Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of public health impact.

Labor Department unveils changes to aid miners in black lung benefits cases

By Chris Hamby

Following the series Breathless and Burdened, U.S. officials unveil a series of initiatives to create a level playing field for coal miners.

Long-awaited EPA pesticide protections a 'mixed bag' for farmworkers

By Ronnie Greene

After more than two decades, the EPA revised rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides, but advocates say they don't go far enough.

Sources of pollution in the Eagle Ford Shale

By Lisa Song and Paul Horn

Diagram of the sources of air pollution in the Eagle Ford shale.

Where Eagle Ford Shale's impact is felt

By Paul Horn

A map of the pollution complaints in the Eagle Ford Shale.

The story behind 'Big Oil, Bad Air'

By Jim Morris, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

By Kristen Lombardi

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

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Federal appeals court sides with law firm in black lung case, but finds actions 'hardly admirable'

By Chris Hamby

Coal law firm's withholding of evidence not "fraud on the court," appeals court rules, shifting long-standing battle to West Virginia.

Top environment investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite environment and workers' rights investigations from 2013.

Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science

By David Heath

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Berkeley training helps researchers 'work around' potential conflicts

By David Heath

New NIH conflict rules don't do enough, senator says, to weed out conflicts between researchers and industry: A UC Berkeley case study.

Rising caseload, fewer Labor Department judges triggers painful mix for suffering laborers

By Jim Morris

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

Dwindling number of judges burdens workers

By Jim Morris

The number of judges overseeing a federal worker compensation program has fallen, even as worker caseloads rise.

High bladder cancer rate shrouds New York plant, exposing chemical hazards in the workplace

By Jim Morris

A decades-long spate of bladder cancer at a Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. spotlights limits of regulation over dangerous chemicals.

Energy Department 'bet' on Fisker Automotive ends in bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene

An Energy Department program meant to spur development of electric cars faces another setback with Fisker Chapter 11 filing.

Congressmen call for federal investigation of black lung benefits program, citing Center-ABC reports

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Two congressmen called on the Labor Department's IG to investigate whether miners have been wrongfully denied benefits.

Center, NPR win top science reporting award

By The Center for Public Integrity

A Center for Public Integrity-NPR 2012 report documenting a resurgence of black lung disease is honored with a top science reporting prize.

Senators push reform of black lung program that 'failed' sick miners

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Citing a Center-ABC investigation, U.S. senators are leading an effort to reform the nation's black lung benefits system.

Johns Hopkins suspends black lung program after Center-ABC investigation

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Following a Center-ABC investigation, Johns Hopkins announced Friday it was suspending its black lung program, pending a review.

As experts recognize new form of black lung, coal industry follows familiar pattern of denial

By Chris Hamby

A newly recognized form of lung disease is emerging among miners — prompting the coal industry's latest pushback against benefit claims.

A century of denial on black lung

By Chris Hamby

A congressman's words 44 years ago, citing the coal industry's efforts to limit its liability for black lung, resonate anew.

Inside a coal company exam

By Chris Hamby

Gathered in a hospital in southwestern Virginia, miners wait their turn for a black lung exam by a doctor chosen by the coal company.

A 19-year fight for benefits

By Chris Hamby and Chris Zubak-Skees

Ted Latusek's course through the legal maze of the black lung benefits system.

ABC News investigation: black lung and doctors for the coal companies

"It's a total, national disgrace," says W.Va. Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Consulting fees in black lung cases flow directly to Johns Hopkins

By Chris Hamby

Doctors from Johns Hopkins University charge a premium for X-ray readings.

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

A surprising force has helped industry defeat black lung benefits claims for ailing miners: Johns Hopkins University.

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Writers and editors

Jim Morris

Managing Editor, Environment The Center for Public Integrity

Jim Morris is a senior reporter and editor at the Center for Public Integrity and co-leader of the environment and labor team.... More about Jim Morris

Kristen Lombardi

Staff Writer The Center for Public Integrity

Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007.... More about Kristen Lombardi

Chris Hamby

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Chris Hamby’s series Breathless and Burdened, describing how the coal industry beat back miners' claims for black lung health be... More about Chris Hamby

Ronnie Greene

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Greene joined the Center in 2011 after serving as The Miami Herald’s investigations and government editor.... More about Ronnie Greene