Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

"How a Natural-Gas Tycoon Tapped Into Corbett"

"In 2004, a flamboyant Oklahoma City multimillionaire took out his hefty checkbook for what you could call the political equivalent of a wildcat well - and he struck a gusher, right here in Pennsylvania. The $450,000 in campaign checks that energy mogul Aubrey McClendon wrote that fall helped elect a man he said he'd never even met - a relatively obscure GOP candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general, Tom Corbett."

Source: Philadelphia Daily News, 06/30/2011

Pa. Radio Host Says Criticism of Shale Fracking Got Him Fired

Robert Foltz, host of the "Let's Talk" show on WMBS in Uniontown for 10 years, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he was fired just moments after a local municipal official said on his show that drilling for gas in the Marcellus shale formation had contaminated the local groundwater supply with bromine.

41 New Trails Span About 650 Miles

Just in time for summer, 41 new segments of the US National Recreation Trails system in AL, AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NM, OK, PA, TN, and WV, covering about 650 land and water miles in 17 states, are open for business. These are part of a much larger system of about 1,100 trails spanning 13,000 miles.

"Philadelphia Moves Ahead With 25-Year Water-Management Plan"

"Philadelphia got the green light Wednesday for a $2 billion storm-water plan that will transform the way the city deals with rain. The 25-year plan, which has been hailed as a national model, envisions green roofs on office buildings, porous pavement on city streets and parking lots, and plants and trees with tubs of gravel below ground to hold water and stall runoff in a storm."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 06/02/2011

Univ. of Virginia Bows to Denier Group on Climate Science FOIA

In a court agreement filed May 22, 2011, University of Virginia agreed to release documents of former U.Va. researcher/climate scientist Michael Mann. The plaintiff is American Tradition Institute, which raises funds with the slogan "Crush Gang Green and their anti-business allies."

June 6, 2011

National Security, Economic Well-Being, and the Law of the Sea

Sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Capitol Hill Ocean Week, this seminar in DC features international ocean management experts exploring the relevance of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to national security and economic well-being.

June 7, 2011

Resolved: EPA's Utility MACT Is the Right Tool at the Right Time

Environmental Law Institute hosts a debate in DC of EPA's proposed new Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards for power plants.

May 20, 2011 to May 23, 2011

Blue Vision Summit

Journalists can focus on some major ocean issues at this event in Washington DC. It will cover everything from the Gulf of Mexico's struggle to recover from the BP oil spill to protection of over-exploited commercial fish stocks … to ocean acidification, marine protected areas, offshore energy, and coastal ecosystem restoration.

"Baltimore Lead Paint Victim Struggles for Justice"

"Justice has eluded Ronnell Doughty, perhaps even failed him. Hospitalized as a toddler with serious lead poisoning, he's never learned to read well, dropped out of school and has a hard time controlling his temper — tragic but all-too-common outcomes of this urban health scourge. But Doughty, now 21, has been repeatedly denied a shot at compensation for the lasting injury done him two decades ago."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 05/17/2011

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