air pollution

North Carolina public gets a chance to weigh in on proposed fracking rules   |   July 16, 2014
North Carolina environmental regulators have opened the public comment period on proposed rules for fracking, a controversial drilling technique that involves injecting water,...

 

NC passes fracking law, seeks taxpayer subsidies for industry   |   June 6, 2014
This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that opens up the state to fracking for natural gas. The Energy Modernization Act will allow drilling permits...

 

NC fracking bill orders prison time for disclosing chemicals, ignores health risks   |   May 19, 2014
North Carolina's legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling. One aspect of the...

 

Is a Duke Energy power plant making nearby residents sick?   |   May 1, 2014
This week an environmental advocacy group released a short video that raises questions about whether a Duke Energy power plant and coal ash disposal site in rural North Carolina...

 

Study details link between race, air pollution exposure   |   April 17, 2014
That the color of your skin can be an important factor in determining the quality of the environment where you live is not exactly breaking news, but a new study offers eye-...

 

While Duke Energy dodges taxes, its pollution costs the public dearly   |   February 28, 2014
At the same time Duke Energy is facing scrutiny for a coal ash spill from one of its North Carolina power plants that's polluted the Dan River and Kerr Lake, the company is...

 

Fracking booms, workers busted   |   October 15, 2013
By Jerry Silberman, Labor Notes Fracking is promoted by everyone from the CEO of Exxon to President Obama as the solution to climate change, economic growth, jobs, and energy...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

Drowning in industry in Houston's East End   |   April 11, 2013
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf If you want to get a sense of what the Keystone XL pipeline would do to Gulf Coast communities (and which communities will bear the brunt of...

 

South's rivers and streams in poor condition, EPA finds   |   March 27, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of its first comprehensive look at the health of rivers and streams nationwide, and it finds that the South's...

 

Obama energy pick led fracking study marred by conflicts of interest   |   March 20, 2013
A watchdog group with a history of digging up conflicts of interest in fracking studies has found previously undisclosed conflicts in research led by President Obama's nominee...

 

Will Gov. McCrory help his friend Duke Energy capture the N.C. Utility Commission?   |   February 13, 2013
This is a critical moment for North Carolina's energy future, as a packed public hearing held in Raleigh this week showed -- and there are growing concerns that the politician...

 

Louisiana governor continues to ignore growing bayou sinkhole   |   January 16, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf Over five months since the Texas Brine sinkhole first appeared over the Napoleonville Salt Dome, residents of Bayou Corne, Louisiana continue...

 

NC governor-elect vows immediate action to begin drilling off Atlantic coast   |   January 2, 2013
The Southeast could soon be reaping the benefits and costs of offshore drilling for oil and gas if North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory (R) has his way. Speaking this afternoon...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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-...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...