April 2012

Word comes today that the recent updating of a national Canadian Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory shows all industrial and commercial sectors holding steady or making progress in 2010, save one: Oil and Gas. Canada had to perform the inventory under the terms of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Unfortunately, the dramatic rise in […]

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The new oil and gas air toxics rules that over a hundred people came out to support this last summer at an EPA hearing in Arlington are under heavy fire as they’re getting closer to getting implemented. These are rules, that for the first time would clamp down on the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) released […]

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TCEQ’s War on Public Hearings

by jim on April 11, 2012

You already know how much the current Perry-fueled Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stripped the right of citizens to contest permits being issued like candy to polluters in Austin. In Texas, you can decide to change your entire fuel regimen, from coal to coal and tires, and plastics, and car interiors, as the TXI […]

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The new oil and gas air toxics rules that over a hundred people came out to support this last summer at an EPA hearing in Arlington are under heavy fire as they’re getting closer to getting implemented. These are rules, that for the first time would clamp down on the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) released […]

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For many years now there’s been a entire theory of crime that blames a large part of the rise in anti-social behavior over the last 40 years on the exposure of millions of kids to lead paint and soil. Now comes a new study from Tulane lead expert Dr. Howard Mielke that concludes levels of airborne […]

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Asthma

by jim on April 10, 2012

Comply or Be Shut Down Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Public outrage over cement plant pollution has sparked a government ultimatum that the industry must comply with new emission standards in three months or risk being shut down temporarily or permanently. This isn't happening n Western Europe. And because this isn't fiction, it's not the US […]

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Dallas Drilling Meeting Tonight

by jim on April 10, 2012

rumors that a gas ordinance vote in Dallas could happen as soon as the middle of May, only a week or so after the City Council gets a briefing on the issue from staff. And speaking of city staff, City Manager Mary Suhm reportedly thinks any Dallas citizen who believes 500 feet is to close […]

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Comply or Be Shut Down

by jim on April 10, 2012

Public outrage over cement plant pollution has sparked a government ultimatum that the industry must comply with new emission standards in three months or risk being shut down temporarily or permanently. This isn’t happening n Western Europe. And because this isn’t fiction, it’s not the US either. No it’s Dubai.  It’s part of a larger effort […]

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Where are the Doctors?

by jim on April 9, 2012

It’s one of the most frustrating shortages grassroots activists face. Not money. Not lawyers. Doctors willing to say in public what they say in private. We can’t count how many times physicians in the DFW area have reportedly counseled their Midlothian-area patients to move out of close proximity of the three cement plants there, but […]

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First they Come for the Peanut Shells

by jim on April 7, 2012

  Here's a story from Florida about the Brooksville Cemex cement plant's new permit that displays the quintessential spin from the cement industry about their transformation into garbage burners. 1)The headline uses the preferred industry term of "alternative fuels" instead of garbage. 2) It leads with all the feel-good fuzzy bio-garbage like peanut shells and wood chips. Only further […]

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Ever noticed that the companies with the worst environmental records also don’t seem to give a darn about their employees either? It’s no coincidence. The same thinking that makes it OK to gas downwind populations also makes it OK to gas your own workers. That was the story at Exide’s Frisco lead smelter that received […]

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Sharon already caught all of this, but it’s important to note its relevance to what’s going on in the re-writing of the Dallas drilling ordinance. We really wonder if most of the members of the Dallas gas drilling task force knew what a compressor station was and did, or spoke to anyone that’s lived within […]

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Really, the headline from the New Jersey Spotlight says it all: For Smog Control at Incinerator, Public Pressure Played Key Role.” At issue was the kind of air pollution controls to require on the largest garbage incinerator in the state, run by Essex County itself. And see if this doesn’t sound vaguely familiar. In 2009, […]

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Titan Cement is trying to build a huge new cement plant near Cape Fear in North Carolina. People who live there are putting up quit a fight to prevent them from doing that. In order to get these people to settle down, Titan sued a couple of local residents, Kayne Darrell and pediatrician David Hill, who […]

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Whew. There’s quite a story from today’s Guardian involving the British Government, the Environmental Defense Fund, and right-wing Texas elected officials. The year was 2009. Her Majesty’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave 13,673 Pounds (about $21,000) to Texas EDF to “influence climate security policy and legislation in Texas.” How did EDF use this money to accomplish […]

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Word comes from Politico that after 17 years of trying, “Republicans for Environmental Protection” is 86’ing the concept and changing its name to some kind of focus-group-tested “ConservAmerica.” It’s not so much that conservatives have abandoned the environment and public health. Poll after poll shows broad support for most of the environmental agenda, and over […]

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