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Contamination

Documents Reveal EPA's National Fracking Study Halted by Industry Pressure

Jesse Coleman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Green
Jesse Coleman

Fracking companies had extensive influence over a critical study of the groundwater impacts of fracking, according to insider documents released by Greenpeace.

Courts Deep-Six Details of Chevron's Relationship to Shady Characters in Cover-up of Ecuador Environmental Disaster

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

After more than two decades of litigation, Chevron continues to protect a series of shady characters who haye been instrumental in trying to sabotage a legal case brought by indigenous groups over environmental damage in Ecuador's rainforest.

Chevron's Sham Remediation in Ecuador: Toxic Oil Pits Continue to Contaminate

Karen Hinton | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Ignoring the evidence, the oil giant continues to tout the agreement as its "get-out-of-jail-free" card, and U.S. reporters continue to use it in their stories as a legitimate response to the Ecuadorians' charges.

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Plague Plots - Dispatches from Gabriel García Márquez

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can the accounts and depictions transmitted by Love in the Time of Cholera help us cope with Ebola?

Chevron Will Lose Ecuador Pollution Case on Both Law and Facts

Karen Hinton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit. In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost already. They haven't.

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

'I Got It From the Beginning': What Five Years of Vicious Retaliatory Litigation Gets Chevron

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Aaron Marr Page

The idea that U.S. judicial authority can be deployed so neatly in service of a single private interest, even (or especially) one of the country's most powerful corporations, is a bit hard to swallow, at least for me.

How Chevron's Scientists Misled Courts and Public About Death and Disease in Ecuador

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Doubt Is Their Product, the book by Dr. David Michaels, describes in depressing detail how industries, their scientists, corporate lawyers and large PR firms have "shaped and skewed" science to create doubt about the dangers of chemicals and other toxins industries produce.

False Testimony Forced Chevron To 'Prep' Its Million-Dollar Witness For 50 Days In Ecuador Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Just when you thought the long-running and bitter Chevron/Ecuador legal battle could not get any more bizarre, it does.

Chevron: Release The Secret Evidence That Proves Your Guilt In Ecuador

Karen Hinton | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Instead of succumbing to Chevron's pressure tactics, CBS' lawyers should grow a backbone and demand to see contamination "playbook" documents that Chevron has been forced to produce in an international arbitration proceeding.

Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

The big news this week in the Chevron-Ecuador saga is the Patton Boggs settlement with the oil giant, which should not be shocking to anyone following the financial troubles of the law firm.

U.S. Chevron Ruling: One-Sided Justice for Ecuadorians

Karen Hinton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Separate and apart from all of the mind-numbing legal arguments and case law, the Ecuadorians are getting supremely screwed again by delaying justice.

On Top of Old Smokey: A Miami Middle School's Community Awareness Campaign

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 04.30.2014 | Miami
J. Patrick Redmond

G.W. Carver Middle School is one of 15 national finalists in Samsung's "Solve for Tomorrow" education contest which gives schools across the United States the opportunity to win more than $2 million in technology. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Ms. Vazquez and talk about her students' accomplishment.

Water, the World's Greatest Resource in Peril

James Grundvig | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
James Grundvig

Part of the problem is education. Another is coming up with solutions at the local level. Americans have a poor view and understanding of water issues here, while governments all over the world fail to regulate bottled drinking water.

Confession Contamination in Cook County: Demonizing Youth in False Confession Narratives

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

In Cook County's juvenile false confession cases, police officers and prosecutors have taken confession contamination to a new level. Not only did they feed facts to suspects, they scripted entire narratives for them.

Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

Chevron Looks For 'Any Opening to Discredit' $19 Billion Ecuador Judgment, New York Times Writes

Karen Hinton | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business
Karen Hinton

The question is whether the scales of justice will be as balanced as the news article, or whether Chevron's superior firepower will be able to overwhelm the gripping stories of those impacted.

Beef Recalled Due To Possible E.Coli Contamination

Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living

Time to check out the label on your ground beef. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a Kansas company has recalled approximately 50,00...

Coloradans Urge Democratic Governors to Invest in Renewables, Reject Fracking

Allison Wolff | Posted 09.16.2013 | Denver
Allison Wolff

On Saturday, July 13, Frack Free Colorado joined Protect Our Colorado and dozens of other groups outside the Democratic Governors Association meeting in Aspen, Colo., to remind the state leaders, that good governors don't frack their people.

BP Held Accountable For U.S. Deaths and Oil Spill While Chevron Remains Fugitive From Justice In Ecuador

Karen Hinton | Posted 11.15.2012 | Green
Karen Hinton

BP is being held accountable for its mistake in the U.S., but Chevron remains a fugitive from justice for its crimes in Ecuador. It's hard not to conclude that a U.S. life is just worth more than an Ecuadorian life.

How Environmental Contamination Has Changed the Course of Evolution

David Crews | Posted 12.05.2012 | Science
David Crews

What we want to discuss here is the effect of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on evolution and show how present evolutionary theory, developed and codified prior to the chemical revolution, does not account for life in our contaminated world.

What Chesapeake Energy's Financial Scandals Mean for the Rest of Us

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.30.2012 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Given radioactive wastewater, earthquakes, and flammable tap water, one might think that drilling and fracking could not possibly have any more dirty secrets. But here's the biggest secret of all: it's expensive.

Our Contaminated World

David Crews | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
David Crews

The FDA will soon announce whether to ban the use of bisphenol-A in food and beverage packaging. BPA is widely accepted by scientists as being an endocrine disruptor, and we support its ban because of demonstrable effects in wildlife and laboratory animals.

What BP Owes Americans

Jackie Savitz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Jackie Savitz

Given the extreme carelessness of BP and the vast scope of the resulting damage done, a low-end settlement would send the wrong message to BP and the other companies that are drilling in our oceans, telling them that they may not have to pay for future damages they cause.