Categories & Tags: oil and gas industry

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

Fracking-induced earthquakes highlighted in new USGS map   |   April 24, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday released a landmark new study and map highlighting the location and frequency of earthquakes thought to be...

 

Insufficient data and loose regulations worsen fracking's impact, studies find   |   April 6, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams A slew of studies released last week, each examining different aspects of the fossil fuel extraction method known as "fracking," provide...

 

What the Atlantic Coast should brace for if offshore drilling gets approved   |   March 27, 2015
On March 26, the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and the Gulf Future Coalition held a conference call on which people of the Gulf Coast talked about what Atlantic...

 

Naomi Klein: Shock of oil price plunge is opportunity world must seize   |   March 26, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams As part of the Guardian newspaper's recently launched "keep it in the ground" campaign, Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein...

 

Atlantic drilling opponents speak out in record numbers   |   March 18, 2015
When the Obama administration released the initial schedule of public meetings to take comments on the proposal to open an area of the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia to...

 

NC lawmaker behind stealth attempt to block fracking air pollution rules a top recipient of oil and gas money   |   March 6, 2015
This week the North Carolina House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have changed air pollution rules for natural gas drilling sites. The proposal was sponsored...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The growing oil train threat   |   February 27, 2015
Train carloads of oil and ethanol expected to be hauled by rail in the U.S. this year: nearly 900,000 Since 2008, percent increase in train carloads of oil being hauled in the U....

 

Offshore wind beats drilling for jobs and energy in the Southeast   |   January 21, 2015
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling -- and it would avoid...

 

Top Democrat pushes for Senate vote to approve Keystone XL pipeline   |   November 14, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is currently embattled in a runoff race to retain her seat from a Republican challenger, announced...

 

How Big Petro's candidates fared in NC legislative races   |   November 14, 2014
This was the first year that the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association for the U.S. oil and gas industry, made independent expenditures in the North Carolina...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

Big Energy's outside spending in North Carolina: Who benefits?   |   October 31, 2014
A growing force in politics today, outside spending groups -- also known as independent spending groups because they're not allowed to coordinate with parties or campaigns --...

 

NC regulators agree to hear case for fracking air pollution rules   |   October 16, 2014
The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with crafting state regulations for oil and gas drilling, has agreed to consider an environmental advocacy group...

 

For oil and gas companies, rigging seems to involve wages, too   |   September 29, 2014
By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers -- men and women often performing high-risk jobs --...

 

Meet the gas industry front group exploiting the homeless to promote NC fracking   |   September 18, 2014
More than 500 people showed up at a public hearing held last week at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina to weigh in on proposed rules for fracking in the...

 

Faulty shale gas wells contaminated drinking water in two states   |   September 15, 2014
Drinking water has been contaminated in Texas and Pennsylvania as a result of shale gas drilling, and the cause was faulty gas wells, a new study has found. Scientists from Duke...

 

The environmental prosecution gap   |   August 25, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest With reports of a $16 billion Justice Department settlement with Bank of America following on the heels of other big payouts by misbehaving...

 

Koch-backed group involved in Senate race in NC faces complaint for misleading IRS on political spending   |   August 14, 2014
A campaign finance watchdog has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the 60 Plus Association, a 501(c)(4) "social welfare" nonprofit based in...

 

The money behind Big Oil's win on Atlantic drilling   |   July 23, 2014
In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC still fighting the science of sea-level rise   |   May 22, 2014
Number of scientific papers that have been published this month reporting that the collapse of major Antarctic glaciers now "appears unstoppable" due to climate change:...

 

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...

 

Targeting the climate culprits   |   May 9, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The new U.S. National Climate Assessment makes for sobering reading. In a document of more than 800 pages, it shows that climate change is not...

 

Family wins fracking suit in legal blow to industry   |   April 24, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what is being called a legal blow to the fracking industry, on Tuesday a Texas family was awarded $3 million in the first ever verdict to be...