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Environmental Group Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Pipeline Safety Planning

Environmental Group Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Pipeline Safety Planning
One of the country's largest environmental groups has accused the federal government of failing to follow pipeline safety planning laws, alleging that for more than two decades the Department of Transportation (DOT) has illegally allowed companies to operate oil pipelines that cross waterways without adequate preparation for spills and other disasters. The National Wildlife Federation, which filed a notice of its intent to sue on Tuesday, accused the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), part of the DOT, of failing to properly enforce the Oil Pollution Act, enacted by Congress in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill.
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Activists: Fracking Making California’s Drought Even Worse

Activists: Fracking Making California’s Drought Even Worse
Fracking is bad in a variety of ways, but nowhere is its impact more profound than on the drought-devastated state of California. The oil industry wastes water that the state desperately needs, and leaves behind pollution that infects anything remaining behind.
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Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Oceans, Harming Lucrative Fisheries in Alaska

Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Oceans, Harming Lucrative Fisheries in Alaska
The release of carbon dioxide into the air from factory smokestacks to the tailpipe on your car could pose a risk to red king crab and other lucrative fisheries in Alaska, a new report says. Ocean water becomes more acidic when it absorbs carbon dioxide released by human sources, such as the burning of fossil fuels. Increased ocean acidification could harm important Alaska commercial and subsistence fisheries and communities that rely heavily on them, according to the new research aimed at spurring discussion on how to address the changes.
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Breathe Easy: Electric Cars Limit Pollution, Report Says

Breathe Easy: Electric Cars Limit Pollution, Report Says
A new report from Environment Virginia details the ways electric vehicles are taking pollutants off the state's roads. And even when their electricity is derived from coal-fired plants, their efficiency is still a net positive, on both pocketbook and lungs.
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How Much Carbon Do Your State’s Coal Plants Emit?

How Much Carbon Do Your State’s Coal Plants Emit?
While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a goal of decreasing carbon emissions by 30 percent—compared to 2005 levels—by 2030, states will be given the flexibility to devise their own plans.
Clearly, some will have more work to do than others. Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of the country’s emissions, and states like West Virginia and Kentucky live and die by the dirty source, getting 95 and 90 percent of their power from it, respecti
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Not The Onion, but a Real Study: Americans More Worried About Global Warming Than Climate Change

Not The Onion, but a Real Study: Americans More Worried About Global Warming Than Climate Change
Scientists, politicians, environmentalists and journalists have long been stymied by the difficult task of engaging people so that they will agree to begin curbing toxic greenhouse gas emissions. A new Yale study, however, shows there is a huge difference in how Americans regard the terms “global warming” and “climate change.”
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Oil Train Carrying Crude from ND Fracking Operation Explodes in VA

Oil Train Carrying Crude from ND Fracking Operation Explodes in VA
A train carrying oil exploded in Lynchburg, VA Tuesday, spilling at least 50,000 gallons of crude, much of it into the James River. DeSmogBlog has learned that the train was carrying oil gleaned from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, a fracking operation that would likely be on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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TX Punishes San Antonio for Releasing Shale Drilling Pollution Data

TX Punishes San Antonio for Releasing Shale Drilling Pollution Data
A few casual words and the early release of some scientific data have cost the San Antonio region much-needed state funds to battle its growing air pollution problem. The misstep, which appears to have been unintentional, highlights the sensitivity of studying oil and gas pollution in business-friendly Texas.
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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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Small Utah County More Polluted than Los Angeles, Thanks to Fracking

 Small Utah County More Polluted than Los Angeles, Thanks to Fracking
Clearly, there’s no comparing the sparse population of Utah’s Uintah Basin and that of the mega-metropolis within the Los Angeles basin. So, how could both places possibly have similar volatile organic compounds (VOCs) levels?
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