oil and gas drilling
June 29, 2017 -
President Trump wants to open an area from Delaware to Florida to seismic airgun blasting for offshore oil and gas reserves, a plan that carries risks for coastal communities while benefiting mostly foreign firms. Federal officials are accepting public comments on the proposal through July 6.
January 10, 2017 -
Last week the Obama administration denied all pending permits to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean, but pro-drilling politicians who don't represent directly affected coastal communities say they'll work to reverse the decision under Trump.
October 14, 2016 -
This week an environmental alliance released data showing that the oil industry in Louisiana has more than 30 accidents a week — from offshore platform spills to pipeline leaks that are poisoning the coastal wetlands and marine environment.
September 23, 2016 -
The EPA is considering a proposal to allow oil and gas companies to continue to dump wastewater from offshore fracking directly into Gulf waters. The industry dumped more than 76 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into the Gulf in 2014 alone.
June 10, 2016 -
A North Carolina-based climate advocacy group filed a complaint this week with the Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General charging that the EPA is covering up underreporting of the natural gas industry's emissions of methane, an especially potent greenhouse gas.
April 29, 2016 -
More than two decades ago, Louisiana created a tax exemption for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells that's still in place — and it's costing the cash-strapped state billions in revenues.
March 18, 2016 -
Created to protect oil rig workers after the deadly BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is failing to perform its most basic functions. Meanwhile, offshore rig workers are dying on the job at an alarming rate.