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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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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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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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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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Trump makes historic mistake withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement

By Lexi Lehman

June 7, 2017

On Thursday, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, significantly weakening American leadership in the global effort to fight climate change. After ignoring advice from his peers, scientists, business leaders, activsts and citizens, President Trump said he based he planned to negotiate for a 'better' deal. However this is not possible.

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