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The Race to Save the Chesapeake Bay: New Investigation in the Washington Spectator

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The following original Public Trust Project investigation appeared in the March 1, 2014 issue of the Washington Spectator.  On a brilliant fall day, Stan Pennington and Eric Hines ride out in a government Jeep, surveying the rolling hills of Carroll County, Maryland, but they come to a stop when the pastoral scene takes an ugly …

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Pirate Fishermen Running Wild on the High Seas

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Modern-day pirates might not look like Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, but they do charter ships across the world’s oceans, stealing and plundering a valuable resource that billions of people depend on for food. Bills introduced in House and Senate committees this month aim to eliminate “pirate fishing,” a global scourge that threatens the …

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It Once Swam with Dinosaurs, but is This 800-Pound Fish Now Doomed?

Washingtonians might not realize it, but a 150-million-year-old species is slipping into oblivion right under their noses. Atlantic sturgeon, the pointy-snouted giant that can reach lengths of 14 feet and weigh up to 800 pounds, once swam with dinosaurs. The prehistoric fish was tenacious enough to survive the mass extinction more than 60 million years …

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Oil Companies Vastly Underreport Size of Spills

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In November 2012, BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster. As part of their plea agreement, company executives admitted they had misled Congress and the American public by providing false information about the extent of the oil spill. BP fudged the numbers in a …

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Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Gets Lowest Possible Grade

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A report released this week by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership gives the Atlantic menhaden fishery a grade of “C,” the lowest score. The report analyzed reduction fisheries in the Atlantic and South America, and graded them in five different categories, including precautionary management, how well fisheries managers follow science advice, whether fishermen comply with regulations. …

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