Duke Second-in-Command Resigns Amid Revolving Door Ethics Scandal

Utility executive to utility regulator: "Would the ethics police have a cow if you and the woman came up some weekend?"

UPDATE 4/13/2012: The Indianapolis Star's John Russel has compiled a full timeline of this scandal: Prying Open the Duke Energy Scandal +

Don Blankenship Retires!!

The infamous Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Company, has announced he will retire at the end of December.  Given the storms Blankenship had weathered in the past, it came as somewhat of a surprise that the climate change denying, union busting, federal judge bribing, safety law violating, mountain top destroyer is finally calling it quits.   +

Blankenship to Face Two Lawsuits from Upper Big Branch Widows

Don Blankenship

Massey CEO Don Blankenship, West Virginia's strip mining overlord, faces two lawsuits that hold him personally responsible for the Upper Big Branch coal mining disaster which killed 29 men.  A Judge in west Virginia ruled that two separate lawsuits, brought by two women widowed by Massey's UBB mine, will not be dismissed as Blankenship had hoped. +

Salt Lake City Treated to Second Chevron Oil Spill in Six Months

In a twisted case of actualized déjà vu, Chevron spilled 100 barrels of oil into the Red Butte Creek area of Salt Lake City, narrowly missing the waterways... +

position Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary

Sylvia Baca has dealt with land, mineral and environmental issues while shuffling between the Department of the Interior and the private sector for fifteen years.

From 1995 to 2001, She served under President Clinton as the deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of Interior.  She ran the Bureau of Land Management for eight months in 1997, and in 2000 she became assistant secretary.

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