

 

Did Duke Energy's secret talks break the law?   |   January 29, 2013
Last year North Carolina-based Duke Energy became the biggest U.S. electric utility in a $32 billion merger shrouded in charges of deceit -- and new evidence raises fresh...

 

Louisiana governor continues to ignore growing bayou sinkhole   |   January 16, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf Over five months since the Texas Brine sinkhole first appeared over the Napoleonville Salt Dome, residents of Bayou Corne, Louisiana continue...

 

VOICES: ALEC leads attack on North Carolina clean energy with Duke Energy funding   |   January 15, 2013
By Connor Gibson, Greenpeace Corporate polluters are taking aim this year at states with renewable energy laws, starting with an attack on North Carolina's clean energy...

 

BP challenges official estimate of oil spilled in Gulf   |   January 14, 2013
Trying to reduce civil liabilities it faces under the federal Clean Water Act, BP filed a legal motion last week to establish that the number of barrels of oil spilled as a result...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Confronting a deepening climate crisis   |   January 11, 2013
Rank of 2012 among the warmest years on record for the contiguous United States: 1 Degrees by which the average 2012 temperature for the lower 48 states exceeded the 20th century...

 

VOICES: TVA board nominees confirmed, but what about the sustainable energy expert?   |   January 10, 2013
By Jimmy Green, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy On the morning of January 1, 2013, the Senate passed the controversial fiscal cliff bill and sent it to the House of...

 

Transocean settlement deal a boost for Gulf restoration efforts   |   January 4, 2013
The Swiss corporation that owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that BP was leasing when its Macondo well blew up off the Louisiana coast in April 2010 has pleaded guilty to...

 

NC governor-elect vows immediate action to begin drilling off Atlantic coast   |   January 2, 2013
The Southeast could soon be reaping the benefits and costs of offshore drilling for oil and gas if North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory (R) has his way. Speaking this afternoon...

 

Four years after Tennessee tragedy, politicians are blocking federal oversight of coal ash   |   December 21, 2012
This Saturday, Dec. 22 marks four years since a massive coal ash impoundment collapsed at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, sending...

 

Former Colo. gov tells N.C. fracking regulators that 'social licensing' is key   |   December 20, 2012
During his term as Colorado governor from 2007 to 2011, Bill Ritter helped reform how the oil and gas industry is regulated in his state, which is in the midst of a drilling boom...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is the South's energy future blowing in the offshore wind?   |   December 14, 2012
Date on which the U.S. Interior Department announced it would open areas off the North Carolina coast for building commercial wind farms: 12/12/12 Number of square miles the...

 

For controversial fracking researcher, a disclosure lesson unlearned?   |   December 12, 2012
A professor who left the University of Texas at Austin following a scandal over his failure to disclose his oil and gas industry connections is now heading up a nonprofit,...

 

BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare   |   December 7, 2012
By Kristen Lombardi, Center for Public Integrity By now images of the April 2010 Gulf oil spill are indelible: The rig engulfed in smoke, oil gushing into the ocean, beaches...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy merger settlements leave watchdogs barking mad   |   December 6, 2012
Date on which Duke Energy settled both the N.C. Utilities Commission's and attorney general's investigations into its controversial $32 billion merger with Progress Energy...

 

Pollution from oil refinery accidents on the rise in Louisiana   |   December 3, 2012
The problem of toxic pollution from oil refinery accidents was on vivid display for residents of Norco, La. during the town's Christmas parade on Sunday, when the Motiva...

 

Latest sanction against BP goes beyond Gulf spill   |   November 29, 2012
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP's "lack of business integrity...

 

Is North Carolina's renewable energy law in jeopardy?   |   November 28, 2012
In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to pass a law requiring investor-owned utilities to produce more energy from cleaner sources or from greater...

 

The unequal burden of coal plant pollution   |   November 21, 2012
Nearly six million U.S. residents live within three miles of a coal-burning power plant -- but those heavily polluting facilities are not distributed equally throughout the...

 

With record criminal settlement reached over Gulf disaster, what lies ahead for BP and its victims?   |   November 16, 2012
The oil giant BP announced yesterday that it reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the criminal case over its 2010...

 

Gas drilling drags down home values in communities that depend on well water   |   November 13, 2012
A study that examined the impact of shale gas development on housing values in a county at the center of the U.S. drilling boom found that energy extraction can present a mixed...

 

BP disaster survivors removed from federal courtroom during fairness hearing   |   November 12, 2012
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf Three BP oil disaster survivors and community advocates were forcibly removed from the fairness hearing on the BP class-action settlement last...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Superstorm Sandy's climate wake-up call   |   November 2, 2012
Death toll so far from Hurricane Sandy: 165 Number of those deaths in the United States: 96 Width in miles of Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record: 1,100 Width in...

 

Who pays for extreme weather?   |   November 2, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest As the northeast begins to recover from the ravages of Sandy, there are estimates that the giant storm caused some $20 billion in property...

 

Petro powerhouse Koch Industries boosts investments in North Carolina politics   |   November 1, 2012
Koch Industries, the Kansas-based oil and chemical conglomerate whose owners Charles and David Koch have played a leading role in financing the fight against government regulation...