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Missing Water A Mystery For County Utility

Sep 15, 2014
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities

County water officials have a bit of a mystery on their hands: the case of the missing 20 million gallons of water. Sunday afternoon workers noticed that a pump, which propels that amount of water per day into a water tank, is still operating. But it is not ending up in the water tank.


Duke Projects Next 15 Years Of Power

Sep 5, 2014
Duke Energy/Flickr

Every year, Duke Energy submits a plan to state regulators, showing how it will continue to supply power to the Carolinas over the next 15 years. It projects how the energy mix will change, what new power plants the company intends to build—how much will come from solar, wind, or coal. The most recent plan is out, and WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey for a quick survey of how Duke sees the energy landscape in 2029.


Environmental Groups File More Coal Ash Lawsuits

Sep 3, 2014
Duke Energy

Environmental groups launched new lawsuits today against Duke Energy for pollution from the company’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina, adding more strands to a tangled web of litigation between Duke, environmental groups and state regulators.


The Science Behind Lake Norman's Fish Kills

Aug 8, 2012

Fish kills have become an annual problem at Lake Norman. Since 2004, wildlife officials have reported frequent large kills of striped bass, or stripers, a popular species with fishermen. So far this year, they've counted over 800. To find out more about the biology behind these kills, WFAE's Duncan McFadyen called Lawrence Dorsey. He's the District 6 Fisheries Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. 

Greg Collard / WFAE

About three dozen people gathered outside the Duke Energy shareholder meeting to protest various practices of the company. Here Shaun Ridgway with Occupy Raleigh/Greenpeace speaks to those assembled. 

Charlotte police geared up for large protests at the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting uptown this morning. In the end, police far outnumbered the 35 or so activists who gathered outside the meeting and reported no incidents, despite the city invoking a special enforcement ordinance in anticipation of unruly crowds.

AG Warns Of 'Fracking' Pitfalls For Landowners

May 2, 2012

North Carolina lawmakers are considering allowing a drilling method called "fracking" to happen here. The state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a report this week fracking could be done safely here, with the right regulations in place. 

UNC Charlotte scientist helps oysters fight Dermo disease

Mar 20, 2009

Millions of oysters along the Eastern seaboard are dying from a parasitic disease called Dermo. It's the same problem that affected oysters off the Mexican coast in the 1940s. But those oysters adapted. Nature figured out a way to beat the disease. That's not the case for oysters off the Carolina coast. In this report, WFAE's Jen Nathan tells us how a UNC Charlotte researcher is using biotechnology in hopes of helping oysters fight back.

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