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Standing with communities: New York attorney wins Goldman Environmental Prize for fracking work

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By Nadia Steinzor

April 28, 2014

That people are willing to work hard to save the places they know and love has long been a pillar of the conservation movement. So it’s no wonder that this principle also applies to efforts to prevent the damage caused by oil and gas development—and one of this year’s winners of the venerable Goldman Environmental Prize, attorney Helen Holden Slottje, has been saying it since the Marcellus shale boom began.

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Tagged with: fracking, new york, zoning, goldman prize, 2014, helen slottje

The Yellow Brick Road to better energy decisions

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By Nadia Steinzor

January 3, 2014

During a recent low-energy session of channel surfing, my mood was lifted by the broadcast of the original Wizard of Oz. As the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion sang of the need for a brain, a heart, and courage, the tale seemed serendipitous. 

As reported earlier in Earthblog, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court exhibited all those qualities in striking down parts of Act 13 and upholding municipal zoning as a way to stem drilling damage, as well as the constitutional right of citizens to a clean environment. So did the Dallas City Council, which the week before enacted a restrictive zoning ordinance that puts health and property before industry convenience. Then the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General determined that the EPA was justified in its efforts to protect Texas residents from water contamination related to drilling.

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Tagged with: regulation, pennsylvania, range resources, local government, governor corbett, act 13, mt pleasant township, tank farm

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