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On Earth Day, 5 facts about environmental policy a...

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive rallies and events across the country with the goal of raising awareness of the deterioration of the environment, and to spur government action to support a healthier and more sustainable world. By the end of that year, their voices were heard: bipartisan efforts in Congress led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

Landmark Agreement: Shipping Industry to Cut Emiss...

On Friday, the 170+ nations in the International Maritime Organization set the first-ever emissions target for the shipping industry and agreed to halve CO2 emissions by 2050, based on 2008 levels. The unprecedented deal was welcomed by activists as a first step towards meeting the Paris agreement targets. The IMO nations also began a process to ban heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters. The sulfur-laden oil is a significant...

BP commits to ‘zero net emissions growthR...

BP said Monday (4/16/18) that it will hold greenhouse gas emissions from its operations at or below its 2015 levels in the years ahead as the world’s biggest oil companies prepare for a lower carbon future that could threaten their businesses. The British oil major released an “Advancing the Energy Transition” report that detailed its plans to reduce its pollution levels, especially its emissions of methane, the main...

Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids’ Clim...

A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government’s creation of a...

Ohio EPA Reports New Rover Pipeline Spill To Feder...

Nearly 150,000 gallons of drilling fluid was “lost down a hole” beneath the Tuscarawas River in southwestern Stark County. That’s the same site where more than 2 million gallons of the fluid – mixed with diesel – leaked last April and turned up in a wetland. Horizontal drilling to lay the pipe beneath highways and rivers was suspended then but allowed to resume in December. The pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, has...

Oil Spill Now Larger Than Paris Ravages Indonesian...

An oil spill in Borneo that began over the past weekend has now spread across an area greater than the city of Paris and is heading out to the open ocean, the Indonesian government said. The spill, first reported on March 31, stems from a pipeline operated by state-owned oil firm Pertamina in the city of Balikpapan, in East Kalimantan province. A report released April 4 by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry said the...

Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas ...

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Rather than heed growing concerns about climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally moved to nix the Obama administration’s carefully written rules. In 2012, the EPA set standards that aimed to halve the global warming pollution...

Methane whiplash: Enviros prep appeal as court ice...

On-again, off-again Obama-era standards for methane emissions on public lands are off, again. A federal court in Wyoming yesterday halted core parts of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane venting and flaring rule, which had been fully revived by a different court six weeks ago. “Obviously we are disappointed, and we think the ruling just simply disregards fundamental legal principles,” Earthjustice...

EXCLUSIVE: Newly uncovered video shows Mobil CEO a...

As oil companies face numerous climate lawsuits, archival footage contains “significant” statement, experts say. Exclusive new footage of an internal Mobil Oil meeting with employees, obtained by ThinkProgress, shows then chief executive, Lucio Noto, discussing the impact of Mobil’s product on climate change a full two decades ago. This admission occurred as the company worked externally to marginalize climate...

Large Swath of Texas Oil Patch Rapidly Sinking and...

West Texas is already home to two giant sinkholes near the town of Wink caused by intensive oil and gas operations. Now, according to an unprecedented study, the “Wink Sinks” might not remain the last in the region. Geophysicists at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas have found rapid rates of ground movement at various locations across a 4,000-square-mile swath around the two sinkholes. This area is...

The Battery Will Kill Fossil Fuels—It’s Only...

Three weeks ago, a U.S. agency sent the clearest signal yet that fossil fuels’ days are numbered. True enough, the carbon-burning economy has been declared to be on its death bed umpteenth times before. But this came with a time frame related to the ultimate killer: the battery. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that so-called energy-storage companies such as Tesla Inc. and AES Corp. can compete against...

Methane explosions trigger questions about greenho...

Natural gas burns cleaner, but two recent explosions in Ohio show how accidental and “fugitive” emissions compromise some climate benefits. An explosion at a well pad in eastern Ohio last month forced nearby residents to evacuate for three weeks while crews worked to cap a gas leak. Just two weeks earlier, a gas pipeline in an adjacent county ruptured and caused several fires. The incidents illustrated a risk related to...

Protest Challenges New Fracking Leases Threatening...

For Immediate Release, February 21, 2018 Contacts: David Miller, Ohio Environmental Council, (614) 487-7506, DMiller@theOEC.org Becca Pollard, Keep Wayne Wild, (503) 756-2598, keepwaynewild@gmail.com Heather Cantino, Athens County Fracking Action Network, (740) 591-6632, heather.cantino@gmail.com Tabitha Tripp, Heartwood, (812) 307-4326, info@heartwood.org Roxanne Groff, Buckeye Environmental Network,...

Hundreds of mayors stand up to Scott Pruitt over c...

EPA chief Scott Pruitt received an unusual letter Tuesday morning. Two hundred and thirty-six mayors from 47 U.S. states and territories had sent him a clear message: Stop dismantling the Clean Power Plan. Last October, Pruitt announced his intentions to repeal and replace the Obama-era plan, the nation’s first attempt at regulating harmful greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. So far, Pruitt has done a bang-up job of...

Radioactive Wastewater, Treated by a Private Compa...

What if I told you there’s a company who says it can remove all those toxic parts of fracking wastewater and turn it into clean water to give it back to the river? Sounds good, right? The fracking wastewater that comes back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. “flowback” or “produced water” or “brine,” contains a host of toxic compounds, some naturally occurring and some man-made. But, it also has uranium, which...