Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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,...

 

Report details fracking's economic toll on local communities   |   September 21, 2012
The environmental and health risks of fracking for natural gas -- including contaminated water and polluted air -- have been well-documented. But the controversial drilling...

 

University of Virginia prevails against climate science attack group   |   September 18, 2012
A Virginia circuit court judge has ruled that the University of Virginia does not have to turn over thousands of former professor Michael Mann's e-mails to the American...

 

Oil and water create an uncertain future in the Southern wild   |   September 14, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf Cajun fishing and hunting guide Ryan Lambert has weathered his share of storms over the years. He rebuilt his house and lodge deep in the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A bright moment for solar power, but clouds ahead?   |   September 14, 2012
Percent by which the U.S. solar energy market grew between the first and second quarters of 2012: 45 Rank of 2012's second quarter among the solar market's best quarters...

 

On Appalachia Solidarity Day, remembering a mountain hero   |   September 13, 2012
Larry Gibson, a renowned leader in the campaign to end mountaintop removal coal mining, passed away Sunday while working at his home on West Virginia's Kayford Mountain, the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A negligent oil industry dumps on Louisiana during Hurricane Isaac   |   September 7, 2012
Number of oil industry accidents reported in Louisiana so far in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to an analysis by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade: 93 Pounds of pollution...

 

Feds slam BP for gross negligence as oil washes up on storm-wracked Gulf beaches   |   September 6, 2012
With weathered oil believed to be from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster washing up across the Gulf in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and leading to the emergency closure of...

 

Oil, coal spills contaminate Louisiana in Isaac's wake   |   September 4, 2012
As the recovery continues from last week's Hurricane Isaac, details are emerging about oil spills and other toxic pollution left behind in the storm's wake. Staff with...

 

The environmental health costs of a petrochemical future for North Carolina   |   August 30, 2012
A chemical industry trade group is touting a job-creating side benefit of fracking in North Carolina, claiming that building a plant to process natural gas into the petrochemical...

 

Gulf residents warned to be on alert for BP oil in Isaac's wake   |   August 29, 2012
Residents of Gulf states are being warned to stay on alert for the presence of BP oil in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and to report sightings of any oil pollution that washes...

 

Extraction and disclosure   |   August 24, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission often behaves like a watchdog with no teeth, but it has just stood up to intense pressure from big...