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Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Pipelin fight not overCarolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida's sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural gas pipeline would slice through part of their farm and their lives took another dramatic turn.

They've shooed pipeline surveyors from their pastures, made anti-pipeline signs for a protest at the county courthouse and at appearances by the Virginia governor. They've also kept up pressure on local officials.


100 Million More People Will Be In Poverty By 2030 Without Action On Climate, World Bank Says

world povertyIf countries fail to sustain policies that combat the impacts of climate change while also providing safety nets for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report finds.

The report, titled "Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty," argues that climate change is a “significant obstacle” to the eradication of poverty. Poor people are more likely to be impacted by climate-related “shocks” such as flooding, drought, crop failure, spikes in food prices, waterborne disease and the long list of extreme weather patterns that scientists have said will increase due to climate change.


Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline in major win for green lobby

Keystone pipe-line rejectedThe Obama administration will on Friday reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sources told several media outlets.   

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, whose department was charged with making a recommendation on the controversial project, are expected to make a formal announcement on the project at 11:45 a.m.


Ex-BP engineer pleads guilty in Gulf oil spill probe

BP engineerA former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages after the Gulf oil spill and ensuing investigation pleaded guilty Friday to lesser charges and avoided prison time.

Kurt Mix has been fighting an obstruction charge for more than three years. In federal court on Friday, he pleaded guilty to intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer. Prosecutors suggested no prison time for Mix, and a judge sentenced him to six months of probation.


Wisconsin locals fear dust from mines for fracking sand even as boom wanes

frackingVictoria Trinko has spent nearly every day of her life in the slice of Western Wisconsin her father bought in 1936. For decades the view out her front window was unchanging.

Except for the mountainous pile of white sand sitting at the mine a quarter-mile down the road. That’s new.

“That particular mine started in July 2011,” Trinko, 69, said. “By April of the next year, I had developed a raspy voice. I was wheezing. Sore throat.” She said her doctor later diagnosed her with asthma resulting from her environment. Her cows have started coughing, too, she said.


1,000 barrels of crude spill from pipeline in rural Oklahoma

crude oil spill oklahomaA Tulsa-based pipeline company says about 1,000 barrels of crude oil has spilled from a pipeline in rural Oklahoma.

Bruce Heine, a spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners, said in an email Friday that the oil was released about 6 p.m. Thursday from a Magellan pipeline that stretches from Enid to Ponca City.

Heine says the spill occurred in a rural area near Billings. He says no injuries or evacuations were ordered and no water was contaminated.


New York AG to investigate whether ExxonMobil climate research misled public

Eric SchneidermannThe subpoena sent to Exxon on Wednesday night by New York AG Eric Schneiderman invokes both the Martin Act — a unique statute that gives the Empire State authority to police alleged financial crimes — and his state's strong consumer protection law, according to his office. Schneiderman is also leading a coalition of states supporting EPA's climate regulations for power plants.

The subpoena follows a growing outcry among climate activists sparked by investigations from InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times into Exxon's decade-long internal research into the links between global warming and human burning of fossil fuels.


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