August 17, 2016

Bloomberg: Louisiana’s sinking coast is a $100 billion nightmare for Big Oil

“‘The industry down there has relied on the natural environment to protect its infrastructure, and that environment is now unraveling,’ said Kai Midboe, the director of policy research at the Water Institute of the Gulf. ‘They need to step up.’ Every year in Louisiana, more than 20 square miles of…

January 17, 2017

CBS / 60 Minutes: Town under Siege

“In every other industry, federal law would require that waste to be tracked, labeled and handled as hazardous material. But not the oil industry. Years ago, their lobbyists got a special deal from Congress which lets them pump toxic waste out of a well, label it nonhazardous, and dump it…

November 10, 2016

Supreme Court addresses pleading and proof requirements one more time

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court took what could be a landmark action. While the rest of the country’s eye were turned to the oral arguments that day on the constitutionality of DOMA in the case of United States v. Windsor, the Court took a less heralded but…

November 10, 2016

Recent developments in the battle over hydraulic fracturing

The Marcellus Shale stretches across the Appalachian Mountains, and may hold over 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Gas companies are eager to exploit this resource using the controversial technique, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). This valuable and untapped resource has caused a battle in the northeast among gas companies, environmentalists,…