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22 Nov 2010, 5:21 am by meghna
Imagine without any fault of yours; you and your family were asked to register their names with the police. Now let’s say this penalty is extended to your whole community in perpetuity. Offended? You are right, in normal circumstances this can never happen to anyone of us but if it does we can always approach the courts. But there are some people who can’t as their fundamental rights have been encroached by a draconian British Law for centuries. Denotified Tribes In India Numerous tribes… [read post]
2 Jan 2014, 10:25 am by Max Baumhefner
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco I’ve previously written on the overlapping consumer interest in clean vehicles and clean energy, describing five pathways to make the connection between the two.  Today, Ford unveiled a sixth, covering the roof of a plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi entirely in solar cells and parking it below a solar concentrating canopy.  With the car slowly moving itself over the course of the day to follow the sun, it… [read post]
11 Apr 2014, 10:37 am by Briana Mordick
Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San Francisco The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced today that recent earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing.  A series of earthquakes up to magnitude 3.0 struck on March 10th and 11th in Mahoning County near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. A nearby Utica oil well was being hydraulically fractured at the time of the quakes, leading ODNR shut down the operation until a possible… [read post]
2 Apr 2014, 2:33 pm by Briana Mordick
Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San Francisco A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) documents serious drinking water contamination caused by oil production in Montana. This is the latest report from the USGS in an ongoing investigation of groundwater contamination in and near the East Poplar oil field. Researchers found that almost 18 square miles of the shallow aquifer in the study area is contaminated with brine (also known as “produced water”) that is… [read post]
19 Feb 2014, 2:11 pm by Meleah Geertsma
Meleah Geertsma, Staff Attorney, Midwest Program, Chicago, IL Yesterday Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced legislation aimed at preventing harmful petroleum coke from blowing into neighborhoods and impacting schools, hospitals, and other places where people gather. The bill, a joint proposal between Madigan’s office and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), is part of the continuing state and city efforts to eliminate pollution from facilities that transport, handle and… [read post]
30 Dec 2013, 8:21 am by Robert Friedman
Robert Friedman, Youth Engagement Coordinator, New York City As we approach the end of our annual trip around the sun, I’m in a reflective and thankful mood. As you’ll see in this video, a lot happened in 2013 that we can celebrate. I’m thankful for these successes, not just at NRDC, but across our movement. I can see that we’re digging in our heels for a better tomorrow. But as we enter the new year, I’m thinking about how big we are going to go in… [read post]
15 Oct 2013, 3:00 pm by Simon Mui
Simon Mui, Scientist, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San Francisco The production and use of petroleum-based fuels are responsible for approximately half of the state's entire carbon emissions. While the substitution of cleaner energy sources for crude oil, like advanced renewable fuels made from agricultural waste, is a key strategy to reduce carbon pollution, it is also important to employ technologies that can directly reduce the pollution generated from crude oil extraction and… [read post]
12 Mar 2014, 7:33 am by Amy Mall
Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C. Earlier this week, NRDC sent a letter to U.S. EPA asking the agency to deny a permit application for an oil and gas waste disposal well proposed in prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther in south Florida. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NRDC is very concerned that this wastewater disposal well would be located in prime habitat for the Florida panther--a very endangered species. The panther is so endangered,… [read post]
18 Apr 2014, 1:34 pm by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director International Program, Washington, D.C. Graphic from Oil Change International   The State Department is providing additional time for comments on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, extending the process, until more is known about the project’s route through Nebraska. A Nebraska court had invalidated the state route and it may be months before the court case concludes and a route is in place. While it makes sense to wait for a Nebraska… [read post]
31 Jan 2014, 12:30 pm by Frances Beinecke
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City The wild Arctic Ocean just got a blast of good news. Yesterday Shell Oil bowed to the inevitable and announced it will not be drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska this summer. Now the region’s coastal villages and its whales, dolphins, and polar bears will be spared a repeat of Shell’s disaster-laden attempt to drill two summers ago. Shell’s decision follows on the heels of a federal court ruling last week. The… [read post]
11 Feb 2014, 1:13 pm by Briana Mordick
Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San Francisco The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final permitting guidance for wells that will be hydraulically fractured with diesel fuel.  The guidance contains many important protections, based on solid science and EPA’s long experience with underground injection – protections that in many cases are stronger than state rules. But more needs to be done to protect drinking water because diesel continues to be used in… [read post]
12 Dec 2013, 11:07 am by Brian Siu
Brian Siu, Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C. Just yesterday, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Navy announced the joint “Farm to Fleet” program that will provide commercially competitive biofuels to the Defense Department (DoD). This initiative is in addition to DoD’s previous effort to commercialize drop-in biofuels under the Defense Production Act of 1950. Under the new program, DoD will purchase bulk volumes of competitively priced biofuel for marine and… [read post]
18 Sep 2013, 11:35 am by Max Baumhefner
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco To transform the vehicle fleet, you need to work on both ends — accelerating the purchase of cleaner new vehicles and the retirement of old clunkers. The California legislature is sending a package of bills to Governor Brown’s desk that does just that. Taken as a whole, these policies will ensure Californians at all income levels enjoy the environmental, public health, and financial benefits of cleaner,… [read post]
5 Nov 2013, 2:44 pm by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director International Program, Washington, D.C. A big part of the discussion about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline hinges on the extent to which Keystone XL would be a driver of tar sands expansion. With Canadians raising concerns about tar sands pipelines crossing their own lands and waters, Keystone XL remains the main chance for the tar sands industry to reach overseas markets with their nearly land-locked product. So what does a new… [read post]
24 Oct 2013, 12:57 pm by Briana Mordick
Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San Francisco A New Mexico oil well owned by Parko Oil LLC recently experienced a blowout, resulting in a spill of more than 8,400 gallons of fracturing fluid, oil, and water. The blowout occurred when a nearby well owned by Encana was being hydraulically fractured and the fracturing fluids intersected the Parko well. According to a news report, the two wells are about half a mile apart. Both wells are located on federal land, meaning that both the… [read post]
4 Sep 2013, 6:48 pm by David Pettit
David Pettit, Director, Southern California Air Program, Santa Monica, CA We are (regrettably) used to seeing end-of-session hijinks in Sacramento when “gut and amend” bills and other special interest tricks get rolled out.  But today we’re seeing a new one:  an entire industry that wants a free pass to pollute by evading the protections of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  NRDC and many others support SB 4 (Pavley), which has many… [read post]
6 Nov 2013, 10:48 am by Briana Mordick
Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San Francisco A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that a series of earthquakes in Texas may have been triggered by injection of CO2 and other gases into an oil field. The researchers found that 18 earthquakes with magnitudes of 3 or greater and tens of smaller earthquakes occurred between 2006 and 2011 near the Codgell Oil Field outside Snyder, TX. Generally speaking, earthquakes must be larger… [read post]
16 Sep 2013, 7:10 am by Rob Perks
Rob Perks, Transportation Advocacy Director, Washington, D.C. "The idea of pushing a ton of metal to move 200 pounds of flesh is just insanely inefficient. This doesn't even account for the energy used in maintaining the infrastructure and building the roads; It is an inherently stupid way to design a transportation system." Lloyd Alter made that excellent point in his discourse on the Livermore Laboratory's new energy use graph. A key lesson he drew from the data is that… [read post]
16 Oct 2013, 8:54 am by Pat Remick
Pat Remick, Senior Energy Communications Strategist, Washington, D.C. This week marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the Arab Oil Embargo and I remember well the frustrating and interminably long gas lines that followed. But as difficult as it was to believe then, that energy crisis helped shape national policies that allow us today to declare that America’s energy sector never has looked so good when it comes to reliability and national security. But first… [read post]
14 Nov 2013, 6:00 am by Max Baumhefner
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco Today, NRDC joins a diverse coalition of community, health, and environmental groups to launch the Charge Ahead California campaign to deploy one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within ten years.  The campaign includes the American Lung Association in California, CALPIRG, Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment, Environment California Research & Policy Center, The… [read post]