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Ohio Fracked Gas Well Has Been Spilling For Over a Week

NOBLE COUNTY, OH -- The Allegheny Front is reporting that a Noble County, Ohio fracked gas well has been spilling toxic radioactive oil and gas waste for over a week, with the fluid entering waterways and killing fish. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) was notified on Sunday, January 24 of the spill, but was not able [...]

UNUSED GAS WELL SPEWS WHAT’S SUSPECTED TO BE FRACK WASTE, KILLING FISH

Ohio regulators are working at a gas well that started spewing what’s believed to be brine water from fracking into the environment more than a week ago. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which regulates the oil and gas industry, said in an email that it was notified on Sunday, January 24 that fluid, what [...]

Marathon to fund projects in southwest Detroit to settle refinery emissions violations

Detroit – Marathon Petroleum Co. will invest more than $ 500,000 in community projects and will pay the state nearly $ 82,000 in fines under an emissions agreement signed this week to resolve emissions violations. State Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on Wednesday released the final terms of their agreement with the [...]

COVID Amplifies Environmental Injustice in Chicago

Southwest Chicago's Little Village neighborhood is one of the city's most polluted neighborhoods and has also been ravaged by the novel coronavirus, Grist reports, yet another stark instance in which the pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated existing environmental injustices. The immigrant-rich neighborhood has been pummeled by COVID-19. At one point last November, one in nine Little Village residents had [...]

The US ignored Louisiana’s ‘cancer alley’ for decades. Will Biden finally take action?

For five years I have fought against the polluters who have poisoned our community in Louisiana’s “cancer alley”, or as we call it now, “death alley”. And for decades our fight has been ignored by the US government. This makes President Joe Biden’s decision to reference “cancer alley” earlier last week, as he signed new [...]

Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms

Sedrick Rowe was a running back for Georgia’s Fort Valley State University when he stumbled on an unexpected oasis: an organic farm on the grounds of the historically Black school. He now grows organic peanuts on two tiny plots in southwest Georgia, one of few African-American farmers in a state that has lost more than [...]

Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. The decision, a victory for Enbridge Inc., comes as the Canadian company resists Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s demand to shut [...]

Biden climate plan: Environmental justice ‘writ large’

With the stroke of a pen, President Biden brought nearly half a century of environmental justice activism to its culmination yesterday. Biden signed an executive order that promises a governmentwide approach to the disproportionate pollution burdens faced by many communities of color. But many advocates say Biden's success on confronting environmental justice will be judged [...]

Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule

A federal judge in Montana late Wednesday ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to fast-track a controversial rule about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers scientific evidence, endangering its future under the Biden administration. The Trump EPA had characterized the rule, which would restrict the use of studies that don’t make their underlying data publicly [...]

Asbestos At The Mill And In The Black Neighborhood Around It

An estimated 2,200 tons of asbestos are buried in a mound behind the five-acre former Carolina Asbestos Company in downtown Davidson. It's the leftover byproduct of the company that made shingles, automotive brake linings and other asbestos products from 1930 to about 1970. While the factory was up and running, sometimes asbestos floated in the [...]

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