- Idyllic Landscapes? Try Polluted Paradises
- Megan Winkler
Bucolic. Isn’t that a fun word? According to the handy little box that pops up in Google when you start searching for a definition, bucolic means of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life. Yes, I had to look it up. Anyway the point is, dairy farms may look like an idyllic landscape for raising cows that provide our children with their much-loved milk and cheese snacks, but they’re actually hiding a dark secret. The Problem with Dairy Pollution According t… Read More
- Justice is (Very Slightly) Served!
- Ryan Callahan
Do you hear that sound coming from the Texas Gulf Coast? That mixture of shouts and cheers and people banging on pots and pans, of papers filed and gavels slammed, of cash hitting the table and grown men bursting into tears? That, my friends, is the sound of justice. The EPA and the Department of Justice finally nailed the Koch brothers for their willful destruction of the environment. They did it! At least, that’s what they want you to believe. When I first heard about the news about the… Read More
- Is Your Town Covered in Oil? You’re Welcome!
- Ryan Callahan
A couple of weeks ago, while seeking to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain Pipeline, which runs between Alberta and Vancouver, pipeline company Kinder Morgan argued that, while the chances of a catastrophic oil spill are “low,” such a spill would be a boon to the local economy. According to Kinder Morgan, “spill response and cleanup creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions and cleanup service providers.” If this were a movie trailer, you’d hea… Read More
- ECO-CRISIS off of the Spanish Coast
- Justin Gammill
OK, people. It’s got to stop. This pollution thing has gotten smooth out of hand … We’ve had plenty of warning and we’ve ignored it. Sure, the Chinese have to chew their air before they can breathe it. Sure, there is an island of trash in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas. Sure, the Dan River is a toxic sludge pit thanks to a coal ash spill. I knew all of these things and I raised my voice a few octaves to point them out. Well, after the article that I read earlier this week, I’m not sh… Read More
- Coal Ash Pond at Risk for Disaster
- Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A coal ash storage site in central Kentucky near Herrington Lake is at risk for a potential disaster, according to a Sierra Club report. State environmental officials responded Thursday that ground water near the E.W. Brown Generating Station is being evaluated and the ash site is in the process of being cleaned up. The LG&E-owned power plant near Harrodsburg stores about 26 million tons of coal ash in a 126-acre pond. Ash is no longer dumped at the site. The Si… Read More