Pulitzer winning climate news

David Hasemyer

InsideClimate News reporter David Hasemyer is co-author of the Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, was a finalist in the 2012 Scripps Howard Awards for Environmental Reporting and won an honorable mention in the 2012 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. Prior to joining InsideClimate News, he was a freelance journalist whose career included an award-winning tenure at the San Diego Union-Tribune as an investigative reporter. Hasemyer's work has been recognized by the Associated Press, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He has also been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award.

Among the articles Hasemyer researched and wrote for the Union-Tribune was a series about a 10-million ton pile of nuclear waste, a remnant of the uranium-mining boom in the 1950s and '60s that threatened the Colorado River. Those stories have been widely credited as critical to the U. S. Department of Energy's decision in 2000 to move the pile away from the river. Hasemyer graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

Articles

Smithsonian Revamps Disclosure Rules After Willie Soon Controversy

Dual four-month investigations recommend a series of changes that would strengthen the organization's rules on disclosure and ethics.

Jun 29, 2015

The Smithsonian Institution has written new rules to head off conflicts of interest, part of its long-awaited response to revelations that one of its scientists, climate contrarian Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon, failed to divulge the funding sources for research questioning man-made global warming.

Plan for Fracking's Waste Pits Could Save Millions of Birds

Federal agency aims to save the 500,000 to 1 million birds that die in the industry's vats of oily residue each year.

Jun 15, 2015

In parched Jim Wells County, Texas, the glistening pits brimming with oil and gas waste appear to be an inviting refuge for birds seeking a hospitable place to find water and rest.

But the pits offer anything but sanctuary–and safety––for birds. They are filled with oily sludge or liquid contaminated with toxic chemicals used by drillers to frack wells in the booming oil and gas fields of south Texas.

Willie Soon's Fossil Fuel-Funded Work Draws Ethics Review From Publisher

Journal publisher Elsevier has launched an investigation over the scientist's missing disclosure of funding sources.

Jun 10, 2015

A journal publisher that distributed studies written by a climate skeptic whose work was financed by fossil fuel interests has launched an ethics investigation over undisclosed funding.

The investigation by Elsevier, a global network of scientific journals, was prompted by documents showing that Harvard-Smithsonian scientist Willie Soon failed to disclose industry funding in 11 studies published by nine journals.

Enbridge Reaches First Settlement With Justice Dept Over 2010 Oil Spill

The $4 million settlement does not resolve any possible penalties in connection with the federal Clean Water Act.

Jun 9, 2015

Enbridge Inc. has reached another settlement in connection with its massive oil pipeline spill into Michigan's Kalamazoo River five years ago. The Canadian company will pay nearly $4 million to fund several restoration projects as a part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.

In Heavily Fracked Ohio County, Unsafe Levels of Toxic Pollutants

New study finds fracking releases cancer-causing chemicals into the air many times higher than the EPA considers safe.

May 20, 2015

Emissions generated by fracking operations may be exposing people to some toxic pollutants at levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for long-term exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati.

The researchers took air samples in Carroll County, the home of 480 permitted wells––the most in any of Ohio's 88 counties. The team found chemicals released during oil and gas extraction that can raise people's risk of cancer and respiratory ailments.

Michigan's $75 Million Settlement with Enbridge Draws Praise, Questions

Critics say the money isn’t enough to make up for damage from the Kalamazoo spill, but state officials are pleased.

May 13, 2015

Oil pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc. has agreed to a $75 million settlement with the state of Michigan over the rupture of its line 6B that sent more than a million gallons of heavy crude oil into the Kalamazoo River nearly five years ago.

Resistance to Pipeline Bigger than Keystone Thwarts Enbridge in Wisconsin

Enbridge wants to triple the volume of oil it pumps through Dane County, which wants a $25 million safety net.

May 12, 2015

Pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., is in a standoff with a Wisconsin zoning committee over the company's plans to vastly increase the amount of tar sands oil pumped through one of its lines.

In an unusual move, the Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee slapped additional insurance requirements on Enbridge before letting it build a new high-capacity pump station along its Line 61.

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