Overruling Marriage Equality Will Come With a Cost, Warns Arkansas Judge

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 9:16 am

Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Christopher Charles Piazza struck down Amendment 83 to the Arkansas state constitution and a parallel state law known as Act 144 of 1997 which limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Piazza, like the judges who have similarly ruled in courts around the country, brings his own style to his ruling — in his case, it’s the very pragmatic and practical language of a judge on the front lines of the state judicial system. Piazza not only rules on the case before him, but notes for the sake of the judges that will look at his ruling on appeal that should they choose to overrule him, that will come with a cost. A very steep, very personal cost.

 

Firm With History of Spill Cover-Ups Hired to Clean Up North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:25 pm

Tesoro Logistics — the company whose pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of fracked Bakken Shale oil in rural North Dakota in September — has hired infamous contractor Witt O’Brien’s to oversee its clean-up of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

New Documents Reveal More Questions Than Answers in Tesoro’s North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:46 pm

North Dakota, long known for its cattle ranches and open spaces, has recently become one of the oil and gas industry’s most prized (and profitable) possessions, thanks to the advent of fracking. However, the price of oil and gas industry development is paid in destruction to the environment and strains to the regulatory framework meant to protect the public from a reckless industry, as Tesoro’s massive oil spill attests.

Late Night: Fire Sales

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 8:00 pm

Hard to believe, but yet another corporate malefactor turns out to be a hollow shell, devoid of assets and accountability, and this time half of a town got obliterated because of it. With every emerging detail, the derailment and explosion of an unmanned (!) train in Lac Megantic, Quebec turns out to be the same old plot with new characters. A larger concern with assets to protect “spins off” its shoddiest and riskiest parts, and any attendant liabilities, and leaves it alone to flame out, usually not so literally, but still leaving everyone but the con artists at the top holding the conveniently empty bag just the same.

Two Major Lawsuits Filed Against ExxonMobil for Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

By: Monday July 1, 2013 3:58 pm

Two major lawsuits were recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against ExxonMobil, the “private empire” behind the March 2013Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill of over 1.1 million gallons of diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) into the neighborhoods and waterways of Mayflower, AR, located in Faulkner County.

New Documents Show Exxon Knew of Contamination, Claimed Lake Conway Was “Oil-Free”

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 6:35 pm

On March 29 ExxonMobil, the most profitable company in the world, spilled at least 210,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil from an underground pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. The pipeline was carrying tar sands oil from Canada, which flooded family residences in Mayflower in thick tarry crude. Exxon’s tar sands crude also ran into Lake Conway, which sits about an eighth of a mile from where Exxon’s pipeline ruptured.

Faulkner County: ExxonMobil’s “Sacrifice Zone” for Tar Sands Pipelines, Fracking

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 12:10 pm

There are few better examples of a “sacrifice zone” for ExxonMobil and the fossil fuel industry at-large than Faulkner County, Arkansas and the counties surrounding it.

Six weeks have passed since a 22-foot gash in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus tar sands Pipeline spilled over 500,000 gallons of heavy crude into the quaint neighborhood of Mayflower, AR, a township with a population of roughly 2,300 people. The air remains hazardous to breathe in, it emits a putrid stench, and the water in Lake Conway is still rife with tar sands crude.

These facts are well known.

Earth Day 2013

By: Monday April 22, 2013 4:25 pm

The first Earth day was declared by the UN for March 21, 1970 but for the US, the date of April 22 was established by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. I do not really recall anything from either of the “Earth Days” from 1970.

Arkansas Legislature Gives Final Approval for “Private Option” Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 5:07 pm

What makes this bill special is that Arkansas’s plans to expand Medicaid using a so-called “private option.” Instead of putting people under 138 percent of the federal poverty level on Medicaid, this would basically use the money to help this population buy private health insurance on the newly created exchange.

Oops, Inc.: Industry-Tied Firm Cleaning Up Arkansas Tar Sands Spill, Same Firm Also Contracted for Keystone XL

By: Sunday April 14, 2013 7:00 am

Arkansas’ Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has contracted out the “independent analysis of the cleanup” of the ExxonMobil Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill to Witt O’Brien’s, a firm with a history of oil spill cover-ups, a DeSmogBlog investigation reveals.

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