Categories & Tags: water pollution

S.C. cleanup results show there's hope after coal ash contamination   |   February 4, 2016
An environmental cleanup project underway in South Carolina shows that moving coal ash from leaky, unlined pits located along waterways leads to immediate, dramatic improvements...

 

NC coal ash victims blast state for downgrading Duke Energy dumpsite risks   |   January 8, 2016
After tens of thousands of tons of coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated water spilled into the Dan River from a waste impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North...

 

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill   |   October 20, 2015
Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session...

 

Enviros take NC settlement over Duke Energy coal ash pollution to court   |   October 14, 2015
The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a legal action this week on behalf of conservation groups seeking to overturn a controversial $7 million settlement between Duke Energy...

 

Torrential rain raises concerns at Duke Energy coal ash dams   |   October 5, 2015
As record-breaking rains deluged the Carolinas over the weekend, N.C. environmental officials responded to reports of problems at Duke Energy dams holding back millions of tons of...

 

NC communities facing coal ash dangers unite for action   |   September 24, 2015
When a pipe collapsed at a Duke Energy coal plant in North Carolina last year, sending tens of thousands of tons of toxic coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated water...

 

The Katrina oil spill disaster: A harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?   |   August 28, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it set off a disaster of many parts — and one of those parts was an oil spill catastrophe. In fact, Katrina...

 

Executive in WV spill pleads guilty, gets his Bentley and millions back   |   August 20, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: The growing resistance to Atlantic oil and gas drilling   |   August 14, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The third in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here. To read the...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Louisiana tribe renews fight for federal recognition in the face of sinking lands, environmental disasters   |   April 23, 2015
On the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Houma Nation (UHN) of southern Louisiana is taking yet another stand in its 30-year campaign to win...

 

Immigrant mothers held in private detention facility in Texas threaten to renew hunger strike   |   April 10, 2015
Mothers held at an immigrant family detention center in Karnes City, Texas who went on a hunger strike last week are threatening to renew their protest next week unless they and...

 

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...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A year after Duke Energy's coal ash disaster, protections still lacking   |   February 6, 2015
Date on which a pipe collapsed beneath a coal ash waste impoundment at Duke Energy's retired Dan River power plant in North Carolina near the Virginia border: 2/2/2014 Tons...

 

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

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...

 

Could Duke Energy's coal ash be headed to a mine near you?   |   January 14, 2015
A Duke Energy contractor is seeking permission from North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from existing dumpsites at the utility giant's power plants...

 

EPA gives weak protections to communities threatened by toxic coal ash   |   December 22, 2014
This week marks six years since the dam of a coal ash holding pond collapsed at TVA's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, dumping a billion gallons of toxic waste into...

 

NC's ongoing coal ash regulatory disaster shows urgency of EPA action   |   December 11, 2014
It's been 10 months since a pipe broke beneath a coal ash waste pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, sending 39,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan...

 

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...

 

Report criticizes EPA oversight of injection wells   |   July 30, 2014
By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica Federal environment officials have failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste...

 

Voter ire over handling of Duke Energy coal ash disaster transcends party politics   |   July 28, 2014
Three-quarters of North Carolinians -- of all political affiliations -- don't think the state legislature has done enough to address Duke Energy's recent coal ash spill...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Letting Duke Energy off the hook for its coal ash mess   |   July 25, 2014
Date on which Duke Energy contractors finished their cleanup of coal ash left in the Dan River by a February spill from one of the company's dumps: 7/3/2014 Estimated tons of...

 

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,...