John Upton

John Upton is a former Grist news blogger. He tweets, posts articles to Facebook, and blogs about ecology.

Five years after Tennessee coal-slurry disaster, EPA has produced no new rules

In December 2008, a million gallons of fly-ash sludge polluted Tennessee land and rivers. Since then, the EPA has done little to protect Americans from similar accidents.

First oil shale mine in U.S. is coming to Utah

As if we didn’t already have enough filthy, inefficient, unconventional oil-extraction techniques in use in North America, here’s one more.

Stick it to ’em: Scientists call for labeling tar-sands oil

The E.U. is considering a system to label gasoline according to how much carbon it emits. Oil companies and Canada don't like the idea.

Fracking company finds new way to screw over the environment

A subsidiary of fracking giant Chesapeake Energy is being fined $3.2 million for water pollution caused by sloppy construction practices.

China doesn’t want our genetically modified corn

China has rejected a third of America's corn exports this year because they harbored GM varieties not approved for sale in the country.

The Obama administration is undermining its own plans for carbon capture

New coal power plants will have to capture their CO2, but they'll be able to sell it to oil companies to be pumped down into old wells to increase oil production.

Russia begins offshore drilling in Arctic

The rig made famous by Greenpeace's Arctic 30 is now pumping oil, the first step in Russia's plans to drill the hell out of the Arctic.

Fracking opponents win big in Pennsylvania

The state Supreme Court struck down parts of an industry-friendly law and ruled that local governments can regulate the fracking industry.

Chicago cracks down on piles of tar-sands waste

After months of citizens complaining about petcoke blowing into their neighborhoods, Mayor Rahm Emanual is forcing shipping terminals to clean up their acts.