Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

Environmental health risks detailed at Louisiana bayou sinkhole disaster site   |   August 22, 2012
An environmental advocacy group has released analyses of state air and water sampling data collected at the site of the Texas Brine salt cavern sinkhole where radioactive oil...

 

A win for clean water in South Carolina coal ash storage lawsuit   |   August 21, 2012
A clean-water advocacy group has reached a settlement with South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) in a lawsuit over storage of toxic coal ash at its Wateree power plant in...

 

Duke Energy under pressure to disclose hidden ratepayer costs   |   August 20, 2012
An energy watchdog group is pressuring Duke Energy to disclose what could amount to billions of dollars in costs to ratepayers that it kept under wraps until after its takeover of...

 

UT-Austin appoints gas industry insider to lead probe into fracking study conflicts   |   August 14, 2012
The University of Texas at Austin recently came under fire for releasing a study of groundwater contamination from fracking that it promoted as independent of industry when the...

 

Environmental disaster on Louisiana bayou highlights radioactive hazards of oil and gas drilling   |   August 14, 2012
Along with a massive sinkhole, anger is growing in Assumption Parish, La. as details emerge that state and corporate officials knew for over a year about the potential for...

 

Mysterious environmental disaster unfolding in Louisiana bayou community atop gas storage caves   |   August 9, 2012
By Karen Savage, Bridge the Gulf Ashley Alleman and her husband knew something was wrong months ago. Amid reports of unexplained bubbling in nearby Bayou Corne, they’d been...

 

Lawsuit seeks better regulation of oil spill dispersants   |   August 8, 2012
A coalition of fishing, conservation, wildlife and public health groups based in the Gulf Coast and Alaska has filed a citizen lawsuit under the federal Clean Water Act to force...

 

Southern leaders fiddle while coasts threatened with drowning   |   August 7, 2012
Sea levels around the world are rising because of expanding oceans and melting of land-based ice caused by global warming, and scientists have warned that rising seas coupled with...

 

Video documents miner, state police harassment of mountaintop removal protesters in West Virginia   |   August 2, 2012
Activists are calling for a federal investigation of police brutality for actions during a July 28 mountaintop removal mining protest in rural Lincoln County, W.Va. One of 20...

 

Study that downplayed fracking risks was led by gas industry insider   |   August 1, 2012
Earlier this year, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin released a study of fracking with great fanfare, promoting the research as peer-reviewed science...

 

Anti-mining protests heat up in West Virginia as evidence of damage builds   |   July 30, 2012
Protests are heating up over mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia at the same time new scientific evidence has emerged of the damage such surface mining is causing to human...

 

Backlash over Duke-Progress merger intensifies   |   July 27, 2012
The storm of controversy over Duke Energy's $32 billion merger with Progress Energy is intensifying, with the Charlotte, N.C.-based company facing a credit downgrade,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Protesting BP's Olympic greenwash   |   July 27, 2012
Number of people arrested last week following a protest at the Olympic Clock in London's Trafalgar Square, where activists posing as representatives of BP and other notorious...

 

How NC House leaders tried to manipulate the fracking vote   |   July 25, 2012
New information has come to light about the political gamesmanship behind the controversial late-night vote to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and it reveals a...

 

VOICES: Cover story distracts from real reason Duke Energy merger might fail   |   July 23, 2012
By Jim Warren, NC WARN The Duke-Progress scandal is fascinating for many reasons. But that cover story -- corporate culture and personalities -- was used to distract from several...

 

Climate science attack group turns sights on Texas professors   |   July 19, 2012
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative think tank with financial ties to fossil fuel interests, made headlines last year for a controversial freedom of information...

 

Understanding the BP oil spill's health impacts (video)   |   July 16, 2012
A scientific study underway along the Gulf Coast is looking at toxic components of crude oil in seafood in order to understand the BP oil disaster's impacts on human and...

 

The big money behind the assault against sea level rise science in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2012
A bill that would block North Carolina agencies from considering the latest science of sea level rise in making planning decisions has gotten a lot of attention nationally -- from...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states where fracking is taking place that do not require any public disclosure of the chemicals used in in the controversial drilling process are in the South, and...

 

Southern states lack adequate disclosure of fracking's chemical hazards   |   July 9, 2012
Most of the states that do not require any public disclosure of toxic chemicals used in fracking are in the South, and Southern states are also among those with weak disclosure...

 

Pro-fracking NC lawmakers cozied up with scandal-plagued gas company   |   July 5, 2012
Before voting to allow fracking in North Carolina, state lawmakers took two fact-finding trips to Pennsylvania -- and a gas company that's now facing multiple federal and...

 

Duke-Progress merger wins final approval amid scrutiny over secret rate deals, leadership shakeup   |   July 3, 2012
South Carolina regulators approved the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy yesterday, the final step in the North Carolina power giants' quest to create the nation's...

 

The crazy late-night vote that legalized fracking in North Carolina   |   July 3, 2012
The controversial practice of fracking -- heavily pushed by energy interests and most Republicans, staunchly opposed by environmentalists and most Democrats -- had been debated...