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Whither the Permitting Reform Bill in 2023?

The complex legal obstacles that face U.S. energy projects prompted political machinations over permitting reform in the last Congress and likely will again in the new one. The latest Backgrounder explores how the energy permitting system works (or doesn’t), why Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin may really be pushing for its reform and the reason some environmentalists concede reform may have green benefits.

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January 5, 2024

DEADLINE: #SEJ2024 Philadelphia Conference Travel Diversity Fellowships

SEJ and The Uproot Project are partnering to offer diversity fellowships (worth up to $2800) to support journalists' attendance at #SEJ2024 in Philadelphia, Apr 3-7. Apply by January 5!

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Op-Ed: "New Hope for Horseshoe Crabs — and the Shorebirds That Depend on Them"

"A globetrotting bird, a crab that’s not a crab, a marine snail and a fish whose reproduction is so mysterious it fascinated Freud — they all walk into a sandbar. Unbeknownst to them, their future — no joke — hung in the balance of a decision made this November by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission."

Source: The Revelator, 12/21/2022

"Coal Plant Tied To W.Va Governor Faces $1M Fine"

"A shuttered Alabama coal products company with ties to Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice would pay a $925,000 fine as part of a settlement to resolve a Clean Air Act lawsuit brought last year by local regulators."

Source: E&E News, 12/14/2022

"Virginia Air Pollution Board Votes To Leave Regional Carbon-Credit Program"

"Virginia’s air quality board on Wednesday voted to leave an interstate emissions-reduction partnership, bringing the state closer to fulfilling Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) vow to withdraw from the program earlier this year even as critics say the process needs legislative approval."

Source: The Hill, 12/12/2022

Collaborative Journalism Project Reveals Inequities in Escaping Climate Change Hazards

When U.S. communities become unlivable due to climate change impacts, can residents count on government relocation assistance — and are those most in need of help actually getting it? Those questions kickstarted a year-long investigation led by three high-powered journalism organizations. Now they’re sharing their reporting resources toolkit and inviting other journalists to widen the coverage with more local stories.

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"Gas Driller Pleads No Contest To Polluting Town’s Water"

"Pennsylvania’s most active gas driller pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminal charges, capping a landmark environmental case against a company that prosecutors say polluted a rural community’s drinking water 14 years ago and then tried to evade responsibility."

Source: AP, 12/01/2022

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