Categories & Tags: Energy and Environment

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...

 

RESTORE Act offers Gulf Coast a shot at economic mobility after the oil spill nightmare   |   July 3, 2012
By Jeffrey Buchanan, Oxfam America Out of the tragedy of the 2010 BP oil disaster, we could soon see hope emerge. New legislation, the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act, just...

 

Who's behind petition opposing coal ash regulation with hundreds of bogus Chinese names?   |   July 2, 2012
Last year a group called "Citizens for Recycling First" submitted a petition to the White House opposing strict federal regulations for coal ash, the toxic-laden waste...

 

Federal court rejects Virginia attorney general's effort to block climate action   |   June 27, 2012
A federal court has rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that unregulated greenhouse gas...

 

NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill   |   June 22, 2012
This week the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate voted to legalize fracking for natural gas in the state, following the lead of the Republican House, which approved the...

 

The Pope machine's wacky attack on the science of sea level rise   |   June 21, 2012
Art Pope's powerful conservative political network has long played a lead role in challenging mainstream climate science in North Carolina. Now it's also raging against...

 

Will NC lawmakers let fracking industry fund its own regulators?   |   June 20, 2012
One of the concerns fracking opponents have raised during the debate over legalizing the controversial method of natural gas drilling in North Carolina is how the state -- which...