Indonesia’s freeze on palm oil plantation permits lacks transparency: industry watchdog

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Indonesia’s freeze on palm oil plantation permits lacks transparency, making it difficult to assess its effectiveness, and the government should provide updated information, an …

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Palm oil watchdog urged to take ‘giant leap’ to save forests

KUALA LUMPUR–The global watchdog for the palm oil industry must strengthen its standards to require all members to commit to ending deforestation–or risk becoming irrelevant, an increasing number of …

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Consumer Watchdog Demands That State Oil Regulators Publicly Reveal Leaking California Oil Wells That Are Counted But Not Disclosed

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer Watchdog urged Governor Jerry Brown to direct state oil regulators to publicly post all oil well leaks in the state after learning that the state is tracking all spills from wells of …

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Norway safety watchdog to probe Statoil refinery leak

The leak caused a temporary evacuation of the 240K bbl/day refinery on Norway’s west coast, which processes crude oil from Troll and other offshore fields. The refinery remains partly shut, and it is not clear when it could return to normal operations.
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Watchdog Group Sues US for Access to Shell Oil’s Safety Plan for Arctic Drilling

Indeed, Shell’s first attempt at drilling in the Chukchi in 2012 ended badly when the company was forced to cancel its operations after a series of embarrassing mishaps and accidents, including a 155,000-gallon fuel spill and the complete failure of its …
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Congressional Watch-Dog Warns Fracking Waste Could Threaten Drinking Water

The Government Accountability Office says new risks from underground injections of oil and gas waste could harm drinking water supplies, and the EPA needs to step up both oversight and enforcement. The GAO released a study on Monday detailing the EPA’s …
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Fracking watchdog is linked to oil industry – San Antonio Express

Fracking watchdog is linked to oil industry
San Antonio Express
A retired aerospace executive — appointed to review a controversial study on hydraulic fracturing after it was disclosed the author has strong industry ties — has strong industry ties himself. On Monday, the University of Texas at Austin appointed

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Author of US fracking study had gas industry ties: watchdog – Outcome Magazine


Author of US fracking study had gas industry ties: watchdog
Outcome Magazine
Lead author Charles “Chip” Groat, of the University of Texas, told reporters when the research on hydraulic fracturing was presented at a major science conference in Canada in February that the university had turned down all industry funds for the study.
Points worth noting: fracking study, bike helmets and artFort Worth Star Telegram

Pro-fracking study's author linked to gas industryRT
U of Texas to review report on fracking impactsAkron Beacon Journal (blog)

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Environmental watchdog reveals ecological damage worth AMD 1.42 mln

Sanctions by the State Environmental Inspection brought a total of AMD 1.24 mln proceeds to Armenia’s state budget.
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Environmental watchdog finds gaps in Ontario's climate change strategy

TORONTO – Ontario's environmental watchdog warns the province needs to do more to offset the growing impacts of climate change, and is ill-prepared for another ice storm.
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