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Hurricane Harvey left Houston residents breathing benzene

After Hurricane Harvey’s flooding caused an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood to cave in, private monitors found benzene levels that far exceeded health guidelines By Lisa Song and Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, […]

September 18th

Why is Chevron trying to intimidate journalists? And why is Google helping them?

It’s been more than a year since Chevron lost a landmark lawsuit saying they had to compensate Amazon rainforest natives they poisoned. But instead of doing the right thing and paying to clean up their mess, Chevron is acting like a six-year-old, stomping its feet and saying “I won’t, it’s not my fault, it’s YOUR […]

October 3rd

Harmful Chemicals Found in Pregnant Women

Pregnant women need to eat right to provide the right nutrition for their babies… and to avoid harmful chemicals. But a new study shows that may not be good enough, as some nasty long-banned substances persist in the environment… and in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. The […]

January 18th

Putting the Brakes on Natural Gas Fracking

Fracking, the process of blasting deep rock strata to release methane that can then be pumped to the surface and sold as natural gas, is one of the ugliest innovations the energy industry has come up with. And unlike the ugliness of the Alberta Tar Sands, fracking takes place in pristine rural farmlands of the […]

December 13th