Fertilizer Institute Lobbied Against Legislation for Safer Chemical Facilities

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Fertilizer trade group opposed stricter security rules by Jim Morris for The Center for Public Integrity Like many, the Fertilizer Institute, a trade group, has extended its condolences to the people of West, Texas, where a blast at a fertilizer plant […]

Part of ICIJ Investigation Series “Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze”

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Secret Files Expose Offshore’s Global Impact by Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Nicky Hager, Duncan Campbell and Stefan Candea for ICIJ A cache of 2.5 million files has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of […]

California Agriculture Under Threat as Fracking Spreads West

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California Farmers Alarmed as Energy Companies Outbid Ag Water Districts for Resource By Dan Aiello, originally published by California Progress Report There’s a new water interest bidding for California’s limited water supplies, and the managers of California’s historic […]

Still Watching? EPA’s Pollution Control Methods Get a Look-over

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  Inspector General to review EPA’s ‘Watch Lists’ By Jim Morris for The Center for Public Integrity The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has begun a review of the EPA’s use of internal watch lists to target enforcement of federal […]

An Old and Rusted Sleep


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 […]

What’s Underground: Conservation Groups Move to Close or Cleanup Ash Pits Linked to Groundwater Contamination

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  Conservationist files suit to shut-down or cleanup ash pits By Anne Blythe for The News & Observer, republished by McClatchy RALEIGH, N.C — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Duke Energy […]

Grand New Industry: Washington’s Potential Coal Boom Sparks Big Questions and Uncertain Answers

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Debate over coal exports in Pacific Northwest leaves some out, critics charge By Curtis Tate and Kristi Pihl for McClatchy PASCO, Wash. — While proposals to turn green-leaning Washington state into a major exporter of coal to China have […]