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Judge throws out PA fracking verdict. Sorry about your poison water…

By Meteor Blades A U.S. magistrate judge has rejected a jury’s March 2016 decision to award more than $4 million to two families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, who claimed their well water had been tainted by methane released from underground rock formations by hydraulic fracturing—fracking. Concluding among other things that the scientific evidence presented in court was […]

April 4th

Consumer Group Says Oil Industry, Not Consumers, Should Pay New Gas Tax

Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders hail the Governor’s plan to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California as a “landmark transportation investment,” but a prominent consumer group says Brown’s gas tax to fix roads should come out of oil companies’ windfall profits — and not out of consumers’ wallets. By Dan Bacher At a press conference on March […]

April 3rd

Native American and Environmental Groups Sue Over Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA) filed suit in Federal District Court in Great Falls, Montana on Monday, March 27, challenging the Presidential Permit issued by President Trump allowing construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. By Dan Bacher IEN’s and NCRA’s Complaint challenging the State Department’s approval of […]

April 1st

Senator Heidi Heitkamp needs to stand with Standing Rock Sioux #NoDAPL

By RL Miller Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota have been protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline since April. The pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline, will carry fracked crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shalefields through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois and then to Texas and Louisiana. […]

September 11th

Who is the shadowy security company attacking pipeline protestors?

By Meteor Blades G4S, a U.K.-based security multinational, admitted to having personnel deployed at “remote sites” where Native Americans are defending their lands from the planned US$3.8-million Dakota Access pipeline that they say would pollute the drinking water of millions. The actions have brought together over 200 tribes in solidarity and faced a heavy offensive […]

September 9th

Full text of the Obama Admin statement shutting down the DAPL pipeline

The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: “We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.  However, important issues raised by […]

September 9th

Cap and Trade 101

A cap is a limit on pollution defined by a government: so a government legally defines how much of a pollutant companies can produce. If they produce more, they have to pay fines. The polluting companies are assigned credits by the government as well. If they are polluting too much and won’t stop, they can buy credits from […]

February 29th

Obama halts new federal coal leases (to avoid climate change)

By Meteor Blades Climate activists get to celebrate a victory in the war on coal Friday. Not the final victory by a long shot, but progress nonetheless. President Obama will announce that there will be no new coal leasing on public lands until the government completes an overhaul of the program. That could produce anything from simply mandating higher royalties for energy […]

January 17th

Before Boosting Canada, Raise The Solar Cap in New Hampshire

By Chip Martin, RGB Solar Agitator New Hampshire has always been one of the leaders of the United States since its founding in 1629. Even today, it plays a historic and critical role in helping the country choose its presidents. But that reputation for leadership could take a hit if New Hampshire allows its burgeoning […]

October 23rd