For years, oil and gas companies have plumbed the earth beneath Los Angeles. And in most cases the companies and city — surprise! — allegedly sidestepped environmental laws in the process. Poor communities of color have suffered the most. “The city disproportionately exposed people of color to greater health and safety impacts,” says attorney Gladys Limón of the environmental justice nonprofit Communities for a Better Environment.
In 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity and two local youth groups, Youth for Environmental Justice (which is affiliated with CBE) and the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, sued L.A. The lawsuit claimed that Los Angeles unlawfully allowed oil companies to drill hundreds of oil wells in residential neighborhoods across the city without assessing environmental threats, and that black and Latino residents disproportionately faced health and safety risks.
The city settled out of court in September 2016. As a result, officials created new procedures that oil and gas operators have to follow, including environmental impact studies, and hearings that include residents when the companies want to expand drilling sites.
“I’m really happy that the city listened,” says 16-year-old Giselle Cabrera of Youth for Environmental Justice. “But I still think the fight isn’t over.”
Cabrera is right: Two days before Los Angeles settled, an oil lobbying group called the California Independent Petroleum Association countersued both youth groups, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the city. It was a retaliatory move, Limón says, meant to send a message. If a judge agrees with Limón, the pending countersuit will be struck down as meritless. Turns out the kids ruffled a few oily feathers.
Meet all the fixers on this year’s Grist 50.
Michael Tang thought his 8-year-old’s mile-long walk would fix homework problems, but the lesson has turned out to be much bigger than that. […]
The Agreement S. E. Lund Genre: Erotic Romance Publish Date: March 28, 2014 Publisher: S. E. Lund Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father — a Justice on New York's Supreme Court with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it's just research and nothing personal for she can't afford to become the target of gossip or scandal. She hopes that the carefully worded agreement she writes up will keep her relationship with the Dominant she will interview strictly professional. Then 'Master D' – Drake Morgan – walks into the interview and Kate is mortified for not only is he gorgeous, he's the son of her father's best and oldest friend… Drake Morgan, MD, bass player, philanthropist – Dominant. Known as Master 'D' in Manhattan's BDSM Community, Drake must keep the kinky side of his life secret to protect his very successful career as a neurosurgeon. After a heartbreaking divorce, Drake doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He keeps everything in his well-ordered life separate and under his firm control. Then Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, and no longer under control for Drake is smitten and things are going to get messy… The Agreement will stay with you long after you read the final page. 18+ only for mature content. […]
Friends, I welcome you to “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump.” First, let’s acknowledge what we all know to be true: Trump is in deep, deep trouble ? in the pocket of Russians, surrounded by alt.right idiots, alone in his bathrobe in a mostly-empty White House ? and caught inside a disgusting “shit-sandwich”, so said his supporter who turned down the NSA job. Only one month into his So-Called Presidency ? and yet there is good news, as this is what the American landscape looks like: Tens of thousands of citizens across the country have stormed Congressional district offices and town hall meetings to express their rage at the Trump agenda (a dejected Republican congressman, after a 3-hour verbal assault from his angry constituents, said on TV last night, “let’s face it – they [the Obamacare supporters] have won.”). A federal court halted Trump’s first Muslim Ban ? actually, make that FOUR federal courts have ruled against him! He’s conceded defeat and will not appeal to the Supreme Court (though he will try a new ban – and good luck with that, you son of a Scottish immigrant). Progressive Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison appears to be the front-runner for this Saturday’s vote to head the Democratic Party ? and to FIX the whole damn mess […]
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Last month, a 24-state coalition led by Texas and West Virginia state attorneys general—leading litigators in the fight against the Clean Power Plan—penned a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump asking him to issue an order to stop working to enforce the rule to reduce emissions from existing power plants. More recently, officials from states and several cities have sent a letter countering this earlier advice, and instead urged Trump to preserve the rule and continue defending it in court.The Clean Power Plan is presently stayed while a 10-judge panel reviews a legal challenge. A decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ rare “en banc” review is expected this year.“We advocate that you reject misguided advice that the Clean Power Plan be discarded; advice that, if followed, would assuredly lead to more litigation,” the latest letter reads. “Instead, we urge you to support the defense of this critically-important rule and the implementation of its carefully constructed strategies to reduce emissions from the nation’s largest sources.”If politics or litigation forces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use other authorities under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a new working paper by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University of North Carolina’s Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Energy says the EPA might consider using the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program.“The language of the Clean Air Act gives the EPA a lot of flexibility to enact a program for greenhouse gases,” said Christina Reichert, a Nicholas Institute policy counsel who co-authored the paper.The paper examines the opportunities and challenges associated with regulation of greenhouse gases under the NAAQS program, drawing a comparison with the Clean Power Plan’s approach under a different section of the Clean Air Act. […]
On the banks of the Mississippi River last week, I stood a stone’s throw from the Old Courthouse where Dred and Harriet Scott entered in 1847 to petition for their freedom. The enslaved Africans and their white allies resolutely pursued the case all the way to the US Supreme Court, ultimately precipitating the Civil War. In that building events took place that resulted in the emancipation of approximately four million people from the scourge of human bondage in America.Within the walls of this courthouse the energy of Dred and Harriet Scott and supporters in the fight for human dignity can yet be felt. Looking to my right, the giant metal Gateway Arch symbolizing America’s Western Expansion loomed, also a stone’s throw away. The architectural miracle – comparable to France’s Eiffel Tower – and the Old Courthouse constitute Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a unit of the National Park System named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, signer of the Declaration of Independence; authorizer of the Louisiana Purchase which instantly doubled the American landmass, and a man who simultaneously held people as slaves. The juxtaposition of these two pillars of American evolution shook me to my core. Revitalization efforts currently underway make it possible for you to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch “without stepping off the curb.” I cannot think of another park in the system where I felt so close to history, or where I was overcome with feelings of such poignancy. I tried to embrace the Gateway Arch in my arms and heal the conflicts from Western Expansion still being played out at Standing Rock. Standing in an office building high above the city with both structures in view, the history learned in 179 units of our National Park System flashed before my eyes. I hurtled through the Arch back to the Revolutionary War; the Lewis & Clark Expedition; the oppression and dispossession of Natives; the establishment of Sequoia, Yosemite, and the spectacular natural parks I’ve visited west of the Mississippi.This sculpture of Dred and Hariet Scott is a fitting tribute to our freedom seeking ancestors. […]