Corpus Christi residents fight industrial expansion of plastics boom

A coalition of residents is trying to halt the region's rapid industrial sprawl. The fight is now centered on the water supply for a massive new Exxon SABIC plastics plant in the drought-prone Texas city.

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Law meant to push drilling further from houses had little impact, study finds

Exemptions in the law and owner permission put hundreds of wells closer to homes, schools and churches than the 500-foot setback meant to protect health.
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Justice

Texas House passes bill to punish companies for divesting in fossil fuels

Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, said the legislation, which the House approved in a preliminary vote, would “punish speech.”
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When the good news from oil and gas isn't so good

News that focuses only on energy production numbers and not the effects of petroleum gushing from wells is typical of oil and gas reporting.
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Justice

SCOTUS hears arguments in eminent domain case involving PennEast pipeline project

New Jersey wants to block the project, saying the constitution bars the private company from seizing state-controlled land through eminent domain.
Toxics

This might be the Senate’s most important climate vote ever

Halting the Trump rollback would mark a return to sanity — and should be just a start.
www.nytimes.com
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Senate to reinstate Obama-era controls on climate-warming methane

Senate Democrats on Wednesday will use a once-obscure law to resurrect Obama-era regulations on methane that the Trump administration had wiped away.
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A new study shows why California's fracking ban is just the start

The damage caused by methane emissions is even worse than we thought. Will other states now follow California’s lead?
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EPA, U.S. Virgin Islands officials launch second probe after Limetree Bay refinery releases noxious fumes

Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Virgin Islands officials are investigating a second accident at a controversial refinery in St. Croix, which released noxious fumes into the air and forced some schools to close.

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Methane emissions loophole threatens New Mexico's green goals

Proponents of a regulatory exemption claim it would protect small operators. But large oil companies would see the most benefit.
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Toxics

Energy giants ditch oil and coal projects. Smaller rivals want them.

BP, Rio Tinto and others are selling the projects for financial and environmental reasons, in a possible boon for those companies that want to double down on fossil fuels.
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Justice

Louisiana state Senate committee sides (again) with oil companies against parishes over lawsuits

A month after Attorney General Jeff Landry authorized a $100 million settlement with an oil and gas company, a group of state senators are blocking a change in state law
Originals

The pollution plumes of North Pole

NORTH POLE, Alaska—Linda Brown would one day look back with regret on her family's optimism as they dug into the cold, hard soil.

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New Reports: Cleaning up coal sites and plugging gas wells could create thousands of jobs

Hazards from abandoned wells and coal mines plague Appalachia. Cleaning them up could be an economic boon for the region.
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Climate change, chaos, and cannibalism

Forty eight years ago, a sci-fi thriller predicted a future with all three—in the year 2022.

U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

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Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

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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.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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