Journalism & Media

"FACT CHECK: Oil Stats Belie Tough Enforcement Talk"

"WASHINGTON -- In the three years since President Barack Obama took office, Republicans have made the Environmental Protection Agency a lightning rod for complaints that his administration has been too tough on oil and gas producers. But an Associated Press analysis of enforcement data over the past decade finds that's not the case. In fact, the EPA went after producers more often in the years of Republican President George W. Bush, a former Texas oilman, than under Obama."

Source: Miami Herald, 06/13/2012

SEJ Member Spotlight: Brandon Loomis

Brandon Loomis, The Salt Lake Tribune public lands reporter, has just won the 2012 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment for "Our Dying Forests." Brandon and his colleagues will receive the US$75,000 award for this "measured and exhaustive series about the causes of the decline of ancient conifer forests stretching from New Mexico northward to the Canadian border."

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"B.C. Taken To Task for Failure To Inform Public"

"The [British Columbia] provincial government routinely fails its legal duty to promptly inform citizens of risks to public health and safety, warn legal scholars at the University of Victoria."

"Failures to disclose include air pollution, deteriorating infrastructure, parasite infestations, contaminated water and disease risk. Relevant information has been withheld from potential victims, scientists and the media — in some cases for almost a decade, says the university’s Environmental Law Clinic following a study of six cases across B.C.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 06/07/2012

GOP Ally of Big Coal Smears Activist With Kiddie Porn Accusation

"When award-winning West Virginia anti-coal activist Maria Gunnoe went to Washington, DC, last week, she was prepared for obstructionist tactics. She was prepared to face icy stares and hard questions from Republican lawmakers. She was not prepared to be branded a pedophile."

Source: Mother Jones, 06/06/2012
June 11, 2012

Free Webinar on Rio+20 Summit : A Primer on U.S. Issues Designed for Reporters in Advance of a Critical International Environmental Event

Join this hour-long webinar with speakers John C. Dernbach, co-director of the Widener Environmental Law Center and author, ELI's Carl Bruch, and Jacob Scherr, NRDC, for story ideas, helpful background, trend alerts, source building, and their take on what will be the hot topics at the upcoming summit. The hour will include 30 minutes for journalist questions.

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"Frack-Friendly New Report Debunked"

"Earlier this month, the State University of New York at Buffalo released a report concluding that fracking is getting safer, as both industry and regulators are doing a better job. The study got plenty of coverage--the Associated Press, Forbes, WGRZ, Buffalo News--but in the week since it was released, it's been attacked for a number of flaws."

Source: Mother Jones, 05/25/2012

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