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Obama Administration Facing More Opposition to Atlantic Drilling Plans

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is facing increased pressure to change his position on drilling in the Atlantic Ocean -- and not just from envir...

At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar in Virginia: Tony Smith

Jim Pierobon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Green
Jim Pierobon

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.

Preventing the Next Coal Ash Disaster

Frank Holleman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Frank Holleman

This week is the sixth anniversary of the devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, Tennessee. A dam fell apart at one of TVA's coal ash lagoons, dumping over one billion gallons of coal ash and wreaking havoc that cost over $1 billion to clean up.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Conservation Groups File Complaint Over Leaking Dominion Virginia Power Coal Ash Ponds | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. F...

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Governor Backs Controversial Pipeline Project | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

Dominion Resources plans to build a 550-mile pipeline to bring natural gas into the South, and it got the blessing of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry M...

What's Really Behind the Alabama Coal Industry's Attack on Pro-Clean Energy Groups? Answer: Market Share.

Gabe Elsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The coal industry's concerns about pro-clean energy groups are more about how the utility industry is threatened by the emergence of affordable renewable energy and their antiquated business model.

University Requests Permission To Frack On Their Land

AP | By KRISTIN M. HALL | Posted 05.16.2013 | College

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee wants to allow hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas on a state-owned tract of rolling woo...

The 10 Most Endangered Places In The South

Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

Which areas of the southern United States are the most endangered? The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based nonprof...

Environmentalists Sue Regulator To Revoke Permits Of Poorly-Reviewed Oil Rigs

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — Environmentalists seeking to curb oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday filed federal lawsuits to shut down a major BP plat...

BP Sued Over Endangered Species Harm -- But Will Anyone Collect?

RP Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
RP Siegel

Someone needs to hold BP accountable for the devastation of the Gulf Coast. If the federal government won't do its job, there are environmental advocacy groups that will do theirs.

Lawsuits Against MMS Weigh in For the Public Interest

RP Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
RP Siegel

Two groups filed suit in Alabama yesterday against the MMS, the bureau that is responsible for issuing natural gas, oil and other mineral resource permits, and also for collecting royalty fees.