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Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Obama Signals Keystone XL "No" on Colbert Report As Enbridge "KXL Clone" He Permitted Opens

Steve Horn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In his Dec. 8 "Colbert Report" appearance, President Barack Obama gave his strongest signal yet that he may reject a presidential permit authorizing the Alberta to Cushing, Oklahoma northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Timothy Geithner's Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogSeveral environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of ...

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

Steve Horn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...

Paving the Future of Transportation Policy: What Congress Smoothed Over This Year, and Where the Pot

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.13.2012 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Two years is welcome certainty for a sluggish economy but a blink of an eye for policymaking. NCLR is committed to monitoring implementation of transportation reauthorization and helping to pave the way for strong legislation in 2014.

The Fracking Plot Thickens: Are Gas Leases on Thin Ice?

Kyle Rabin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Kyle Rabin

Most people would agree that fracking comes with an assortment of environmental risks given that it's a heavy industrial activity; in this case an activity that introduces hazardous substances into people's backyards. What's less clear is the regulatory and legal landscape.

Lucia Graves

Fracking About-Face By USDA Sparks Filmmaker's Criticism

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.20.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture sparked the ire of hydrofracking opponents Tuesday, when it reversed its plans to require rural housi...

The Conservation Disjunct: A Republican Heritage Any Good Democrat Would Love to Embrace

Steven Sanderson | Posted 05.02.2012 | Green
Steven Sanderson

Government must act to protect public goods such as air and collective goods such as wildlife, because otherwise they will go unprotected.

Los Alamos Lab Waste Transfer Challenged In Federal Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Three groups are challenging the shipment of radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to Utah through Colora...

Loopholes and Exemptions; How the Oil and Gas Industry Is Allowed to Police Itself

Andrew Romanoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Andrew Romanoff

In a fundraising appeal he sent out last week, Senator Bennet criticized the "corporate loopholes" that lead to "catastrophic financial and environmental disasters." Mr. Bennet's stance, however, contained a loophole of its own.

Supreme Court Case a Defeat for Monsanto's Ambitions

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Kimbrell

It should be no surprise that Monsanto's PR machine is working hard to spin the truth in this morning's decision in the first-ever Supreme Court case on genetically engineered crops.

In Wake of BP Spill, Will We Save Our Oceans?

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

As BP Deepwater Horizon shows, in images as grotesque as Cousteau's were gorgeous, we cannot let the ocean's mystery lull us into inaction.

U.S.-Mexican Border Wall Destroying Habitats for Endangered Animals (SLIDESHOW)

Boonsri Dickinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Boonsri Dickinson

The building of a border wall along the Rio Grande has an unlikely victim: local wildlife. Most of the wall, in fact, was built without any regard to environmental laws.