Tag“Promised Land”

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...

More proof that radiation and drinking water don’t mix


Radioactive waste and a community’s drinking water don’t mix well together. I learned that 20 years ago, early in my career as an environmental lawyer, when we went after oil companies for their improper and often illegal dumping activities. What some of these energy giants were doing was taking the produced water from the drilling process — which dredged up radioactive material...

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