Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

"6 Freedom Owners, Managers, Employees Charged; Company Takes Plea Deal"

"Federal prosecutors charged Freedom Industries and six of its owners, managers and employees with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act related to the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people in Charleston and surrounding communities."

12/18/2014
January 23, 2015

The Year Ahead in Energy and the Environment: Stories to Watch in 2015

For the third year in a row, the Society of Environmental Journalists will hold a public discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. The event will run from 3:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a reception. SEJ Board President Jeff Burnside will introduce leading reporters and editors, who will offer their predictions on the critical energy and environmental stories that will shape 2015. The event will also be webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org

USGS Study: Chesapeake Tributaries Are Warming, Pollution May Increase

"A slight increase in air temperature over the past half-century has caused waters to warm more than two degrees in tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay, a change that could reduce the expected benefits of the multibillion-dollar bay cleanup plan and eventually alter the behaviors of marine animals, a new study says."

12/11/2014

Chesapeake Bay: New Md GOP Gov. Vows To Fight Farm Pollution Rules

"Gov.-elect Larry Hogan promised Maryland farmers Monday that his 'first fight' in office would be against costly new farm pollution regulations, even as environmental groups released new data showing many Eastern Shore chicken farms could be fouling the Chesapeake Bay."

12/09/2014

Maryland Attorney General Eyes Lawsuit Over Well Contamination by MTBE

"Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, encouraged by whopping awards and settlements in other states, could join what one analyst calls a 'nationwide cascade' of litigation against the oil industry for its use years ago of a gasoline additive that has contaminated groundwater across the state."

12/08/2014

"O'Malley Administration Sets Out Path To Fracking in Maryland"

"Capping more than three years of study, the O'Malley administration declared Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas can be done safely in Western Maryland, but only after regulations are tightened to reduce air and water pollution and protect residents from well contamination, noise and other disruptions associated with an anticipated drilling boom."

11/26/2014

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