A drilling rig near Kennedy, Texas, in the Eagle Ford Shale region.
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With more than 7,000 oil and gas wells and 5,500 more already approved, the Eagle Ford shale play in Texas is one of the most active drilling sites in the nation. But according to a new investigation, Texas is failing to adequately monitor the site’s emissions, which is leading to health concerns for nearby residents.
The Dan River appears cloudy after the February 2, coal ash spill from a Duke plant.
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On Monday, the North Carolina Environmental Review Commission heard three hours of updates by state environmental regulators and a Duke Energy Executive on the Dan River coal ash spill.
“I’m sorry this incident occurred. We are accountable for what happened,” George Everett, Duke’s director of environmental and legislative affairs told the commission, which consists of House and Senate legislators.
Opposition from House Republicans is holding up a vote on giving snow-bashed school districts four extra calamity days that would not need to be made up. Snow and frigid temperatures have already prompted a number of Ohio districts to close for at least nine days this year – the new maximum under the bill that was scheduled for a vote today, but was instead passed over with a 57-34 vote. Go to Source
Christopher Williams believes that one little box changed the trajectory of his life.
Williams has been to prison more than once. When he was inside, he tried to prepare himself for the outside, for a chance to move on from the thing for which he’d done his time, by participating in job training programs and GED classes. But when he got out, that box — the box on job applications that asks if the applicant has ever been arrested or convicted of a crime — stopped him in his tracks.
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House Republicans’ concerns about giving students too many days off and paying school personnel for days not worked stalled a bill yesterday that would give Ohio districts four additional calamity days because of the brutal winter. Snow and frigid temperatures already have prompted a number of Ohio districts to close for at least nine days this year; that’s the new maximum under the bill, which was scheduled for a vote yesterday but was instead passed over. Go to Source
With workers and activists pushing minimum wage hikes at increasingly local levels, one Wisconsin opponent of pay mandates thinks it’s time to take away local lawmakers’ authority over wages in their own jurisdictions.