Supreme Court: Pipeline Can Take State Land

Supreme Court: Pipeline Can Take State Land

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that New Jersey can’t stop the PennEast natural gas pipeline from being built on state land. The pipeline, planned to run 116 miles from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, needs to be built on land owned by the state of New Jersey. […]

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20-Year Texas Oil Subsidy Quietly Dies as Legislative Session Ends

20-Year Texas Oil Subsidy Quietly Dies as Legislative Session Ends

A 20-year-old tax break for oil and gas companies in Texas quietly met its end last Thursday. In the previous two decades, a provision of the Texas code known as “Chapter 313” has provided $10 billion in property tax relief to corporations in Texas, primarily petrochemical firms.

Why This Matters: Texas has long been a “safe space” for the oil industry. Experts say that the fact that the program quietly died is a sign of changing attitudes around fossil fuels and climate change.

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ExxonMobil’s Shareholder Meeting Drama — Board Seats Contested By Pro-Climate Hedge Fund

ExxonMobil’s Shareholder Meeting Drama — Board Seats Contested By Pro-Climate Hedge Fund

A group of investors is attempting to displace four members of the ExxonMobil Board of Directors in the Board election at the annual meeting to be held on Wednesday — and according to Axios and The Washington Post, this challenge represents a battle for the future of the oil and gas giant. 

Why It Matters:  This election campaign is not driven by climate activists or political pressure — it’s about return on investment and long-term financial weakness.

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Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Tuesday found that just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of all single-use plastic pollution. The Plastic Waste Makers Index names some of the world’s largest plastics manufacturers and notes that many are backed by a small pool of financiers. The study — and its detailed […]

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EPA Orders St. Croix Refinery to Close Until Proven Safe

EPA Orders St. Croix Refinery to Close Until Proven Safe

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Limetree Bay refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands to close for at least 60 days because its operation is an “imminent risk to public health,” the agency said in a statement. 

Why This Matters: The air pollution and oil that were being emitted at the plant have long caused harm to the people of St. Croix, a majority Black island.

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Michigan Moves to Shut Down Pipeline, Tensions Rise Between US and Canada

Michigan Moves to Shut Down Pipeline, Tensions Rise Between US and Canada

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Keystone XL isn’t the only oil pipeline under threat of having its permit revoked. A battle is ramping up in Michigan, where Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered Calgary-based Enbridge to shut down a nearly 70-year-old pipeline that carries millions of barrels of crude oil beneath the Great Lakes each day. Indigenous communities […]

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