OIL AND GAS
Memphis pipeline faces environmental justice reckoning
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Byhalia Connection pipeline, a 50-mile oil conduit planned to run through and around Memphis, has come under fire from environmental groups and community activists. Opponents are also seeking to harness deep-seated resentment from years of pollution from the heavy industry that flanks the city's heavily Black southwest corner.
Solar 'contagiousness': A key for environmental justice?
Two new studies, including one funded by the Energy Department, are building a case for residential solar to become part of the toolbox for environmental justice.
Forgotten: Can Biden tackle tribes' water woes?
Water shortages, lack of indoor plumbing and water contamination fueled the spread of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation.
Hardship binds flood survivors: 'All we have is each other'
One of the most effective environmental justice groups you never heard of operates not from New York City or Washington, but from a tiny town in northern Florida at the edge of the Alachua Sink, an ancient lake bed that fills up during major storms.
OIL AND GAS
Tenn. pipeline project sparks environmental justice fight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An effort cast as a fight for environmental justice yesterday ran headlong into the persuasive powers of the oil industry.
EPA brings equity agenda to struggling sewage systems
Even before the pandemic, Louisville, Ky., faced staggering obstacles to upgrading its sewage and flood control infrastructure.
Highway foes see ally in Buttigieg
Highways are emerging as a focal point for environmental justice activists across the country following the Department of Transportation's intervention in a Texas project last month.
EPA chief to staff: Focus on underserved communities
EPA Administrator Michael Regan today directed top aides to take "immediate and affirmative steps" to engage with pollution-burdened, underserved communities, including on enforcement, permitting, rulemaking and other policies.
How Biden's environmental justice plan could backfire
The Biden administration's $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan promises to seed a transformation toward a more democratic energy system, but its embrace of "next-generation" technologies may spark environmental justice battles, analysts say.
Pollution deal exposed Trump EPA official to ethics charges
In 2017, as a federal air pollution inquiry into an Alabama fuel plant dragged into its sixth year, someone well known to the plant's executives took the reins at EPA's regional office in Atlanta.
EPA deal with Ala. polluter undercuts Biden equity pledge
While the Biden administration trumpets a renewed commitment to environmental justice, a decadelong saga surrounding the ABC Coke complex exposes the barriers to achieving those equity goals.
Climate project reveals racial tensions at Minn. golf course
MINNEAPOLIS — Black people faced overt discrimination on this city's public golf courses until the 1950s. Now climate change is elevating golf's racist past once again.
Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts
While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.
Biden's promise for justice tested in tribal coal fields
Razing one of the nation's largest coal plants in December slashed emissions. But it also took jobs away from some of the people who are hit hardest by climate change.
What's in a phrase? Activists weigh front line vs. fence line
Front line or fence line?
Paula Glover uses her energy post to promote racial justice
Years ago, as a recent college graduate interested in fashion advertising, Paula Glover had two job offers on the table: One was in the payroll department at the fashion company Escada; the other was a temp job at a gas company.
Ignored no longer, people of color shape climate action
Communities of color that have long suffered from fossil fuel pollution are harnessing growing influence on the national stage as President Biden races to address climate change.
Biden climate plan: Environmental justice 'writ large'
With the stroke of a pen, President Biden brought nearly half a century of environmental justice activism to its culmination yesterday, signing an executive order that promises a governmentwide approach to the disproportionate pollution burdens faced by many communities of color.
Biden could use TSCA to meet environmental justice goals
Some of the most significant environmental justice actions taken early under President Biden could run through a major toxic chemicals law.
Advisers rebuke FEMA for racial unfairness in disaster aid
A federal advisory panel has issued a startling report that says government disaster aid exacerbates inequality by enriching affluent areas and shortchanging low-income and minority communities.
Online shopping means trucks full of presents — and CO2
Holiday shopping looks different this year as the pandemic pushes customers from brick-and-mortar stores to online retail.
Pollution, poverty and pandemic: A community on edge
In a segregated community outside of an Alabama oil refinery, chronic illness tells a story of racial inequality, poverty and disease as the United States approaches 300,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Trees as a civil right: 'All we have is cement and pavement'
When Carmen Storms, 69, looks down at the trees of Melnea Cass Boulevard from her eighth-floor apartment, she thinks of her father, Alvin — twice driven from his home during Boston's urban renewal boom of the 1950s and '60s, when the city used eminent domain to raze the homes and businesses of Black families.
Pandemic, unpaid bills test utilities' social justice vows
They may not march with Black Lives Matter, but you wouldn't know it from the tone struck by chief executives of some of the largest U.S. electric companies.
How electricity deepens the South's racial divide
Nationwide protests over racial injustice in recent weeks are stirring a fight against a deep-rooted energy gap in U.S. households.
Years of toxic leaks raise cancer risk in refinery town
Industrial pollution is a risk factor in the era of COVID-19. But an oil refinery in Artesia, N.M., poses a heightened threat to residents: It has some the nation's highest annual emissions of cancer-causing benzene after a decade of slack government oversight.
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Toxic refinery leaks imperiled Philadelphia residents
PHILADELPHIA — Last June's catastrophic explosion at the East Coast's biggest oil refinery provided a stark illustration of the hazards to nearby Philadelphia neighborhoods. But even in its wake, officials gave no notice to residents that the now-bankrupt refinery had registered some of the highest levels of cancer-causing benzene emissions in the country.