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Environmental Crime Tops List by Organizations. Main content The most common federal offense committed by “organizational offenders” —corporations, partnerships, unions, trusts, pension funds, and non-profits—was not fraud or money-laundering but environmental crime, according to a report published recently by the U.S.

Environmental Crime Tops List by Organizations

Sentencing Commission. Environmental offenses made up nearly a third (33.2 percent) of all crimes committed by organizations, followed by fraud at 21 percent and food/drug crimes at 12.2 percent (crimes involving adulteration or misbranding of drugs), the commission reported last month. House Moves to Encourage Drilling in National Parks · National Parks Conservation Association. Reversal of drilling rules part of larger attempt by Congress to weaken park protections.

House Moves to Encourage Drilling in National Parks · National Parks Conservation Association

WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) last night introduced H.J. Res. 46, which seeks to repeal updates to the National Park Service’s “9B” rules. The rules require detailed planning and set safety standards for oil and gas drilling inside the more than 40 national parks that have “split estate” ownership, where the federal government owns the surface but not the subsurface mineral rights. Bureau of Reclamation. Bureau of Reclamation. Oil and Gas: US cancels final 2 energy leases in area sacred to tribes. BILLINGS, Mont.

Oil and Gas: US cancels final 2 energy leases in area sacred to tribes

(AP) — U.S. officials on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases in a wilderness area bordering Glacier National Park that's sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of Montana and Canada, more than three decades after the tribes said the leases were illegally sold. [Native Advertisement] Lease owners in Nebraska and Texas were notified of the cancellations in a letter from Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor and offered refunds of about $30,000 each. The move is subject to a potential court challenge. Oil and Gas: Judge: Exxon Mobil must give documents to attorney general.

BOSTON (AP) — Exxon Mobil has been ordered to hand over documents related to a state investigation into whether it misled the public about the impact of fossil fuels on the climate.

Oil and Gas: Judge: Exxon Mobil must give documents to attorney general

Wednesday's decision by a Suffolk Superior Court judge is a win for Attorney General Maura Healey, who's trying to determine if the company deceived investors and consumers by hiding what it knew about the link between burning fossil fuels and climate change. [Native Advertisement] ExxonMobil announces new oil discoveries offshore Guyana. ExxonMobil announced positive results from its Payara-1 well offshore Guyana.

ExxonMobil announces new oil discoveries offshore Guyana

Payara is ExxonMobil’s second oil discovery on the Stabroek Block and was drilled in a new reservoir. The Payara-1 well targeted similar aged reservoirs that were proven successful at the company’s Liza discovery. Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests. RICHMOND, Va.

Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests

(AP) — Certain chemicals pumped underground during hydraulic fracturing would be exempt from public records requests under a bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature. M.truthdig. Protesters at the pipeline construction site on the Standing Rock reservation.

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(Rob Wilson Photography) You probably learned in high school that monopolies are bad for consumers; they eliminate the field of competition in the marketplace, leaving people with fewer options and higher prices. Mega-mergers in the food and energy markets are allowing a handful of corporations to dominate market sectors. Their market dominance means that when it comes to influencing public policy, politically powerful companies call the shots.

The global road-building explosion is shattering nature. If you asked a friend to name the worst human threat to nature, what would they say?

The global road-building explosion is shattering nature

Global warming? Overhunting? Habitat fragmentation? A new study suggests it is in fact road-building. 15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet. Secretary Jewell Announces Proposal to Reduce Methane Emissions, Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands. Proposal Would Limit Venting, Flaring and Leaking from Oil & Gas Operations to Reduce Waste and Harmful Emissions, Provide Fair Return to Taxpayers WASHINGTON – As part of the Interior Department’s reform agenda for a cleaner, more secure energy future, U.S.

Secretary Jewell Announces Proposal to Reduce Methane Emissions, Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today proposed to update 30 year-old regulations in order to reduce the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and American Indian lands. The proposed rule on venting, flaring and leaking will help curb waste of our nation’s natural gas supplies, reduce harmful methane emissions and provide a fair return on public resources for federal taxpayers, Tribes, and States.

'The Pantanal is national heritage': protecting the world's largest wetlands. Inside a small aircraft, decorated with a polka-dot jaguar design, Ângelo Rabelo checks data on a small laptop computer.

'The Pantanal is national heritage': protecting the world's largest wetlands

“We’re approaching a river spring!” Methane “hot spot” over Four Corners linked to oil, gas production sites – The Denver Post. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines and processing plants. The Dirty Fight Over Canadian Tar Sands Oil. Just south of the polar region’s barren tundra, Canada’s boreal forest provides 1.3 billion acres of wild habitat for a mind-boggling array of species—from large carnivores like grizzly bears, wolves, and lynx to nesting migratory birds to thousands of plant varieties. Its trees and bogs capture vast amounts of climate-changing carbon pollution, and its wetlands filter millions of gallons of water. Dozens of new craters suspected in northern Russia.

Notice of Amended Proposed Withdrawal, Release of Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and Notice of Public Meetings; Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. Start Preamble Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice. This notice announces the amendment of the September 24, 2015, application by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management to withdraw approximately 10 million acres of public and National Forest System lands from location and entry under the United States mining laws to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat.

Fossil fuels may have triggered the Cambrian explosion 541 million years ago. A new study has linked fossils fuels to the historic rise in oxygen that triggered the development of life on Earth. Dead plant matter stored in soil allowed oxygen to build up in Earth's atmosphere over 500 million years ago, researchers claim.

And this same matter is the key ingredient of coal, oil, organic gases, and other fossil fuels. A new study has linked the historic rise in oxygen responsible for the formation of animal life on Earth to fossil fuels. Image: This black shale, formed 450 million years ago, contains fossils of trilobites and other organic material that helped support these increases in oxygen Scientists have long speculated that a large oxygen spike during the 'Cambrian Explosion' was key to the development of many animal species. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Key Environmental and Public Health Requirements.

Hazardous Waste: Agencies Should Take Steps to Improve Information on USDA's and Interior's Potentially Contaminated Sites. Gov. Accountability Office: Managing Natural Resources. The federal government owns and manages approximately 650 million acres of land in the United States—about 30 percent of the nation’s total surface area (see fig. 1). Figure 1: Federal Lands Managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. China gets tough on smog offenders as alert level hits 'red' Images-of-change. Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System. Dry beds. Life in Flint a Year Into the State of Emergency Over Tap Water. Alberta working to ease the transition away from coal.

U.S., Canada study ways to cut pollution from coal power. OTTAWA, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The federal U.S. and Canadian governments said they'd work together at a test facility in Canada to examine ways to cut emissions from coal-fired plants. Natural Resources Canada and the U.S. Department of Energy opened a test facility to examine the use of a process known as carbon capture, utilization and storage at coal-fired power plants. New B.C.-Alaska Deal Not Enough to Protect Transboundary Rivers from B.C.’s Mines, U.S. Fisheries Panel Hears. 1, 696 = Total number of Oilfield Environmental Incidents reported to the OIL & Gas Division (ND) in 2012-2013.

04.05.13 Oil, Gas, Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Revisions to Safety and Environmental Management Systems. The Climate Deception Dossiers: Internal Fossil Fuel Industry Memos Reveal Decades of Corporate Disinformation. POWERmap: Americas Maps and Geospatial.

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Activists Attempt to Shut Down Five Major Oil Pipelines. New Pipeline Construction Issues: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Considers Allowing Incidental Takes Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Latest: Not-Guilty Pleas by 3 Newly Charged in Flint. Water Emergency in Louisiana Town Follows Years of Concern Over Aging Infrastructure.

  Poland: Fracking Found Not to Affect Environment   Regulations.gov - Supporting & Related Material Document. Stonehenge, Easter Island, Venice: Climate Change Will Destroy Human History. 'God's Bathtub:' Ancient Lake In Australia Found To Be Unaffected By Climate Change (PHOTO) Net Loss: How We Continually Forget What the Oceans Really Used to Be Like [Excerpt] What Momentum on Climate Change Means for Business. Losing Ground. What really caused the Chernobyl disaster? At site of world's worst nuclear disaster, the animals have returned. Chilling Photos Show Coral Bleaching Across the Globe. Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast.

Processes affecting oil spills. Gulf or BP Oil Spill. Texas Groundwater Protection Committee. BHP BILLITON PETROLEUM INC EXPLORATION PLAN - Regulations.gov. Climate Impacts in the Great Plains. Nestlé to Double Water Extraction 120 Miles from Flint. The Paris Agreement Is Now In Effect. In Canada You’d Never Know. High-Flow Experiment Underway at Glen Canyon Dam Simulates Natural Flooding through Grand Canyon. Interior Initiates Process to Protect Important Lands Near Joshua Tree National Park. Salazar Announces $395 Million Available to States and Tribes for Cleaning Up Abandoned Coal Mines.

Obama Administration Protects 30,000 Acres from New Mining Claims near Yellowstone National Park. Secretary Jewell, Governor Mead Protect Key Land in Grand Teton National Park. Site C dam an 'outdated solution,' says ex-premier. How the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Works. Secretary Jewell, Governor McAuliffe Recognize Major Addition to National Park System in Virginia. Secretary Jewell, Senator Tester, Blackfeet Nation and Devon Energy Announce Cancellation of Oil & Gas Leases in Montana’s Lewis and Clark National Forest. Interior Department Announces Final Rule to Reduce Methane Emissions & Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands.

This Is How We Can Tackle Climate Change, Even With a Denier in Chief. Landmark Report on Oil, Gas, Minerals, and Renewable Resources Provides New Insights into the Impact of Natural Resource Extraction on Taxpayers and Communities. Despite protests, fracking risks are modest and manageable. NY District Environmental Residency teams with EPA to clean up contamination in New Jersey > New York District > New York District News Story.

Study Finds $600M Plus in Property Losses Averted by Coastal Wetlands. U.S., Canada study ways to cut pollution from coal power. Climate change predicted to halve coffee-growing area that supports 120m people. News - Scientist calls for World War mobilization vs climate change - The Weather Network. Massive Global Tree Die-Off Caused By Geoengineering - Zen Gardner. NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? 50% of the World's Wildlife Gone in Just 2 Human Generations. Court orders New York AG Schneiderman to turn over climate change secrecy pact.