New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Exposes Cleanup Problems

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Every year, we hear about the latest oil spills, pipeline explosions and pollution…but we rarely see how people and environment are impacted over time. Public Herald is embarking on a new series “American Albatross” to investigate the environmental […]

An Invisible Poison: Oil & Gas Air Emissions

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise May 16, in a process known as flaring. Gas and oil from the wellhead are being brought to the surface via a tube that was placed inside the damaged pipe. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley) U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Photo by Patrick Kelley Date: 05.16.2010 Location: At Sea Related Photos: dvidshub.net/r/hel5qk

‘Upset’ emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground by Kristen Lombardi & Andrea Fuller for Public Integrity  BATON ROUGE, La. — Shirley Bowman noticed the smell after 8 a.m. on June 14, 2012, her 61st birthday. […]

Part 1 of “Fracking Road Trip” Series: Truthout Documents Fracking Across the States

A frack sand processing plant in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. photo: Mike Ludwig

The Mines That Fracking Built by Mike Ludwig for Truthout.org This story is the first installment of Truthout’s Fracking Road Trip series on the wide-reaching impacts of the fracking industry.   The bluffs rise up gently from the rolling […]

Fracking’s “New Saudi Arabia”

Mississippi River from Fire Point Overlook, Allamakee County. photo: J. Stephen Conn

Sand Land: Fracking Industry Mining Iowa’s Iconic Sand Bluffs In New Form Of Mountaintop Removal A collaborative report by Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog and Trisha Marczak of Mint Press News Within immediate vicinity of a central battleground of the […]

Despite History of Environmental Protection, California Lags on Fracking

Fracking for shale gas in the US. photo: Nigel Hawtin

Hydraulic Fracking in California: New Report Addresses Wastewater and Potential Water Impacts by Jayni Foley Hein for Legal Planet: The Environmental Law and Policy Blog   Today, Berkeley Law released a new report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California, […]

An Old and Rusted Sleep

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Hunting For Pennsylvania’s Orphaned And Abandoned Wells By Dimiter Kenarov for The Huffington Post Laurie Barr is a hunter. Each year, around November, when the trees in Pennsylvania lose their foliage and the shrubs are nothing but bare […]

Triple Divide: Split Estate

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Our Land by Laurel Dammann for Public Herald The following is a look at terms from Public Herald’s feature length documentary Triple Divide that focusses on hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.  Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking,” is the process of extracting […]

Exploited Loopholes: Lax Oil and Gas Waste Regulations

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The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth by Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside […]