Solar panel startup leaving customers in limbo

An Oregon Public Broadcasting investigation found that the Legend Solar, a formerly booming solar panel company, is now at risk of collapse with a debt that could be as high as $2 million. Many of its customers are in limbo after paying deposits on solar panels that never arrived or for warranties on equipment they now…

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Natural gas building boom fuels climate worries, enrages landowners

The Center for Public Integrity teamed up with StateImpact Pennsylvania on an investigation into the federal regulator behind an Appalachian natural-gas pipeline building boom. Only twice in the past 30 years has the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a pipeline out of hundreds proposed. The investigation found blurred lines between the agency and the industry,…

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Industrial air pollution often comes from a group of ‘super polluters’

Almost a third of all toxic air pollution in the United States in 2014 was due to 100 facilities in the country, according to a nine-month investigation by The Center for Public Integrity. In partnership with the Weather Channel and the USA TODAY Network, The Center for Public Integrity reported on the health impacts of…

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Biofuel company with polygamous ties spent big on Utah politicians

A high-profile biofuel company in Utah known to have connections with a polygamous sect has been accused of collecting rewards from a federal program intended to produce alternative fuel. Washakie Renewable Energy received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to produce alternative fuels and also benefited from a congressional tax deduction program administered by…

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The Clean Energy Governor And The Columbia River Oil Refinery

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who has cultivated a reputation as a national leader on climate change policy, has claimed ignorance about a proposed oil refinery in his state. But emails obtained by Oregon Public Broadcasting reveal the governor’s top advisors have been in discussions with the refinery for more than a year.

Ohio consumers face difficulties filing complaints against utilities

Ohio consumers going up against a utility company haven’t fared well in recent years, according to an article by The Columbus Dispatch. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ruled in favor of consumers just four times in the last 10 years. Nearly 870 people made formal complaints in that time period. Settlements are the most…

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Quake Debate: Science questioned while state’s earthquake studies go unfinished

In 2014, Oklahoma was the site of 585 earthquakes measured 3.0 or above; that’s more earthquakes than in the past 35 years combined according to Tulsa World. A significant amount of scientific studies have attributed this dramatic shift in natural disasters to the 3,200 active disposal wells, where water produced in the drilling of oil…

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Regulators lack resources to confront risks posed by exploding oil trains

Almost a year and a half after an oil train explosion devastated a Quebec town —and after three railcar explosions in the United States — those headline-grabbing measures have turned out to be less than they appeared. Idling oil trains are still left unattended in highly populated areas. The effort to draft new safety regulations…

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Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes

About every other day over the past decade, a gas leak in the United States has destroyed property, hurt someone or killed someone, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds. The most destructive blasts have killed at least 135 people, injured 600 and caused $2 billion in damages since 2004. A crack found in a cast-iron…

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