Energy & Fuel

"Could Pro-McConnell 'Dark Money' Group Get Its Bankroll From Coal?"

"A nonprofit group backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is spending $2 million-plus this month on TV ads that slam his Democratic challenger, a campaign partly dedicated to impugning her record on coal that leads some political observers to wonder if the industry is behind the curtain."

Source: E&E Daily, 07/24/2014

"Maine Port City's Ban on Crude Exports Prompts Oil Industry Threats"

"The decision by a small coastal city in Maine to ban the export of crude oil from its harbor brought threats of lawsuits from the oil industry Tuesday and put South Portland on the front lines of a battle over development of Canada’s huge and controversial tar sands deposits."

Source: LA Times, 07/24/2014

Oil And Gas Operations Damaged Penn. Water Supplies 209 Times Since ’07

"Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/23/2014

"How Oil And Gas Firms Gained Influence And Transformed North Dakota"

"North Dakota’s Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking cubes of stone, steel and glass, a gleaming architectural statement poking out of the otherwise drab Capitol grounds. Each cube features a gallery devoted to an era of North Dakota’s history, but the state’s present is everywhere."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 07/22/2014

Is This US Coal Giant Funding Violent Union Intimidation in Colombia?

"BOGOTA, Colombia — Cesar Florez is often hesitant to answer his phone because there might be another death threat at the end of the line. Sometimes the threat comes in a phone call, other times in a text message or an email. In April, flyers were posted in the restroom stalls at Florez’s workplace, declaring him and his colleagues 'permanent military targets.'"

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 07/22/2014

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