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PHOTO: Helen Slottje, a legal expert on fracking, is speaking about community rights at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Photo courtesy of Helen Slottje.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A legal expert on "local control" is speaking in Montana on Saturday about how local laws can help communities protect themselves against fracking and other oil and gas development. Attorney Helen Slottje's legal research has inspired more than 200 communities around the country t ...Read More

PHOTO: The coal-fired Cayuga Power Station on the shores of Lake Cayuga near Ithaca is targeted in a plan to convert it to a natural gas-burning facilities, but some area residents strenuously object. Photo credit: Philip Cohen/Wikipedia.

ITHACA, N.Y. - A plan to convert a coal-fired power plant on the shores of Lake Cayuga to a natural gas-burning facility is under fire from residents of nearby towns who say it is unnecessary - and will hit utility customers' bills hard. Moneen Nasmith, senior associate attorney with Earthjustice, ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas is on the verge of receiving one billion dollars in damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the proper use of those funds is being called vital to the state's future ecology and economy. Photo credit: Stuart Seegar/Flickr.

GALVESTON, Texas - Fines paid by British oil giant BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be flowing into Texas. Dozens of businesses and organizations say the state must focus the windfall on restoring wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. Texas is ...Read More

MAP: The path of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline through Kentucky. An energy conglomerate wants to repurpose the natural-gas transmission line to transport natural-gas liquids from fracking. Map courtesy Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The alarm is ringing again for Kentuckians who already stopped one potentially hazardous pipeline project. Public backlash plugged plans for the Bluegrass Pipeline, which included building 180 miles of new pipeline to help transport natural-gas liquids from the Northeast to the Gul ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study finds more than half of the frac sand mining companies operating in neighboring Wisconsin are violating regulations or "manipulating government." Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

WINONA, Minn. - A new analysis on the frac sand mining industry in neighboring Wisconsin is being called a "red flag" for Minnesota communities facing similar development. According to Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer of the Land Stewardship Project, 47 frac sand companies currently operating in Wisconsin ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental advocates are sending congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but also are demanding he take action to make good on a campaign promise concerning science and fracking. Credit: T. Proulx.

NEW YORK – One environmental group is sending congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his re-election victory, but is also calling for action on a fracking pledge Cuomo made during the campaign. At issue is a pending assessment of how natural gas drilling operations would impact the health of ...Read More

PHOTO: Even though $2.5 billion is in the AML funds and a huge backlog of needs in West Virginia that money could be used for, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., says it's a constant fight to bring that money home to the state. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even with billions in the trust fund and hundreds of millions in coalfield needs, it's a fight to bring Abandoned Mine Lands funds back to West Virginia, according to the "father" of the AML program. Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) helped get the AML fund established; he says h ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces hundreds of millions in sewage upgrades which experts say will reduce nitrogen pollution and shore up natural defenses from superstorms such as Sandy. Credit: Kevin McDonald.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed hundreds of millions of dollars Tuesday to projects to reduce nitrogen pollution. On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, conservation advocates say it's the right move. Nancy Kelley, executive director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, said the ...Read More

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