Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

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...