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PHOTO: A new report encourages Montana to strictly limit the flaring of natural gas, often considered a byproduct of oil drilling. Courtesy of NASA.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A boom in oil production in the Bakken in Montana has led to too much flaring, venting and leaking natural gas, according to a new report from the Northern Plains Resource Council. The report noted that the natural gas is considered a byproduct, and because of low prices and few p ...Read More

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with ...Read More

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati ...Read More

PHOTO: The Upper Big Branch mine disaster has resulted in criminal charges against former Massey CEO Don Blankenship, which is causing people to again ask how we can make our mines safer. Photo of a UBB memorial service courtesy of the West Virginia Governor's office.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal charges against former Massey CEO Don Blankenship have returned attention to a basic question: How can America's coal mines be made safer? Blankenship stands accused in connection to the 2010 tragedy at Upper Big Branch where 29 miners died. Ellen Smith, editor ...Read More

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: Citizens and elected officials gather at a recent Clean Air Carolina event in Greensboro to discuss clean energy strategies for the state. Photo credit: Clean Air Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It may the time of year when North Carolinians are holding their breath for the next freeze warning, but the latest data on 2014 ozone levels in the Tarheel State indicates people can take a small sigh of relief about the air they breathe. Ozone levels in North Carolina were the l ...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

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