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    Environmental Activists Halt Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction

    Environmental Activists Halt Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction

    Environmental activists temporarily shut down construction of the already over-budget and behind schedule Mountain Valley Pipeline in southwestern Virginia on Monday. Organizers with the group Appalachians Against Pipelines said 10 people locked themselves to construction equipment to protect native species threatened by the controversial pipeline that would carry fracked gas — primarily methane — more […]

    EPA Approved Exxon’s ‘Forever Chemicals’ for Fracking in 2011

    EPA Approved Exxon’s ‘Forever Chemicals’ for Fracking in 2011

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved dangerous chemicals that break down into PFAS for use in fracking in 2011, according to records obtained by Physicians for Social Responsibility and reported by The New York Times. Despite EPA scientists having identified preliminary evidence the carcinogenic, and birth-defect-linked substances could degrade into those “forever chemicals” and […]

    SCOTUS Gives PennEast Pipeline Company Eminent Domain in New Jersey

    SCOTUS Gives PennEast Pipeline Company Eminent Domain in New Jersey

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with PennEast Pipeline Company in its battle with the state of New Jersey over whether its federal permit conferred the power of eminent domain and allowed it to overrule the state’s opposition to the pipeline‘s construction. The 5-4 decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, removes an obstacle in […]

    Living Near Fracking Wells Is Linked to Higher Rate of Heart Attacks, Study Finds

    Living Near Fracking Wells Is Linked to Higher Rate of Heart Attacks, Study Finds

    By Kristina Marusic Living among fracking wells is linked to higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research, compared heart attack rates in Pennsylvania counties with fracking to demographically similar counties in New York where fracking is banned. “There’s […]

    Fracking 101: What You Should Know

    Fracking 101: What You Should Know

    What is fracking? Fracking is a process of blasting water, chemicals and frac sand deep into the earth to break up sedimentary rock and access natural gas and crude oil deposits. The fracking industry, which has sought to promote the practice as safe and controlled, has preferred the term “hydraulic fracturing.” Fracking emerged as an […]

    California’s New Fossil Fuel Pledge Is Still a ‘Half-Measure,’ Say Climate Advocates

    California’s New Fossil Fuel Pledge Is Still a ‘Half-Measure,’ Say Climate Advocates

    By Kenny Stancil Climate campaigners on Friday cautiously applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moves to cut off new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024 and evaluate phasing out oil production by 2045, while also stressing that the timeline still needs to be accelerated. The embattled Democratic governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy directed the state Department […]

    California Senate Fails to Advance Fracking Ban Bill

    California Senate Fails to Advance Fracking Ban Bill

    A bill that would have banned fracking in California died in committee Tuesday. The bill, SB467, would have prohibited fracking and other controversial forms of oil extraction. It would also have banned oil and gas production within 2,500 feet of a home, school, hospital or other residential facility. The bill originally set the fracking ban […]