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Investment Giant Votes to Require Exxon to Detail Climate Risk Disclosure 09-01-17

Investing giant Vanguard voted to require ExxonMobil to include more detailed assessments of how climate policies impact its bottom line, according to proxy voting records released Thursday.

Vanguard’s vote at the shareholder meeting and its vote in favor of a similar resolution for Occidental Petroleum mark the first time the firm has voted for shareholder resolutions opposed by company management. Read more at EcoWatch

Controversy brews over new North Carolina wood pellet facility 9-19-17

A controversy with reverberations across the Atlantic Ocean is brewing in Hamlet, North Carolina – a literal hamlet 120 miles northwest of Wilmington – where a new wood-pellet facility is already in the initial stages of construction. Read more at Southeast Energy News

Momentum Building to Stop Gas Pipelines 9-13-17

In the past few weeks, the Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign and our partners have helped secure game-changing victories in our work to stop fracked gas pipelines. Read more at EcoWatch

17 million in US live near active oil or gas wells. 08-23-17

In West Virginia and Oklahoma, almost half the population lives within a mile of a well.

More than 17 million people in the United States live within a mile of an active oil or natural gas well, according to a new study. Read more at Daily Climate

Natural gas building boom fuels climate worries, enrages landowners 07-17-17

Companies have asked a federal regulator to approve thousands of miles of pipeline from Appalachia. They almost always get their way.

They landed, one after another, in 2015: plans for nearly a dozen interstate pipelines to move natural gas beneath rivers, mountains and people’s yards. Like spokes on a wheel, they’d spread from Appalachia to markets in every direction. Read more at The Center for Public Integrity

Right of Way 08-20-17

If you know where to look, you can spot them along the roadsides as you drive through the hilly farmland of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Short wooden stakes stand exactly 50 feet apart, topped with orange tape. The markers seem benign, but for many Lancaster residents, the threat they represent is anything but: These poles mark the proposed path of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline. Read more at The Intercept

The coal industry is collapsing, and coal workers allege that executives are making the situation worse 07-01-17

What’s a coal miner to do when they’re laid off, leaving them without much-needed insurance or their pension? What if it happens to the whole community at the same time?

“We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know how hard it was gonna be. We’re losin’ everything,” Regina Lilly, wife of a West Virginia coal miner who was laid off after their child was born, said in a new National Geographic documentary about coal mining. Read more at Yahoo Finance News

Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal 07-11-17

Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired Huntley Generating Station, which sits on the banks of the Niagara River, stopped producing power for first time since World War I. Read more at Grist

Fossil Fuel Groups Want Out of Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit 05-28-17

The industry groups fought to have the case dismissed. If allowed to withdraw now, they could avoid releasing documents and answering questions under oath. Read more at Inside Climate News

Not a Drill 05-03-17

Alaska Natives are fighting Trump’s call to “drill, baby, drill.”

President Trump was aiming to undo a move that then-President Obama made in December, one month before Trump’s inauguration. Read more at Grist

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Would Require Extensive Mountaintop Removal 04-28-17

A new briefing paper details how Dominion Energy‘s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would involve the blasting, excavation and removal of mountaintops along 38 miles of Appalachian ridgelines as part of the construction. Read more at EcoWatch

The woman who stopped a fracking truck 04-17-17

Fed up with pollution in her town, one woman decided to block a truck from entering a fracking site – by putting her own body on the line. Read more at Yale Climate Connections

Pipeline Route Lands This Virginia Town on List of State’s ‘Most Endangered’ Historic Places 05-19-17

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline were dealt a blow after the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) denied a hearing request to appeal the state’s water quality certification for the controversial project. Read more at EcoWatch

E.U. loophole counts wood energy as “carbon neutral.” It’s not. 01-01-17

As American foresters ramp up logging to meet the growing demand for wood pellets by power plants on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, a new European wood energy proposal would allow the power plants to continue claiming their operations are green for at least 13 more years, despite releasing more heat-trapping pollution than coal. Read more on Grist

U.S. Senate Contributions from Energy & Natural Resources, Agribusiness, and Construction 2004–2016  02-14-17

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this fact sheet provides campaign contribution data for all current senators from three sectors that are often at odds with the EPA: Energy and Natural Resources, Agribusiness, and Construction. For full report from Public Citizen download PDF here

President Obama bans oil drilling in large areas of Atlantic and Arctic oceans 12-20-16

President Obama moved to solidify his environmental legacy Tuesday by withdrawing hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling. Read more on The Washington Post

This Pipeline Would Cut Through America’s Most Celebrated Hiking Trail 12-17-16

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline would carry natural gas 300 miles from northwest West Virginia to southern Virginia, crossing the Appalachian Trail and clearing trees on its way. Read more on EcoWatch

McConnell Says No Help for Miners 11-14-16

Mitch McConnell has already admitted GOP promises to out-of-work coal miners won’t come true. Read more on Grist

Trump Wins, Renewable Energy Investments Lose and Dirty Energy Stocks Surge 11-9-16

Political upheaval has major influence over the stock markets, and with climate-change-denying Donald Trump’s “disaster” of an election win, renewable energy investment is looking bleak at the moment as dirty energy surges. Read more on EcoWatch

Duke Energy Cooling Pond Dam Collapses in Wake of Hurricane Matthew Flooding 10-14-16

Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper are responding to and documenting the breach of a 1.2-billion-gallon cooling pond dam at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee plant. Read more on Eco Watch

Burning trees for electricity is a bad idea 9-8-16

Climate change is such a vast and systemic problem that almost every large industry has tried to figure out how to make some money off it in the last couple of decades. That’s OK — money is one motivator, and someone has to build all those solar panels. Read more on Grist

Coal’s Last Gamble: A choking industry bets on one more big score 9-21-16

Squeezing into a wobbly four-seater propeller plane is the only way to reach the tiny tribe of Tyonek, tucked deep in the roadless Alaskan wilderness. Gliding above the long mudflats and the serpentine curves of streams, I spot the fat white backs of beluga whales surfacing at the mouth of a river and an island covered by sunning sea lions. Read more on Grist

Is a fracking ban a good idea? 8-24-16

A bold demand has recently become standard among many U.S. environmentalists and progressives: ban fracking. Major green groups such as the Sierra Club have called for ending the practice. Bernie Sanders gave the issue more visibility when he first endorsed a national fracking ban four months ago. Read more on Grist

Hot Mess: States struggle to deal with fracking waste 6-20-16

Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. Read more on Public Integrity.

Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production 7-18-16

New study in the heart of Pennsylvania’s fracking region shows increase in severity of asthma in residents exposed to most active wells.

Exposure to more intense shale gas development correlates with a higher risk of asthma attacks among asthma patients, according to a new study of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, one of the nation’s largest and most active fracking regions. Read more on Inside Climate News

Quarreling Over Coal Ash 7-16-16

Navajo Generating Station is a 2250 megawatt coal-fired power plant located on leased land in the Navajo Indian Reservation, near Page, Arizona.

A recent study found evidence that coal ash storage ponds are leaking contaminants into nearby water sources. The fight over solutions is pitched. Read more on UNDARK

Hundreds of Offshore Fracking Wells Dump Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Into Gulf 7-11-16

As the U.S. shale industry comes under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and health impact, it has emerged that the U.S. has approved fracking offshore leading to billions of gallons of wastewater to be dumped at sea. Read more on EcoWatch

Hot Mess: States struggle to deal with fracking waste 6-20-16

Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. Read more on Public Integrity

Oregon Utilities Agree to Phase Out Coal-Fired Power 1-6-16

EPA regulations are leading to more coal plant closures. Profita Oregon utilites have agree to support a bill that would phase out coal-fired power in Oregon by 2030. The proposed legislation would only affect Pacific Power and Portland General Electric, which together serve about 70% of Oregon’s electricity …Full article

Washington Post Writer Finally Discloses He’s a Shill for Fossil Fuel Industry 12-22-15

In his latest column repeating his clients’ attacks on climate change policies, lobbyist and Washington Post writer Ed Rogers finally disclosed to readers that his lobbying firm “represents interest in the fossil fuel [industry].” …Full article

Can Coal-Hungry Appalachia Take Any Lessons From Australia’s New Solar Farm? 12-21-15

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, birthplace of the world’s largest mining company and home to the world’s largest zinc-lead ore deposit, is perhaps not the most obvious site for a solar farm. But in the face of a declining mining industry, the election of a relatively climate-friendly prime minister, and plenty of sun, that’s starting to change …Full article

Paris Climate Pact Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy 12-14-15

A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewble energy stocks. Renewable energy companies are expected to see big upticks in investments to develope new technologies in coming years, while coal and oil companies may see tougher regulations …Full article

Methane Emissions in Texas Fracking Region 50% Higher Than EPA Estimates 12-9-15

The recent release of 11 research papers marked another milestone in the Environmental Defense Fund’s ongoing effort to understand the natural gas industry’s carbon footprint. …Full article

Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane than EPA Estimated 12-7-15

Sweeping Environmental Defense Fund-baked study finds that the Barnett Shale in north Texas emissions have been vastly underestimated…Full article

Another Earthquake Hits Oklahoma: Officials Worry Stronger Quake Could Threaten National Security 11-30-15

Officials in frack-happy Oklahoma are continuing to express concern over the state’s alarming earthquake boom. If a strong one strikes the northwestern city of Cushing—one of the largest crude oil storage facilities in North America, if not the world—it could disrupt the U.S. energy market and become a national security threat, NPR says …Full article

Obama Cancels Arctic Drilling Leases 10-17-15

First Shell Oil pulled the plug on its horrific current drilling effort in the arctic and now the Obama administration has taken its first concrete steps to reduce future threats …Full article

In Appalachia, the coal industry is in collapse, but the mountains aren’t coming back 8-30-15

In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountaintops, where barren expanses of dirt stretch for miles. This is a process known as “mountaintop removal”, in which coal companies use explosives to blast away hundreds of feet of rock in order to unearth seams of coal, leaving a permanently damaged landscape …Full article

Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio 8-21-15

Enivronmentalists sue Ohio’s secretary of state after he strips communities of the right to vote on fracking intrastructure projects

With the oil and gas industry already reveling in a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision stripping local control on fracking and other extraction activities away from communities, the Secretary of State has now handed the industry another victory, opening the door for fracking infrastructure projects to spread even faster across Ohio …Full article

40 Earthquakes Hit Frack-Happy Oklahoma in the Last 7 Days 7-28-15

5 earthquakes were recorded in Oklahoma this past Monday, some of which were felt in 5 states. 3 of the earthquakes measured above 4.0-magnitude and the biggest of these was 4.5-magnitude …Full article

New York Formalizes Ban on Fracking, Ending 7-Year Review 6-29-15

After a 7-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments, NY formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas …Full article

Earthquake Spike Pushes Oklahoma to Consider Tighter Fracking Regulations Decision comes after recent uptick in temblors – 35 of at least 3.0 magnitude 6-25-15

Oklahoma has been hit with 1 – 2 earthquakes a day since drilling operations began in 2009 and is now considering tightening regulations on its oil and gas industry …Full article

Federal Oil and Gas Royalty and Revenue Reform 6-19-15

When the federal government last changed its royalty rate for oil and gas production on America’s public lands, Standard Oil’s monopoly has only recently been broken, Ford’s Model A still had not rolled off the assembly line and the 20s had just begun to roar …Full article

Cuomo Adminstration Blocks Massive Tar Sands Oil Facilty Expansion in Albany 5-21-15

In the face of a court challenge from a broad coalition of environmental and community groups and massive community opposition, the Dept. of Environment Conservation halted Global Companies’ proposed expansion of its massive Albany oil train facility to handle tar sands oil …Full article

As Opposition to Offshore Drilling Mounts, Activists to Join “Hands Across the Sand” for Annual International Day of Action 5-14-15

Ocean activists kicked off the 5th Annual Hand Across the Sand International Day of Action, by joining hands in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool in a symbolic gesture to oppose the expansion of offshore drilling to the Atlantic and Arctic oceans …Full article

Protesters to Join Hands Against Oil and Coal 5-11-15

North Carolinians will take 15 minutes Saturday to join hands with strangers in a peaceful demonstration against fossil fuels. The event, known as Hands Across the Sand, will take place in different states and countries around the world. “What it does is it creates an amazing, powerful image,” said Dede Shelton, executive director of Hands Across the Sand. “We send this image to elected officials so they see people won’t want this to happen” …Full article

19 Students Arrested by Yale Police at Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In 4-10-15

Nineteen Yale students were arrested by Yale police yesterday following a day-long sit-in that called for the university to reopen the conversation on fossil fuel divestment. Yale is one of the first schools where a fossil fuel divestment action has led to arrest. “Yale would rather arrest its students than re-engage in the conversation” said Fossil Free Yale Project Manager Mitch Barrows …Full article

Drought Stricken California Exempts Big Oil and Big Ag From Mandatory Restrictions 4-2-15

An April snowpack assessment in California, which set an all-time record for lowest snowpack levels in the state’s history, finally spurred governor Brown’s office to issue an executive order to residents and non-agricultural businesses to cut water use by 25% in the first mandatory statewide reduction in the state’s history. Some groups have been exempted from the water restrictions, specifically big agriculture which uses about 80% of Caiifornia’s water, and oil companies …Full article

Syracuse to Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks From Endowment 3-31-15

Syracuse University is dropping all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment, the university announced on Tuesday. At $1.2 billion, Syracuse’s is the largest endowment to divest entirely of fossil fuel stocks. The university’s chancellor, Kent Syverud, said the move was part of Syracuse’s “long record of supporting responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.” …Full article

U.S. Coal Sector in ‘Structural Decline’, Financial Analysts Say 3-24-15

Over 200 mines shut down and industry loses 76% of its value in 5 years, report finds. The US coal sector is in a “structural decline” which has sent 26 companies bust in the last 3 years, according to financial analysts. A report for the Carbon Tracer Initiative found that between 2011 and 2013 at least 264 mines were closed. The world’s largest private coal company, Peabody Energy, lost 80% of its share price  …Full article

New Fracking Rules on Public Lands ‘A Giveaway to Oil and Gas Industry,’ Advocates Say 3-20-15

The new rules are released following a 4-year process that included more than 1.5 million public comments. The Bureau of Land Management claimed they would “support safe and responsible hydraulic fracking on public and American Indian lands.” Drilling has been occuring on federal lands for years with more than 100,000 wells in existence. …Full article

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Ends on March 16 3-5-15

14 months after the world watched in astonishment as poorly regulated coal-washing chemicals contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia, coal country residents and supporters are gearing up for an epic showdown on March 16 with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection-and the US Congress-over the mounting death toll and health crisis from mountaintop removal strip mining …Full article

EPA Keystone Review Links Oil Sands to Carbon Emission Jump 2-3-15

(Bloomberg) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said developing Canadian oil sands would significantly increase greenhouse gases. “Until ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of oil sand are more successful and widespread,” developing the crude “represents a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” the EPA said in a letter to the State Department, which is reviewing the project …Full article

U.S. Interior Department Plan: Open Atlantic Coast to Offshore Drilling 1-27-15

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s new five-year offshore drilling strategy calls for opening the offshore stretch from Virginia to Georgia, an area the energy industry says could hold large amounts of oil and gas. The Obama administration proposes an unprecedented opening of the waters off the Atlantic coast for oil and natural gas drilling …Full article

Could Global Tide Be Starting to Turn Against Fossil Fuels? 1-13-15

Boom may be turning to bust for fossil fuels. Market forces are combining with the prospect of new limits on carbon emissions from major economies such as China and the US to prick the carbon bubble. Many anaylsts are now suggesting that — with prices falling and production costs rising — the coming year could be the moment when investors realize the game is up for the coal and oil industries …Full article

11 Earthquakes Rock Texas Fracking Heartland in 24 Hours 1-8-15

A recent study showed that a series of earthquakes outside of Youngstown, OH, were caused by the fracking operations in the area …Full article

Another Study Confirms Fracking is Definitely Causing Earthquakes 1-7-15

Another study has found a link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes. This study examined 77 minor earthquakes near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border …Full article

Newspapers Complicit in Selling Phony “War on Coal” 12-16-14

A new study shows that American newspapers push the coal industry’s misleading narrative.

There are a number of reasons why the tide has turned against the coal industry around the globe. Coal is the single largest source of global warming pollution—while coal-fired power represents only 39% of all electricity generated in the U.S., according to the EPA, it is responsible for 75% if carbon emissions …Full article

New Study Shows Huge Methane Emissions ‘Hot Spot’ Found in U.S. 10-9-14

The largest concentration of methane emissions seen in the U.S. over the past decade has been detected by satellite over the most active coal-bed methane production area in the country — the Four Corners of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, according to a new study published Thursday …Full article