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Scientists Conclusively Link BP Oil Spill with Unprecedented Dolphin Die-Off

Scientists Conclusively Link BP Oil Spill with Unprecedented Dolphin Die-Off

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Scientists have for the first time made a conclusive link between the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and an unprecedented dolphin die-off along the Gulf’s northern coast. Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama experienced an “unusual mortality event” beginning in […]

In Seattle, It’s David vs. Goliath as Kayakers Hit Water to Protest Shell Oil

In Seattle, It’s David vs. Goliath as Kayakers Hit Water to Protest Shell Oil

Published on Saturday, May 16, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Kayaks began lining up on the shores of Seattle’s Elliot Bay early Saturday morning in preparation for the sHell No! “flotilla rally,” organized by social and environmental justice groups in opposition to Shell Oil’s plans to drill for fossil fuels in fragile Arctic waters. Over the […]

Guilty as Charged: Duke Energy to Pay Record Fine for Coal Ash Crimes

Guilty as Charged: Duke Energy to Pay Record Fine for Coal Ash Crimes

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Duke Energy pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay a record $102 million in fines and restitution for years of illegal pollution, ignored warnings, and poorly maintained infrastructure. U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard said it is the largest federal […]

North Dakota Town Evacuated Following Fiery Oil Train Derailment

North Dakota Town Evacuated Following Fiery Oil Train Derailment

Published on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The entire population of Heimdal, North Dakota has been evacuated Wednesday morning after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. A BNSF Railway oil train derailed around 7:30 am, setting at least 10 oil tanker cars on fire. The Bismarck Tribune spoke with emergency responders […]

Grand Canyon in the Crosshairs? Risky Mega-Development Moves Forward

Grand Canyon in the Crosshairs? Risky Mega-Development Moves Forward

Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The U.S. Forest Service is considering approval for a mega-development on the outskirts of the majestic Grand Canyon—a project the superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has called one of the greatest threats in the 96-year history of the park. The Stilo Development Group, based […]

US Plans New Offshore Drilling Rules, But Questions Remain

US Plans New Offshore Drilling Rules, But Questions Remain

Published on Saturday, April 11, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer The U.S. is set to announce new regulations on offshore oil and gas drilling as an increased safeguard against disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to reports from Obama administration officials who spoke to the New York Timeson […]

Fracking Boom Accompanied by Rise of Silent, Deadly Carcinogen in Homes: Study

Fracking Boom Accompanied by Rise of Silent, Deadly Carcinogen in Homes: Study

Published on Thursday, April 09, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Researchers in Pennsylvania have discovered that the prevalence of radon, a radioactive and carcinogenic gas, in people’s homes and commercial buildings that are nearer to fracking sites has increased dramatically in the state since the unconventional and controversial gas drilling practice began in the state […]

Chevron Whistleblower Leaks ‘Smoking Gun’ in Case of Ecuadorian Oil Spill

Chevron Whistleblower Leaks ‘Smoking Gun’ in Case of Ecuadorian Oil Spill

Published on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer In what is being described as “smoking gun evidence” of Chevron’s complete guilt and corruption in the case of an oil spill in the Ecuadorian Amazon, internal videos leaked to an environmental watchdog show company technicians finding and then mocking the extensive oil contamination in […]

New Report Debunks ‘Myth’ That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World

New Report Debunks ‘Myth’ That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World

Published on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The biotechnology industry “myth” that feeding billions of people necessitates genetically engineered agriculture has been debunked by a new report out Tuesday by the nonprofit health organization Environmental Working Group. The report, Feeding the World Without GMOs (pdf), argues that investment in genetically modified organisms, […]

‘Monsanto’s Dream’: Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress

‘Monsanto’s Dream’: Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress

Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The battle over genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, reached the U.S. capital on Wednesday when news broke that Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo will reintroduce a bill that blocks states from requiring GMO labeling. The legislation, dubbed by critics the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know or […]

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