Environmental Justice

Louisiana Governor Vetoes Harsh Pipeline Trespass Bill

"Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday vetoed a bill that would have stiffened penalties for trespassing on pipelines, levees and a long list of other facilities in the state. The veto handed a victory to civil liberties advocates and local organizers, who said the bill would have trampled on their right to protest industrial development."

Source: InsideClimate News, 06/15/2020

"EPA Faces Lawsuit Alleging Failure To Update Flaring Requirements"

"A coalition of environmental groups is taking legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s alleged failure to update requirements for an industrial process for burning pollutants."

Source: The Hill, 06/12/2020
June 11, 2020

Climate Coverage and Racial Justice

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"Trump's Latest Environmental Rollback Threatens Minority Communities"

"President Trump’s latest executive order, lifting environmental review of major projects, will have a disproportionately harmful effect on minorities, experts warn."

Source: The Hill, 06/09/2020

Population Of Top 10 Counties For Climate Disasters: 81% Minority

"Communities with large minority populations are among the most vulnerable in the U.S. to the effects of climate change and could become more threatened as the coronavirus pandemic weakens their resilience to disasters, according to experts and federal data."

Source: Climatewire, 06/09/2020

Green Groups Back Protesters -- But Grapple With Own Issues With Race

"Green groups are expressing full-throated support for demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis police custody — even as they struggle with their own long-standing issues with addressing racial inequality and a lack of diversity in their ranks."

Source: Washington Post, 06/05/2020

Judge Rules Citizen Lawsuit Can Proceed Against WV Gov's Coal Companies

"A federal judge has denied a request by coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to dismiss a lawsuit over selenium violations at a southern West Virginia coal mine."

Source: WV Public Broadcasting, 06/05/2020


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