Jonathan Oosting Detroit News Lansing Bureau Published 1:12 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Tuesday approved a controversial Senate plan to create a new state environmental rules review committee that could include lobbyists from industries like oil and gas. Environmentalists have likened the proposal to the proverbial “fox guarding the henhouse,” but GOP lawmakers and business groups contend it would add oversight to decisions made by unelected bureaucrats. The proposed Environmental Rules Review Committee would oversee rule-making by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and could theoretically reject rules that do not “achieve their purposes in proportion to the burdens they place on individuals and businesses.” Other bills in the package would create a new environmental permit appeal panel appointed by the governor and an executive environmental science advisory board to advise the governor and … [Read more...] about Michigan House OKs plan to let industry officials help oversee environmental rules
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Milton J. Valencia Globe Staff May 18, 2018 On the booming Boston waterfront, Bradley Campbell was very much a new face on the docks.A veteran of environmental protection work in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, he arrived in the city in late 2015 as the new president of Conservation Law Foundation, a venerable environmental advocacy group perhaps best known for its 1980s court fight to clean up Boston Harbor. One of his top priorities: Defend the public’s access to the waterfront amid a surge in development. Over more than 50 years, the foundation had earned a reputation as a responsible advocate, even when it resorted to litigation to achieve its goals. But in several recent showdowns, Campbell has riled Mayor Martin J. Walsh, other city officials, and community groups with what they say is a combative and arrogant approach that threatens to erode the … [Read more...] about Did this environmental group cross the line? Or does an overdeveloped waterfront need defending?
When most of us donate our time or money to a nonprofit, we expect it to go to a mission we support, but a News4 I-Team investigation found some of the world's biggest environmental groups have been investing in the oil and gas industry for years. This information came to light as a result of the Paradise Papers, a trove of 13 million leaked documents that offer a rare glimpse into the secretive world of offshore investing. One such document, a credit agreement, shines light on some members of a $2 billion private equity fund invested largely in things like oil drilling and exploration, which directly contradicts their environmental mission. "When I heard it, I was appalled and shocked," said Gracie Brett, a rising senior at American University. She's fighting to get her school to pull its investments out of fossil fuels and has volunteered with a number of environmental groups. "I would be livid if I was giving my money and then found out it was going to something like that," she told … [Read more...] about Paradise Papers: Secret Documents Reveal Environmental Groups Invest in Oil Drilling
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia.The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that an inspection found flaws in erosion and sediment control measures last month at two sites in Wetzel County. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation April 25, saying work crews failed to prevent sediment-laden water from leaving a site where a compressor station is under construction before first passing through a control device.At another site, erosion wasn't properly channeled down a hillside, causing a portion of the slope to give way.Sediment released from the areas didn't impact nearby streams.———Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com … [Read more...] about Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for environmental violations
By Donna Littlejohn | [email protected] | Daily BreezePUBLISHED: May 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm | UPDATED: May 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm Tom Politeo of San Pedro, known throughout the community for his environmental activism for which he was characterized as a “true team player” and “never a showboat,” died Friday, May 11, following complications from surgery for a malignant brain tumor. He was 65. News of his death drew stunned reaction when it was posted on social media over the weekend. Per his wishes, only a few close family members had known he was ill for the past few months. “Tom was very private,” said his close friend of 50 years Robyn McIntyre. Services are at noon Wednesday, May 16, at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 870 W. Eighth St., San Pedro. “More than anything, we are all so sad to have Tom’s wit, warmth, intelligence and creative thinking gone from our physical presence,” wrote Marcia Hanscom who worked with Politeo … [Read more...] about Tom Politeo, committed San Pedro environmental activist, dies at 65