Chevron Oil Spill Further Highlights Decades-Long Environmental Injustice

Chevron Oil Spill Further Highlights Decades-Long Environmental Injustice

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This past Tuesday, local residents observed a sheen on the water near the wharf off of Point Richmond in the San Francisco Bay–the result of a 600-gallon petroleum spill from Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery. The refinery, which processes 245,271 barrels of oil per day, was able to contain the […]

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Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

The Justice Department’s Environmental lawyers last week reversed numerous Trump administration policies, including one that allows companies to do environmental restoration and remediation projects as part of their fines and penalties.  At the same time, a state court in Illinois held the Trump International Hotel in Chicago had violated state environmental laws because it was using river water without a valid permit.

Why This Matters:  Our environmental laws are only effective if there is a credible threat of enforcement to ensure compliance, and when it is clear that no one — even a former-President — is above the law.

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ODP Interview with John Gray of the SEIU on Union Support for the Environmental Movement click button

ODP Interview with John Gray of the SEIU on Union Support for the Environmental Movement

This week we talked with John Gray, the Director of Legislation for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), about the union’s strong support for climate action and environmental justice.

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Pipeline Construction in Memphis Raises Environmental Justice Issues click button

Pipeline Construction in Memphis Raises Environmental Justice Issues

Pipelines often raise environmental justice issues – a problem the incoming Biden administration will need to wrestle with given the President’s campaign promises.  The nonprofit newsroom MLK50 recently reported on the construction of a pipeline in Memphis, in which the company offered resident Joseph Owens only $3,000 to buy an easement on his one acre of land.

Why this Matters: Eminent domain is meant to be a tool of last resort the government uses to ensure that infrastructure like roads and power lines can be built without one landowner stopping construction that benefits the community

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Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego reveals that plumes of smoke from wildfires in recent years threatens to undo 40 years of air quality improvements in the American West and is just as deadly as heat-related health threats.  In 2020, a record-breaking […]

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Joe Biden Plans To Repeal Keystone XL Permit on First Day in Office

Joe Biden Plans To Repeal Keystone XL Permit on First Day in Office

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer President-elect Joe Biden is expected to implement an executive order to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit on his first day in office. The story broke in CBC news, though they did not identify their sources. Apparently “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” was written on a transition briefing note […]

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