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Climate change raises a troubling question: Who gets to eat?

InsideClimate: Policymakers on Capitol Hill got a dire warning that climate change threatens food production, safety and affordability. That stark message came in a briefing by the American Meteorological Society to congressional staff members, climate scientists and federal regulators that linked climate change to a host of troubling scenarios involving worldwide food availability. Wednesday's briefing drew on a peer-reviewed study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture released during the Paris Climate Conference...

Texas Sheriff Is on Mission to End Illegal Dumping of Frack Waste

InsideClimate: Deputy Sheriff Hector Zertuche parked his pickup across the road from a gas and oil waste dump and watched through binoculars as a container truck unloaded a mountain of black sludge. Zertuche, the environmental crimes officer for Jim Wells County, is the law here when it comes to oil and gas waste. The job has fallen to him, he said, because the state's environmental agencies don't effectively police the disposal of the industry's waste. It typically contains benzene and other chemicals found...

Enbridge Dilbit Spill Still Not Cleaned Up as 2013 Closes, Irritating the EPA

InsideClimate: Little evidence remains of the chaotic scramble to stop the massive oil spill that fouled Michigan's Kalamazoo River in the summer of 2010, yet the full effects of the calamitous accident will likely remain unknown for years. State environmental officials says it could be 2018 before they are ready to issue a final verdict on the damage done to the Kalamazoo after more than a million gallons of heavy crude oil poured into the river from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc [3]. At the same time, the...

Enbridge Could Be Forced to Boost Pipeline Safety in Mich. After Water Violations

InsideClimate: Michigan environmental officials are drafting a settlement with Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge, Inc. [3] over a series of violations of the state's water laws that occurred earlier this year. The settlement would keep Enbridge out of court while requiring the company to beef up its environmental practices when testing the new pipeline it is building to replace Line 6B [4], which ruptured in 2010. That spill fouled nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River with heavy crude oil from Canada's tar...

Americans finding themselves powerless to stop pipeline companies from taking their land

InsideClimate: The distant rumbling starts about the time David Gallagher pours his first cup of coffee in the morning. It's a signal that work crews from Enbridge Inc. [3] are beginning another day of construction on an underground pipeline that will someday carry 21 million gallons of heavy crude oil a day just 14 feet from his Ceresco, Mich. home. By the time Gallagher settles into his favorite chair and sets his cup on the living room table, the parade of bulldozers, backhoes and trucks is grinding past...

Catastrophic Pipeline Ruptures Still Too Big a Risk for Enbridge, Report Warns

InsideClimate: Pipeline regulators in Canada and the United States are being cautioned that claims by Enbridge Inc. that it improved its safety procedures and adopted sophisticated inspection practices are exaggerated and that pipeline ruptures as catastrophic as the company's 2010 accident in Marshall, Mich. [3] are still possible. The warning came in a report filed this month with the Canadian National Energy Board [4], which is considering Enbridge's request to reverse the flow of an oil pipeline in Eastern...