The Latest On: Arctic
Environmental groups filed a lawsuit last week against the U.S. Interior Department for prematurely approving Shell’s plan to drill in the Arctic this summer, notwithstanding the inadequate and overly optimistic spill response program proposed by the company. The legal challenge seeks to ensure that the government establishes sufficient safeguards for long-term protection of endangered species and fragile Arctic habitat and enforces rigorous guidelines for regulating future drilling projects.
(Trip Van Noppen is President of Earthjustice)
Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling plans are premised on a growing legacy of broken promises regarding the company’s ability to protect the fragile Arctic from drilling impacts. And, as in the past, Shell is again asking the federal government to be lenient, accept more empty promises, and let the drilling begin.
For years, white ash has been blowing across the desert from the Reid Gardner Power Plant right into the homes on the Moapa Paiute Indian Reservation. The Paiutes claim that this ash—the waste from the power plant—is making them sick. The power plant claims that the Paiutes are wrong. This week, a 3-part investigative series from KSNV, the NBC station in Las Vegas, examines the situation in Moapa from three sides. The Paiutes and the power plant each get their say—as does science.
Twenty seven million Californians—80 percent of the state’s population—are exposed to emissions from ocean-going vessels, resulting in serious health impacts such as cancer, respiratory illnesses like asthma, as well as increasing the risk of heart disease. California estimates that the ships’ direct particulate emissions cause 300 premature deaths across the state every single year, even after excluding cancer effects.