Annapolis sues 26 oil and gas companies for their role in contributing to climate change

The city will argue the companies violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and five other actions, including public and private nuisance, negligence, failure to warn and trespass, according to a statement released by Mayor Gavin Buckley's office.

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Plan proposed to pay for Conowingo Dam pollution cleanup, but states need to back it

Pollution keeps flowing past the Conowingo Dam toward the Chesapeake Bay, but it's unclear who is going to pay to offset it. A new strategy outlines how it might be done.


Could Baltimore’s climate change suit become a Supreme Court test case?

The high court agreed to hear a narrow issue related to jurisdiction. But then the oil and gas industry pushed it to go further.


DEC: Pesticide isn't the danger. Chemical in its container is

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is blocking the use of a popular pesticide for mosquito control upstate and in New York City following the revelation that the chemicals' containers were made with hazardous PFAS compounds.


Chesapeake Bay receives another D+ on health report, due largely to struggling rockfish population

In 2020, for the second time in a row, the Chesapeake Bay received a D+ on a report from Chesapeake Bay Foundation scientists.

Environmental groups fight proposed Eastern Shore pipeline

The $34 million project would add seven miles of new natural gas pipeline through Maryland's Wicomico and Somerset counties.


Virginia should look to Maryland for electric vehicle policy, report says

A Charlottesville nonprofit group says point-of-sale rebates and inventory requirements for dealers could help the commonwealth catch up with its neighbor.


Happy Meals could get healthier under a proposed Maryland law

A bill widely expected to pass in Prince George's County would be the first in the nation to phase in healthier meal and beverage options in every restaurant in the county.

Where energy-efficient homes are being built

The Energy Star rating is not just for refrigerators; homes are certified for energy efficiency too.

Pollution levels decreased in Maryland during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about everything, including what's in the air we breathe. A new report breaks down the positive difference the effects of pandemic-related restrictions have made on air pollution.


Deadly bacteria lurk in coastal waters. Climate change increases the risks

Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.

Swimming in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor by 2020? No, but maybe 2030, Waterfront Partnership says

Bacteria levels in parts of the Inner Harbor worsened in 2019, but the city's Waterfront Partnership is setting its sights on a harbor swimming area as part of its "2030 Vision."

Virginia, Maryland, D.C. sue EPA over failure to enforce Chesapeake Bay cleanup plans

Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit in federal district court today against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accusing the agency of violating the Clean Water Act by failing to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction limits for upstream states Pennsylvania and New York.


How Maryland’s preference for burning trash galvanized environmental activists in Baltimore

By some metrics, burning trash can be even dirtier than burning coal, emitting lead, mercury, nitrogen oxides, dioxins and particulate matter associated with increased risk of cardiac and respiratory disease. c


EPA, leaders of Bay States commit to action on diversity

Amid nationwide racial protests and a pandemic that has exacerbated longstanding inequalities, state and federal leaders in the Bay restoration effort took a major step on Tuesday toward healing that divide.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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