Pesticides Fight New Battle w/ Link to Rare Kidney Disease

Monsanto Lasso herbcide to be sprayed on food crops. Generic is Alachlor. photo: Wikimedia Commons

COUNTRIES TARGET PESTICIDES AS SUSPECTED LINK TO RARE KIDNEY DISEASE by Sasha Chavkin for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists On opposite ends of the world, governments are cracking down on pesticides as a potential cause of a mysterious […]

Longwall Mining for Clean Coal ‘Permanently’ Damaged 6 Streams in Pennsylvania

[longwall mining machine] 19 maj 2011, Deutsches Bergbaumuseum, Bochum. 
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New scrutiny of ‘longwall’ mining finds damage in Pennsylvania streams by Kristen Lombardi for Public Integrity The brutally efficient coal-extraction method known as “longwall mining” has permanently damaged a half dozen streams in Pennsylvania, state regulators have found […]

Outdated Pesticide Regulations Put 2.5 Million Farmworkers at Risk

Spraying pesticide in California. Photo: USDA, Charles O'Rear

Farmworker advocates press EPA to update pesticide rules by Ronnie Greene for The Center for Public Integrity Saying they are plagued by pesticides but protected by only a thin layer of government regulation, farmworkers and their advocates are […]

EPA & Its Evasive Action on Fracking

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EPA’s Abandoned Wyoming Fracking Study One Retreat of Many by Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its multimillion-dollar investigation into water contamination in a central Wyoming natural gas field last month, it […]

Pressure of Politics

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After a Powerful Lobbyist Intervenes, EPA Reverses Stance on Polluting Texas County’s Water by Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if […]

Triple Divide: The Judys

Judy standing with contaminated water drawn from her well. © J.B.Pribanic

A Look at Drill Waste Pits and Groundwater by Melissa Troutman, Laurel Dammann, and Joshua Pribanic “It was 2007, and my water well was fine. I mean, I didn’t have any problem with it. I was cooking, drinking, […]

Triple Divide: Fracking Pennsylvania’s Exceptional Value Waters

The Cherry Springs vista [pictured here] forms headwaters for Pennsylvania's largest spread of Exceptional Value streams, the state's highest recognized classification by DEP for healthy ecosystems. These virgin hydrologic landscapes also hold exceptional resources for the Marcellus Shale Play. © J.B.Pribanic

The following is a Triple Divide chapter (w/ files) on natural gas drilling violations in Exceptional Value watersheds where fracking has occurred — fracking is a process of using water, sand, chemicals and pressure to opens cracks in deep shale layers […]