Environmental Politics

"Big Polluters Freed from Environmental Oversight by Stimulus"

"In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 11/29/2010

Chart Pulled from Spill Commission Counsel's Report Belies Conclusions

"The companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill made several risky decisions to save time -- and consequently money -- ahead of the disaster, according to a document that was pulled at the last minute from a presentation of the president's oil spill commission earlier this month."

Source: Greenwire, 11/24/2010

Coal Ash Raises Environmental Justice Issues in Rural Maryland

"The winding Mataponi Creek looks clear in the sunlight, with marsh grasses lining its banks. But some of the coal ash waste from a nearby power plant is also coursing through its waters, and residents are worried it is contaminating their well water."

Source: Wash Post, 11/22/2010

"Fracking Wells Blamed for Polluted Water; Inspectors Overwhelmed"

"A widespread method of extracting natural gas by shooting chemical-laced water underground is a growing threat to water supplies in 28 states, say scientists, landowners and environmentalists." A Scripps Howard investigation finds overwhelmed state inspectors, thousands of violations, regulators paid by drilling royalties, political campaigns flush with gas money, and a system stacked for drillers and against public health.

Source: Scripps Howard, 11/19/2010

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