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Monitoring Environmental Destruction From the Sky

SkyTruth uses satellite imagery and data-crunching to track fracking, mountaintop removal, and oil spills around the world

The twenty-first century has been dubbed the "surveillance society," a culture where police departments increasingly deploy drones to spy from above, smart phones precisely track their owners' locations, and government agencies routinely record our emails and phone calls. In this new milieu,…
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by: Sharon Kelly – October 20, 2014

Federal Coal Leasing Undermining Obama’s Climate Goals

Coal mining on public lands could wipe out power plant reforms, Greenpeace report finds

A report published today by Greenpeace highlights a growing contradiction in government policies on one of the dirtiest of fossil fuels: coal. In June, the Obama administration announced a plan to crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, the federal Bureau of…
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by: Sharon Kelly – July 28, 2014

Proposed Federal Legislation Could Weaken Secret Legal Settlements

Future fracking cases could be affected

This April, Lisa and Robert Parr of Wise County, Texas won a widely-publicized $3 million verdict in a case alleging they had suffered health problems from pollution related to gas fracking. Last week, a Texas judge upheld that verdict and ordered the…
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by: Sharon Kelly – June 26, 2014

Money to Burn

Oil and Gas Interests Are Spending Big to Keep Their Allies in Office

When Barack Obama visited Ohio in mid-March during one of his many swings through the crucial battleground state, John Kasich, the state’s Republican governor, made a point of pulling the president aside to put in a good word about a topic of growing importance in Ohio: natural gas fracking. “I was telling him that what we’re doing in Ohio is, we’re setting standards so that we can have a safe environment and…
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by: Sharon Kelly – Autumn 2012

North Sea Gas Well Still Leaking

Total’s Elgin Project Reveals the Dangers of Pursuing ‘Extreme Energy’

Photo by Flickr user crawfish headTotal's Elgin drilling platform (not pictured here) is one of over 570 oil and gas rigs in the North Sea. The North Sea was the scene of the world's worst offshore rig disaster, the Piper Alpha explosion,…
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by: Sharon Kelly – April 2, 2012

Oil and Gas Drilling Linked to Smog

Findings Could Further Complicate Push for More Drilling

Last month, yet another federal agency weighed in and highlighted new and striking concerns about the impact of oil and gas drilling — this time on air quality. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal agency that focuses on the…
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by: Sharon Kelly – March 8, 2012

Top Obama Officials Assigned to Take On Meat Monopolies Quit in Frustration

Congress' Continued Backing of Big Ag Stymies Govt Efforts to Support Small Farmers and Ranchers

It went largely unnoticed, but last month Dudley Butler, the Obama administration official whose mission was to combat agricultural monopolies (specifically in the meat industry), quit in frustration. Photo by Dey AlexanderIn agriculture, monopolies mean small farmers get squeezed. The foods we…
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by: Sharon Kelly – February 24, 2012

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