Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

By Talia Buford

"The potential risks are too great," says the state's acting health commissioner. "In fact, they are not fully known."

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… nia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, all of which allow fracking. Dave Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, pointed to Penns …"

Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… etting oil and gas out of the ground. Fracking — pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground to shake lose gas and oil — kick-started the shale boom …"

"… health problems when complaints arise, but “it is highly unlikely that chemicals are being emitted at levels high enough to cause adverse health effects su …"

"… that most Americans do, TCEQ investigators were struck by the presence of chemicals such as ethylbenzene, xylene and hexane in her blood. They detected the sa …"

"… ch as ethylbenzene, xylene and hexane in her blood. They detected the same chemicals in the air near the gas pad, though not at levels the agency deems concern …"

Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

By Talia Buford

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse gases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… ries and fertilizer plants in places like Mont Belvieu, Texas, and Monaca, Pennsylvania.  They have asked state regulators for permission to release a collec …"

Five-state study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

A study of air emissions near oil and gas wells found strikingly high levels of benzene and other dangerous chemicals in some locations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… o the development of natural gas in a safe and responsible manner.” The American Petroleum Institute did not respond to repeated requests for comment. But McCawley, with …"

Pennsylvania congressman launches frack waste investigation

By David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

Congressman Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is asking state officials to review environmental exemptions for fracking waste.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… ion of growing national concern about the disposal of oil and gas waste, a Pennsylvania congressman launched an investigation Wednesday into the way his …"

"… xic material. Rep. Matthew Cartwright, a first-term Democrat from eastern Pennsylvania, wants to know more about how the contaminated leftovers from hydraulic fr …"

"… crack open shale bedrock to extract fossil fuel reserves, has transformed Pennsylvania into the third-largest state producer of natural gas behind Texas and …"

"… Wednesday Cartwright sent a letter to Dana Aunkst, the acting secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). "The Subcommittee minorit …"

Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount

By David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

Air emissions from oil and gas waste are among the least regulated, least monitored and least understood components of the fracking boom.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… and gas waste regulations in 27 states, including Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado, found that none had rules requiring regular air monitoring at commercial …"

"… anic and Atmospheric Administration scientist working at the University of Colorado, was trying to determine whether emissions from two well sites in northeas …"

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… petitioning former colleagues on behalf of clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, they started a lobbying firm with their sons, Breaux Lott Leader …"

Center for Public Integrity adds two new reporters to environment and labor team

The Center for Public Integrity’s Pulitzer Prize-winning environment and labor team is pleased to announce the hiring of two reporters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… r for Public Integrity (202) 481-1232, …"

"… d “Hard Labor.” Founded in 1989 by journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit inv …"

"… tigative journalism. Contacts: William Gray, Media Relations Specialist, Center for Public Integrity (202) 481-1232, …"

How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… hat the state’s monitoring system, set under guidelines from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, continues to show compliance with federal standards. “There’s a lot o …"

Texas fracking verdict puts industry on notice about toxic air emissions

By David Hasemyer

A nearly $3 million jury verdict against a Texas oil and gas company highlights regulatory failures and health risks linked to fracking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… industry in the past. In January 2011, with air quality worsening and the federal government beginning to take notice, the TCEQ adopted rules to reduce emissions in th …"

Texas freezes agency's funding after air pollution data released

By Lisa Song

The Alamo Area Council of Governments had its funding frozen after releasing data linking oil and gas drilling to worsening air pollution.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… ry was released, the Austin American-Statesman reported that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which funded the study, had slashed AACOG’s air-quality planning …"

"… mously on April 23 to ask the state to restore $182,000 in grants that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is withholding from the San Antonio metropolitan region. The money is crit …"

'Close your doors and go away:' readers react to fracking investigation

By The Center for Public Integrity

Reader reaction to our South Texas fracking probe ranges from heartfelt thanks to charges of hysteria mongering.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… limate News and The Weather Channel about the South Texas oil boom and the chemicals released into the air, continues to pour in. Most of it has been positive: …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… n Depth, a research, education and public-relations arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. A former aide to Newt Gingrich, he’s a polished, …"

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Despite universally poor disclosure rules, Center finds numerous conflicts among state high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… t doesn’t distinguish between a keychain and a Cadillac. Maryland, Missouri and Minnesota require requesters to pick up reports in pers …"

Study delivers good, bad news on climate-impacting methane leakage from gas wells

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

A study released today examines greenhouse-effect-causing methane emissions from natural gas drilling sites.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… s drilling sites are about 10 percent lower than recent estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While natural gas power plants emit smaller quantities of greenhouse gas …"

Coal industry, Hill allies target fine print of Obama climate plan

By Kristen Lombardi

President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — and sharp critiques — from powerful coal forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mining":

"… two biggest trade organizations — the clean-coal coalition and National Mining Association — the Center for Public Integrity found. And that’s just a …"

"… ld say, ‘You may be paranoid,’ ” said Luke Popovich, of the National Mining Association, “ ‘but even paranoids have enemies.’ ” Scott Segal, …"

William Koch emerges from shadow of famous siblings

By Michael Beckel

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lisa Murkowski":

"… s seeking comment for this story, is also a former chief of staff for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — the ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natur …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ped supervise animal tests here at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Mice and rats were do …"

"… itute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Mice and rats were dosed with chemicals, and Huff and his colleagues publ …"

"… ry is targeting Huff’s former employer and its parent, the Department of Health and Human Services — in particular, HHS’s Report on Carcinogens. Two l …"

"… d Oversight) and the House Committee on Small Business’s Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology convened to examine the science behind the Report …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… ;the wrenching prospect of relocation is not new for many communities from Florida to California. Residents living on the fence-line face long odds in their …"

"… g President Clinton — then running for re-election, and needing the Florida vote. The ad juxtaposed a Clinton quote — saying that children shou …"

"… ood treating plant. Advocates delivered the ad to Hillary Clinton, then in Florida stumping for her husband. The message, Gibbs said: “Clinton, put your w …"

"… ed by pollution never do get out. In Tallevast, a largely black southwest Florida town founded by turpentine workers, industry and government officials disc …"

Sanford gets late boost from N.Y. millionaire

By Michael Beckel

School choice advocate Howard Rich gives Mark Sanford's congressional campaign a late boost.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… Haley after the resignation in January of Sen. Jim DeMint.     …"

Judicial seminar backed by ex-president of Bolivia

By Michael Beckel and Chris Young

GMU center accepted funds from firm headed by former Bolivian president accused of human rights violations.

Tea party-aligned S. Carolina candidate bankrolled by Kentucky natural gas exec

By Michael Beckel

J.W. Kinzer's financial largesse boosts Republican Curtis Bostic in South Carolina special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… nbsp;   …"

FACT CHECK: State of the Union

By FactCheck.Org

The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… . economy has added 490,000 manufacturing jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 11,950,000 manufacturing jobs in January 2013 — u …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Republican Governors Association pulled in nearly $2.7 million, while the Democratic Governors Association collected $910,000, documents filed Thursday with the Internal Revenue Ser …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… cutive director of the Pennsylvania-based Environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment. Masur estimates that approximately 6,000 wells have been drilled in Penn …"

"… Commission (FERC) to build a facility. FERC in turn works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation and …"

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… home owned by Rose.Specialty sent several checks totaling $5.2 million to FreedomWorks for America, a super PAC affiliated with the tea party network and with fo …"

"… super PAC that is the single largest recipient of cash from a nonprofit is FreedomWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennes …"

"… ion.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its own nonprofit, FreedomWorks. That means that although the group has disclosed $15.4 million in donatio …"

Daily Disclosure: Chevron gives $2.5 million to conservative super PAC

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Oil company's donation one of only a handful from Fortune 500 companies to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia Gov":

"… e Mack’s quest for U.S. Senate in Florida.Adelson is also helping former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen in the state. Allen lost a close race to Sen. Jim W …"

D.C.-based governors' associations provide back door for corporate donors

By John Dunbar and Alexandra Duszak

Republican Governors Association delivers millions to candidates in states that restrict corporate money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Scott":

"… llion to the Florida Republican Party, which gave $5.2 million to now-Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican winner.Corporate contributions in Florida are capped at $5 …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… those earning) above $250,000, we can go back to the tax rates we had when Bill Clinton was president." THE FACTS: Not exactly. The Bush tax cuts se …"

Pro-environment group gave grant to conservative nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Why would a pro-environment group give $125,000 to a pro-energy, anti-regulatory nonprofit?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… former GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen — which h …"