New York Times: As gas drilling spreads, towns stand ground over control

December 16, 2011 | General RCAP News

A Dec. 14 article in the New York Times begins:SOUTH FAYETTE, Pa. — As energy companies move to drill in densely populated areas from Pennsylvania to Texas, battles are breaking out over who will have the final say in managing…

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Environmental Working Group: Gas-drilling doublespeak

December 14, 2011 | General RCAP News

Landowners say companies kept them in the dark on risksWashington D.C. (EWG) – Gas drilling companies routinely warn their investors of a litany of possible disasters – such as leaks, spills, explosions, bodily injury and even death – but regularly…

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Study shows cumulative impacts of mountaintop mining on an Appalachian watershed

December 14, 2011 | General RCAP News

A study published in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show the cumulative impacts of mountaintop mining on an Appalachian watershed.The study's abstract reads:Mountaintop mining is the dominant form of coal mining and the…

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Kentucky colleges wage battle against bottled water

December 14, 2011 | General RCAP News

Kentucky.com carried this story in October about how colleges in the state are encouraging their students to not consume bottled water and to use multi-use containers.Read about how they have installed "hydration stations" 

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ProPublica: Feds link water contamination to fracking for the first time

December 12, 2011 | General RCAP News

by Abrahm Lustgarten and Nicholas Kusnetz ProPublica, Dec. 8, 2011, 8:18 p.m.In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling…

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EPA awards more than $1 million in environmental justice grants to protect people’s health

December 9, 2011 | General RCAP News

EPA also announces solicitation for 2012 grantsWASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it awarded more than $1 million in grants to 46 nonprofit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. EPA also announced it…

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EPA annual enforcement results highlights commitment to address largest pollution problems with greatest community impact

December 9, 2011 | General RCAP News

Focused effort on high-impact cases leads to increases in pollution reduced and investments in pollution controlsWASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual enforcement and compliance results. EPA’s enforcement and compliance program enforces environmental laws that…

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The Responsibility Project blog: Restaurants introduce tap water surcharges

December 9, 2011 | General RCAP News

A Dec. 7 post on The Responsibility Project's blog reports that some restaurants across the country are now charging diners for filtered tap water. The post begins:...the idea of charging diners for filtered tap water is causing a flap. The…

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EPA to provide nearly $2 million to revitalize U.S. urban waters

December 8, 2011 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 7 it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans’ health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization.…

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Federal partners unite to help rural communities with environmental and economic goals

December 8, 2011 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan spent the day Nov. 17 in rural North Carolina discussing the Obama administration’s work to strengthen rural economies. Perciasepe…

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