Environmental News

California Governor Wants Ban on New Fracking by 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom said said California will stop issuing fracking permits by 2024 and halt all oil drilling by 2045, using his authority to take on the state’s powerful oil and gas industry in a year he will likely face …

Washington Commissioner Asking Insurers to Craft Consent Policies with Tribes

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is urging the insurance industry in his state to work with Native Americans on adopting policies of consent on environmental projects that affect Tribal nations. According to Kreidler, policies that he’s endorsing would help strengthen …

Alaska Companies Fined for Asbestos Violations

A man and two companies in Alaska have been sentenced to three years probation and a $35,000 fine for violating the Clean Air Act involving asbestos work at a shopping center more than five years ago, a judge said. The …

Oil Company Paying $1.9M for Wyoming spills

An oil company has agreed to pay almost $2 million for spilling crude oil and wastewater at two central Wyoming oilfields. The spills happened between the fall of 2016 and spring of 2018. One was in the Linch Complex Field …

Biden’s Climate Accord Move Welcomed by World Leaders

New U.S. President Joe Biden wasted no time on making known his intentions regarding climate change on his first day in office, saying he was signing an executive order to undo a number of the Donald Trump’s environmental policies. Biden’s …

Investors Sue Parent Company Behind Alaska Gold Mine

The company behind a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska faces lawsuits from investors claiming it misled shareholders who have seen an 85% drop in stock value since the summer. Two lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in New …

California Sues Companies to Recover Costs for Lead Pollution Cleanup

A lawsuit has been filed against multiple companies connected to a now-closed battery recycling plant years after California regulators pledged to recover cleanup costs from those responsible for spreading lead pollution to thousands of homes in southeast Los Angeles County. …

Montana Requires $285M Cleanup Bond from Coal Company

Montana environmental regulators have forced the owners of a power plant to provide a $285 million cleanup bond, a move some local organizations hailed as a victory for conservation. But Talen Energy, the owner of the Colstrip Power Plant, filed …

Environmentalists Say U.S. Insurers Lag Behind Peers on Fossil Fuels

U.S. insurance companies lag behind their global peers by enabling the fossil fuel industry, according to a report from an environmentalist group out this week. The Insure Our Future campaign released its fourth annual scorecard on insurers’ climate policies: Insuring …

Top Investor Group Including Allianz Warns Firms to Cut Ties to Coal

Some of the world’s largest insurers and pension schemes are warning companies they invest in not to finance, insure, build, develop or plan new thermal coal plants or face sanctions, including possible divestment. The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, whose members …