Disasters

Offshore Safety Chief Meets Almost Exclusively With Industry

"Documents show that Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Scott Angelle has spent more than 98 hours meeting with oil and gas lobbyists and executives since he began the role last May. In contrast, during this same time he only spent 1.75 hours with NGOs."

Source: Think Progress, 03/14/2018
April 7, 2018

Covering Extreme Weather

Journalists and environmental communicators are invited to a free workshop in Detroit, co-sponsored by MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and Wayne State University. Space is limited. Register by Mar 23.

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"Trump Rollbacks Target Offshore Rules ‘Written With Human Blood’"

"PORT FOURCHON, La. — A dozen miles off the coast, on a rusty, aging platform, workers in hard hats and overalls spend their days extracting oil and gas from the ocean floor before retreating at night into tiny weather-beaten steel cubes that act as dorms."

Source: NY Times, 03/12/2018

Sun Doesn’t Shine at Trump Environmental Agencies

There’s little cause to celebrate upcoming Sunshine Week for those who cover Trump administration environmental agencies. The latest WatchDog catalogues how the EPA has adopted a secretive approach and displays frequent hostility to the news media, including with a troubling series of attacks on individual journalists.

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Communities Sued Big Oil Over Climate Change; Then The Backlash Began

"If you live in a city or county that sues oil companies over climate change, prepare for a blowback. ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel giants are taking legal action against such local governments, seeking to undermine a key part of their finances — their relationship with lenders."

Source: McClatchy, 03/05/2018

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