September 18, 2018

Lawmakers apply pressure to assist recovery for victims of Massachusetts gas explosions

Residents of Lawrence, Massachusetts complained regularly in recent months to their local gas utility about the smell of natural gas. They called Columbia Gas of Massachusetts multiple times to report the smell of natural gas — every gas company urges customers to call if they smell gas — only to have the utility tell them […]
September 14, 2018

Renewables advocates applaud appeals court’s decision to uphold state nuclear subsidies

A U.S. appeals court upheld an energy policy created by the state of Illinois that benefits the state’s nuclear power plants. Aside from pleasing the state’s nuclear power plant owners, the decision was welcomed by clean energy advocates who want to protect a state’s ability to set up renewable portfolio standards and other policies that […]
September 14, 2018

Gas pipeline explosions kill one, drive thousands from homes in Boston suburbs

Dozens of natural gas explosions rocked communities north of Boston, killing a teenager and injuring two dozen people. The explosions caused fires in at least 39 homes in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts. About 8,000 people in the communities were displaced from the explosions and fires and more than 100,000 people were without power. […]
September 14, 2018

Interior deputy’s long career as a lobbyist creates headaches for department’s ethics officials

The No. 2 official at the Department of the Interior canceled plans to speak at a water industry forum in Colorado after department ethics officials concluded his appearance at the event could raise conflicts-of-interest concerns. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former industry lobbyist described as a “walking conflict of interest,” notified the Colorado River District […]
September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains could drown millions of farm animals in North Carolina

More than 9 million hogs and a sizable poultry industry could be at risk in North Carolina if Hurricane Florence dumps a foot or two of rainfall in the eastern part of the state — as some meteorologists are forecasting — where a large number of industrial farms are concentrated. Two years ago, Hurricane Matthew caused […]
September 12, 2018

After years of pleading, West Virginia town nears Superfund priority status

After years of pleading with regulators for assistance, residents of the town of Minden, West Virginia were finally able to claim victory on Tuesday when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed adding the community to its priorities list for cleanup of cancer-causing industrial chemicals. The EPA’s announcement, though, was not a complete win for the […]
September 12, 2018

Opportunities for EPA officials to help former employers grow under Andrew Wheeler’s leadership

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pulled eight Superfund sites from a list of 22 sites so far during acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s tenure that former Administrator Scott Pruitt had listed as top priorities. Given Wheeler’s extensive lobbying connections to toxic polluters and the industry veterans brought on board, the number of conflicts of interest related […]
September 11, 2018

Controversial pipeline forced to halt construction as Hurricane Florence barrels toward Virginia

With Hurricane Florence forecast to make landfall later this week, Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) halted construction on its 303-mile pipeline project on Tuesday and is taking measures to prevent extensive damage to its construction zone. Forecasters are expecting an unprecedented amount of rainfall from Florence across portions of Virginia, starting late this week and continuing […]
September 11, 2018

Navajo delegation goes to New York City to send anti-coal message to billionaire investor

In a steady rain, more than a dozen Navajo Nation and Hope Tribe members protested Monday outside the New York City offices of Avenue Capital Group, a private equity firm that wants to purchase the coal-burning Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Arizona. They had traveled from their homes in northern Arizona to oppose the private […]
September 10, 2018

Vulnerable Republicans use membership in climate caucus as political cover, green groups say

With the upcoming midterm elections expected to be competitive across more districts than usual, congressional Republicans who represent swing districts have used membership in the House Climate Solutions Caucus to burnish their environmental credentials — without having to vote for bills that would help the environment or climate. The latest example is a Republican incumbent […]