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Congress Toys with Shutting Down the Government. Again.

By Aaron Mintzes

September 14, 2017

This is the first chance for the 115th Congress to perform one if its key functions under the Trump Administration: funding the Government. Americans want their National Parks open, and rely on Congress to pay to maintain them. Congress used to routinely pass appropriations bills, but not anymore. In 2012, a powerful caucus within the Congressional majority viewed almost all functions of Government with such cynicism they created a budgetary mechanism few believed would ever come in to effect. They called it the Sequester.

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Tagged with: blm, methane, boundary waters, budget, riders


Getting Real with Pipeline Disasters in West Virginia

By Traci Hickson

August 3, 2017

If you think silt fences will hold back the erosion, sedimentation, and landslides caused by pipelines built on steep mountain slopes in West Virginia, think again. Last month, the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a cease and desist order for Energy Transfer Partner’s Rover Pipeline for completely disregarding and violating erosion sedimentation and control measures. The photo evidence tells the story of numerous violations and polluted streams.

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Tagged with: west virginia, energy transfer partners


Holding the Line: Taking the EPA to Court Over Methane

By Sarah Anderson

July 25, 2017

The CAA passed in 1970 with the purpose of making air breathable again. Today, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. Methane severely affects the health of community members surrounding oil and gas extraction sites. The leaking emissions smell terrible and have severe health consequences, especially in children.  Children in oil and gas extraction areas suffer from high rates of asthma and other chronic problems. Communities deserve the protections that the CAA intended to give when it was enacted.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, methane, lawsuit


Diverse voices speak out against delay of methane pollution rule

By Lexi Lehman

July 11, 2017

On Monday, more than 150 speakers testified before the Environmental Protection Agency at a public hearing concerning the proposed two-year delay of implementing the methane pollution rule.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, methane


This World Oceans Day, protect oceans from mining

By Payal Sampat

June 8, 2017

This week, delegates from around the world are meeting at the United Nations for the first UN Oceans Conference, to discuss the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: the conservation of oceans, seas and marine resources.  

We are subjecting our oceans to a barrage of assaults, many of which we are all familiar with - rising temperatures, overfishing, acidification. Less well-known are the dual threats to oceans from mining: the ongoing pollution of marine ecosystems by mine waste and the irreversible harm to deep-sea ecosystems that would result from proposed deep-seabed mining.  

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Tagged with: deep sea mining, oceans, international seabed authority


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