The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill that moves the state a step closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the state, where it is now banned. The measure calls for a study – to be completed by May 1, 2012 – of whether the controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale would be environmentally safe in North Carolina. The state Senate passed a larger energy bill last month that calls for a similar study.
Midwest Mining Rush Threatens Water is a major investigative series on how foreign mining companies threaten the largest supply of fresh surface water in America as they begin to operate in the upper Midwest. In a video interview, reporter Tiffany Danitz Pache talks about her comprehensive six-part story. In her reporting, she focused on the different approaches three states – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota – have taken when confronting the same issues on how to protect clean water supplies.
Washington – As pundits offer their views on the shortcomings of President Obama’s plans to deal with ISIS, the subject that does not come up is the nation that has exported this twisted view of Islam throughout the world: Saudi Arabia. So why would President Obama not tackle the Saudi royal family head on and demand they stop their 15,000 very rich cousins from funding the mosques, madrassas, and foundations » read more
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On DCBureau are a story and timeline about the history of the Clean Water Act and the efforts to undermine it. Together they show an incremental, well-funded, organized campaign to weaken the law. On the 40th Anniversary of the Act, it is important to remember that environmental laws enjoyed bipartisan support for years. Weakening environmental regulations through the Congress and courts will have lasting, irreversible results.
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As the United States still remains poised to launch an attack against Syria, it would be foolhardy for Americans to count on the Pentagon for information about that or any other military operation. The days of reporters being given full access to independently verify Pentagon activities are long over. Instead, the Department of Defense has embraced the idea that it can tell its own story without going through the national » read more
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