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BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas PA Water Contamination Lawsuit

BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas PA Water Contamination Lawsuit
A Pennsylvania jury handed down a $4.2 million verdict in a lawsuit centering on water contamination from negligent shale gas drilling in Dimock, PA, a tiny town that made international headlines for its flammable and toxic drinking water.
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Energy Giant BP is the UK's Single Largest Lobbyist in EU

Energy Giant BP is the UK's Single Largest Lobbyist in EU
Energy giant BP is the UK’s single biggest corporate lobbyist in Europe, new analysis by Lobby Facts reveals. As the data released on 7 March shows, BP spent between £2.23 million and £2.3 million (€ 2.75m – € 2.99m) in lobbying European policy makers on energy and climate issues in 2014, the most recent figures available. This represents a substantial increase, almost doubling BP’s declared lobby spend for the previous year, when it spent up to £1.16m (€ 1.5m).
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Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities

Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities
Two recent studies further call into question the oil and gas industry's claims of the climate benefits and community benefits of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). One of those studies, published in Environmental Research Letters and titled, “Just fracking: a distributive environmental justice analysis of unconventional gas development in Pennsylvania, USA,” concludes that “the income distribution of the population nearer to shale gas wells has not been transformed since shale gas development.”
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Battle Over Solar Energy’s Future In North Carolina Heats Up As Bipartisan Bills and Civil Protests Mount Against Duke Energy’s Obstructionism

Battle Over Solar Energy’s Future In North Carolina Heats Up As Bipartisan Bills and Civil Protests Mount Against Duke Energy’s Obstructionism
Around the nation, big utility companies are successfully lobbying lawmakers and regulators to restrict individual and corporate access to solar power, denying people significant savings on electricity bills and the opportunity to take part in the growing green energy economy. In third-party solar financing, a non-utility company installs solar panels on a customer’s property at little or no up-front cost, sometimes selling the solar energy back to the customer at rates typically lower than a utility would charge.
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How Koch-Oil Funded Climate Deniers Inserted Themselves Into Israeli Natural Gas Debate

How Koch-Oil Funded Climate Deniers Inserted Themselves Into Israeli Natural Gas Debate
DeSmog recently revealed the latest troubling chapter in the story of Israel’s nascent oil and gas boom – a saga of revolving doors, multinational fossil fuel intrigue, and significant American political intervention. But there’s another interesting tale to tell, one that has gone unnoticed by many observers.
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Federal Railroad Administration Moves Forward on Rail Bridge Safety

Federal Railroad Administration Moves Forward on Rail Bridge Safety
Earlier this year the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the industry’s top lobbying group, produced a new report on rail safety. While the report ignored serious safety improvements such as requiring modernized braking systems on trains carrying hazardous materials, it did address one area of concern for oil-by-rail activists — rail bridge safety.
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A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil

A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
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Will Cap-&-Trade Slow Climate Change?

Will Cap-&-Trade Slow Climate Change?
The principle that polluters should pay for the waste they create has led many experts to urge governments to put a price on carbon emissions. One method is the sometimes controversial cap-and-trade. Quebec, California and the European Union have already adopted cap-and-trade, and Ontario will join Quebec and California’s system in January 2017. But is it a good way to address climate change?
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Large Methane Leaks Highlight Ongoing Risk to Climate

Large Methane Leaks Highlight Ongoing Risk to Climate
A new study of the recent methane leak in Aliso Canyon, California confirms that it was the largest methane leak in US history. According to the study, the disaster’s impact on the climate will be equivalent to the effect of annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million cars.
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Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts

Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts
“For the first time, in my memory, we are actually seeing oil and gas majors talk about climate change as an existential threat. Today for example the minister for oil and gas for Saudi Arabia, Ali Al-Naimi, actually got up on stage in front of this entire group and said that climate change is more of an existential threat to the industry than any down cycle.”
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