Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

Conservative group demanding climate scientists' emails is less than transparent about its own tax status   |   October 25, 2012
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative nonprofit that lost a controversial lawsuit against the University of Virginia seeking the emails of former professor and leading...

 

Keystone XL pipeline blockaders face arrests, lawsuits in Texas   |   October 22, 2012
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf If TransCanada has its way, almost 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil -- the world's dirtiest, most toxic, and most difficult-to-clean-up-...

 

Frackers continue illegal use of toxic diesel fuels   |   October 18, 2012
An environmental watchdog has discovered that natural gas drillers are continuing to use diesel fuels in fracking operations despite known health hazards -- and in violation of...

 

Lawmakers demand answers from BP over ongoing Gulf oil sheen   |   October 17, 2012
The two leading congressional investigators into the 2010 BP oil disaster are pressing the company to turn over all information related to the ongoing oil sheen in the Gulf of...

 

Scientists find high levels of coal ash contamination in North Carolina rivers and lakes   |   October 15, 2012
Just days after environmental groups filed a complaint with North Carolina regulators to force electric utilities to clean up coal ash contamination of groundwater found across...

 

Complaint seeks cleanup of coal ash groundwater contamination across North Carolina   |   October 11, 2012
Conservation groups have filed a complaint asking the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to require cleanup of groundwater contamination seeping from unlined...

 

Did attorney for climate science attack group violate ethics rules?   |   October 10, 2012
Last month the American Tradition Institute was handed a legal setback when a Virginia circuit court judge ruled that the University of Virginia did not have to turn over...

 

The anti-scientists on the House Science Committee   |   October 9, 2012
Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia has ignited controversy with his recent remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the...

 

Keystone XL pipeline blockade continues in Texas   |   October 3, 2012
A nonviolent direct action is underway in Texas seeking to block construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline planned to carry tar sands oil from Canada to Gulf Coast...

 

Duke Energy submitted improper charges for ratepayers to pick up   |   October 2, 2012
An energy watchdog group reports that Duke Energy submitted improper charges as part of recent North Carolina rate hike cases, including expenses related to lobbying, political...

 

Community groups sue EPA over oil refinery pollution   |   October 2, 2012
A coalition of community organizations has filed a citizen lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency seeking stricter limits on air pollution from oil refineries....

 

New evidence confirms that fracking endangers groundwater   |   September 28, 2012
The U.S. Geological Survey released two reports this week confirming that fracking for natural gas has led to groundwater contamination -- a fact that has been contested by the...

 

The trillion-gallon loophole: Lax rules for drillers that inject pollutants into the earth   |   September 24, 2012
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There,...