Top health expert warns of drinking-water risks in Piketon radiation case


One thing that I’ve found to be a constant in more than 25 years of working cases around pollution from radiation: A good outside expert will often tell citizens the things that government or big business simply can’t or won’t. In most of my major radiation cases against the world’s largest oil companies, we’ve conducted our own testing to convincingly show that giant firms like Chevron and Exxon...

New disclosure lifts lid on government cover-up of radioactive pollution in Ohio


A surprise admission by a top federal administrator is raising some shocking new questions about how much that kids going to a nearby middle school and neighbors of a southern Ohio uranium-processing plant have been exposed to radioactive pollution during recycling efforts there since the start of the new millennium. Paul Dabbar, undersecretary of science for the U.S, Department of Energy...

How much proof do we need on fracking and earthquakes?


Remember a few weeks ago, when I wrote about earthquakes in Irving, Texas — a stone’s throw from the headquarters of the world’s largest energy company, ExxonMobil? I thought the irony was huge: Texas is just one corner of America where earthquakes had once been rare but are now commonplace — coinciding with the rise of fracking in those regions. Here’s the thing:...

You might even say it glows: The fracking wastewater edition


You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Water, water everywhere — and not a drop to drink.” But when it comes to the hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater that have been produced in the explosion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas from Pennsylvania to California, it’s much, much worse than that. Evidence is mounting that the...

The more the public learns about fracking, the less it likes


There was a lot of talk with the start of the New Year that the new movie “Promised Land” — about a battle for drilling rights in natural-gas country — was going to be a game changer in the debate over the hydraulic fracturing process, or fracking. Many industry officials and lobbyists were terrified that the Hollywood treatment — with director and star Matt Damon...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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