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Canadian Government Shows Love for Tar Sands Pipeline, Not for Whales

Canadian Government Shows Love for Tar Sands Pipeline, Not for Whales
Canada's Harper government has moved North Pacific humpback whales from the "threatened" list to a "species of special concern," a change that reduces protections for the marine mammals and could facilitate the approval of a tar sands pipeline.
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$3 Million Awarded in 'First Fracking Verdict in US History'

$3 Million Awarded in 'First Fracking Verdict in US History'
A jury in Dallas, Texas awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr's property which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water.
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A Little-Known Toxic Threat 'Underfoot' in NC

A Little-Known Toxic Threat 'Underfoot' in NC
Coal ash used as landfill is a 'silent, lurking issue that’s not getting any attention'
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The Good Friday Spill: Mayflower, Arkansas

The Good Friday Spill: Mayflower, Arkansas
“I know everybody in Mayflower,” says Linda Lynch of her hometown in Arkansas. It seems almost possible. A bedroom community for Little Rock some 20 miles down I-40, Mayflower is a town of barely 1,600 with just one shopping center—a grocery store, a Dollar Store, and a Subway. In such a small town, Linda insists that she would have heard about an oil pipeline if any knew about it. But when she retired
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EPA Gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’

EPA Gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’
Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and dumped more than 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a three month period in 2010.
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Why Was This a Problem? CO House Barely Passes Bill to Study Impact of Fracking on Human Health

Why Was This a Problem? CO House Barely Passes Bill to Study Impact of Fracking on Human Health
After hours of debate on Wednesday night, the Colorado House gave final passage to Fort Collins Rep. Joann Ginal’s HB 1297 on a near party-line vote Thursday. The controversial bill calls for a study of the impacts of Front Range oil-and-gas development on human health in six counties most impacted by fracking.
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Governor’s Coal Ash Action Plan Favors Duke Energy, Threatens Drinking Water

Governor’s Coal Ash Action Plan Favors Duke Energy, Threatens Drinking Water
“This proposed bill does not require a cleanup and asks the legislature and the public to trust DENR and Duke to decide what to do with Duke’s polluting coal ash pits."
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Big Energy-Backed NC Environment Commission Searches for Pollution Penalty Loopholes

Big Energy-Backed NC Environment Commission Searches for Pollution Penalty Loopholes
When a judge ruled that Duke Energy must pay stiff penalties for its part in the Dan River coal ash spill, we all knew industry-backed affiliates would come swarming to the rescue – including North Carolina's own Environmental Management Commission, the regulatory agency that's supposed to be on our side.
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Meet the Governor Who Crippled His State’s Solar Energy Future

Meet the Governor Who Crippled His State’s Solar Energy Future
The future of solar energy in Maine was left in the hands of Gov. Paul LePage this month, but he decided to drop it.
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CA Gov's Bay Delta Conservation Plan Lacks Answers

CA Gov's Bay Delta Conservation Plan Lacks Answers
As many taxpayers were scurrying to send in their state and federal taxes on April 15, three environmental groups asked the big, unanswered question looming over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the twin tunnels: Who will pay?
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