February 7, 2016

PA Fracker Can’t Keep Pollution Tests From Residents

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other pollution tests that a consultant performed at company gas wells and related facilities
By Matt Fair, Law360, January 29, 2016

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other Continue reading

Living in the Shadow of Danger

Poverty, race and unequal chemical facility hazards
By Center for Effective Government, January 2016

Download the full Report as a pdf.
And don’t forget about Flint, Michigan.

Chemical Facility

Executive Summary

Over 12,500 facilities in the United States use or store such large quantities of extremely dangerous chemicals that they must submit … Continue reading

CA to Investigate Whether Exxon Mobil Lied About Climate-Change Risks

Did Exxon Mobil’s actions amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws?
By Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2016

New York State is also investigating Exxon Mobil.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders … Continue reading

Commission Passes First Countywide Ban on Oil and Gas Waste in West Virginia

Fayette County bans the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural gas waste
By Sarah Plummer, Register-Herald Reporter, January 13, 2016

The Fayette County Commission’s chambers shook with cheers and applause Tuesday as commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance to ban the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural … Continue reading

Obama Signs Exxon-, Koch-Backed Bill Expediting Pipeline Permits

During the Paris Climate Summit, President Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the U.S.
By Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, December 31, 2015

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the

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Why Coal Mining Outlaw Don Blankenship’s Conviction Matters

“Even if he serves his one year slap-on-the-wrist, we know already that justice will not be done. His legacy of poisoning Appalachia will persist long after his name has been forgotten.”
By Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, December 3, 2015

The landmark conviction of former Massey Energy CEO and coal baron … Continue reading

EPA Finding on Fracking’s Water Pollution Disputed by Its Own Scientists

Panel finds little basis for claim that fracking has not led to ‘widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.’
By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News, November 19, 2015

An Environmental Protection Agency panel of independent scientific advisers has challenged core conclusions of a major study the agency issued in June that minimized

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Cuomo Nixes Port Ambrose, Proposed Natural Gas Terminal Off Jones Beach

Fears terminal could cause an environmental catastrophe or become a terrorist target
By Ellen Yan, Newsday, November 12, 2015

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday killed a 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach amid fears that it could cause an environmental catastrophe or … Continue reading

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by NY Attorney General

Mr. Schneiderman’s decision to scrutinize the fossil fuel companies may well open a new legal front in the climate change battle
By Justin Gillis and Clifford Krauss, New York Times, November 5, 2015

California is also investigating Exxon Mobil.

The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon … Continue reading

Fossil Fuel Companies Risk Plague of Lawsuits

Oil, gas and coal companies face the mounting risk of legal damages for alleged climate abuse as global leaders signal an end to business-as-usual
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, October 27, 2015

Oil, gas and coal companies face the mounting risk of legal damages for alleged climate abuse as global … Continue reading