Texas Oilfield Waste Company Contributed $53,750 to Regulators Overseeing a Controversial Permit Application

A company seeking to build an oilfield waste dump near wells and waterways in East Texas has showered regulators with upwards of $50,000 in political contributions since 2019. Texas Ethics Commission filings reviewed by Inside Climate News show that McBride Operating LLC contributed $10,000 to Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Chairman Christi Craddick on Nov. 28, […]

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Confronting California’s Water Crisis

Californians are still grappling with the aftermath of powerful storms that triggered dangerous flooding and mudslides across the state, even as the West’s unprecedented megadrought persists. These rapid shifts between extreme drought and flood offer a preview of the “climate whiplash” researchers predict will only get worse. These head-spinning shifts will severely strain California’s antiquated […]

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California Activists Redouble Efforts to Hold the Oil Industry Accountable on Neighborhood Drilling

By all appearances, California environmental justice leaders should be taking a victory lap to celebrate recent laws and policies designed to rein in oil industry pollution and profiteering.  On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors officially approved an ordinance, unanimously passed in September, to prohibit new oil and gas wells and phase out […]

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Outdated EPA Standards Allow Oil Refineries to Pollute Waterways

Neighbors of refineries can see the glowing flares and visible plumes of air pollution rising into the sky. But water pollution often happens at ground level, or below, out of sight for both local residents and environmental regulators.  In a new report, the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project tallied toxic discharges of unregulated pollutants self-reported by […]

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When Will We Hit Peak Fossil Fuels? Maybe We Already Have

The global energy transition has reached a pivot point in which fossil fuels have likely peaked in their use for producing electricity and are about to enter a period of decline. This is the idea at the heart of a new report from RMI, a nonprofit that does research and advocacy about the transition. The […]

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Puerto Rico Hands Control of its Power Plants to a Natural Gas Company

Puerto Rican authorities have hired a natural gas company to operate the island’s publicly-owned fleet of fossil fuel power plants, despite the commonwealth facing increasing pressure to rapidly transition its aging energy system to renewable sources. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced Wednesday that his government had signed a contract with New Fortress Energy, a New York-based […]

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Louisiana Regulators Are Not Keeping Up With LNG Boom, Environmentalists Say

Amid booming gas exports in Louisiana, environmental regulators aren’t keeping up with their job of protecting the public from pollution caused by the growing industry, environmental advocates said on Tuesday. With more Gulf Coast export terminals planned, the threats to area residents and their environment will only increase, according to a report from the Louisiana […]

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Oil Companies Had a Problem With ExxonMobil’s Industry-Wide Carbon Capture Proposal: Exxon’s Bad Reputation

ExxonMobil has been the prime target of activists and politicians angered by the oil industry’s efforts to block action on climate change. Now, newly disclosed documents confirm that the oil company’s reputational woes have extended into the industry itself and threatened to derail Exxon’s biggest climate proposal to date. Last year, Exxon struggled to gain […]

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A New Shell Plant in Pennsylvania Will ‘Just Run and Run’ Producing the Raw Materials for Single-Use Plastics

Internal documents unearthed by congressional Democrats reveal an apparent moment of candor two years ago from Shell public relations executives discussing their company’s environmental responsibilities related to the massive plastics manufacturing plant they were building 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The multi-billion dollar Shell plant became fully operational in November after years of construction and […]

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