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South L.A. Residents: Stop Oil Drilling in Our Neighborhoods

South L.A. Residents: Stop Oil Drilling in Our Neighborhoods

Throughout its history, the fossil fuel industry has played a major role in the development of Los Angeles. The massive oil fields and high production rates have branded L.A. as the largest urban oil field in the country. While the development of these fields didn’t pose a problem to the city’s 50,000 residents in the […]

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

I grew up in the Cumberland Mountains near Jellico, Tennessee. My great-grandfather was a coal miner and my grandfather was a coal miner, on my mother’s side. I was the first in my family to go to college. I went to Alice Lloyd College in Knott County, Kentucky, to study science and biology. But I […]

U.S. Cancels Oil and Gas Leases, Preserving Land in Sacred Areas

U.S. Cancels Oil and Gas Leases, Preserving Land in Sacred Areas

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials are canceling 15 oil and gas leases in an area bordering Glacier National Park that’s considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. The cancellation was aimed at preserving the 130,000-acre Badger-Two Medicine area, the site of the creation story […]

Navajos Sue Over Mine Spill That Put Arsenic and Lead Into Rivers

Navajos Sue Over Mine Spill That Put Arsenic and Lead Into Rivers

Leaders of one of the nation’s largest American Indian tribes blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as their attorneys sued Tuesday, claiming negligence in the cleanup of a massive mine waste spill that tainted rivers in three Western states. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye stood on the bank of the San Juan River in northwestern […]

Environmental Racism: A Letter From New Mexico to Flint

Environmental Racism: A Letter From New Mexico to Flint

Dear Families of Flint, I know that you might be angry or frustrated that Flint’s water crisis is fading from national attention. In this fast-paced news environment, the devastation that families in Flint, Michigan are facing is beginning to fade from front-page news. Yet Flint’s residents are still dealing with the short and long-term effects […]

Groups: 'Harmful' Effects of Tenn. Coal Mines to Be Reviewed

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A coalition of environmental and community groups won an agreement this month to help protect two species of fish from mining pollution in the streams of Tennessee.  On Jan. 19, a federal judge approved a settlement that calls on the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with […]

San Diego Groups: Money for Clean Air and Transit Are Needed

San Diego Groups: Money for Clean Air and Transit Are Needed

A coalition of San Diego community organizations interested in fighting climate change sent a message on Monday to the regional association of governments: We’ll work with you on a ballot measure but we want tax dollars invested in clean air, reliable transit and jobs.  At issue for the coalition of 20 organizations, which represent 150,000 […]

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