Texas saw at least 881 officer-involved shootings in a six-year span. This project looks at how often police are using their weapons in Texas — and on whom. (Texas Tribune)
The Environmental Protection Agency and other federal authorities warned that building an oil pipeline crossing the Missouri River could “affect the primary source of drinking water for much of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tribal nations.” The Army Corps of Engineers dismissed the concerns. Instead, the agency approved the pipeline, relying for reassurance on an environmental assessment from the pipeline’s developer. (InsideClimateNews)
Three fed agencies inc EPA raised concerns abt Dakota Access Pipeline. But Army Corps approved it anyway. @mckennaprhttps://insideclimatenews.org/news/30082016/dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock-sioux-army-corps-engineers-approval-environment …
Dakota Pipeline Was Approved by Army Corps Over Objections of Three Federal Agencies
Threats to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation were dismissed by the Army Corps of Engineers, which relied on the pipeline company’s environmental assessment in approving its route.
In a five-part series, this Buzzfeed News investigation reveals a global “super court” system that can bankrupt countries. The U.S. is not immune from its power. (Buzzfeed)
Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes
A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation.
Major explosions at chemical plants are often investigated thoroughly when the cause significant numbers of fatalities. But what happens when the explosions only affect one or two lives? The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is the government agency charged with handling these more modest, but still consequential tragedies. In 96 percent of cases, it turns out, the board never actually investigates. (Houston Chronicle)
The over-pumping of groundwater in the U.S. and abroad is an issue bordering on a crisis. In Oregon, where nearly one million residents rely on underground wells for drinking water, farmers regularly exceed pumping limits. And the state isn’t doing much about it. Indeed, state officials appear to not even know how much groundwater there is to begin with. (Oregonian)
Water giveaway threatens economic chaos and hurts wildlife.