Central America & the Caribbean

Journalists Team Up To Continue Colleagues’ Work Exposing Mining Risks

Environmental journalists around the world sometimes pay for their work with their freedom, safety or even their lives. The Forbidden Stories network continues the reporting of some of those journalists, and a team there recently produced an award-winning collaboration to investigate troubles at mining giants in Central America, South Asia and East Africa. “The Green Blood Project” in this month’s Inside Story.

SEJ Publication Types: 
Visibility: 

St. Croix Refinery That Rained Oil On Neighbors Shuts Down Indefinitely

"Limetree Bay, a massive oil refinery in the Caribbean, announced Monday that it is ceasing operations following a number of catastrophic errors that rained oil droplets on St. Croix, sent residents to emergency rooms after noxious gas releases and raised fears among homeowners that their drinking water was laced with toxic chemicals."

Source: Washington Post, 06/22/2021
June 25, 2021

DEADLINE: A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America — Fall 2021 Virtual Program

This twice-yearly virtual program on entrepreneurship and innovation for young journalists in Latin America is accepting applications until Jun 25 for the 15-week Fall 2021 program. Fellows receive ICFJ-led virtual orientation, professional virtual newsroom attachments, professional mentoring and a $1,700 grant for their digital project.

Visibility: 
Topics on the Beat: 

"St. Croix’s Limetree Bay Refinery Could Be Facing Bankruptcy"

"When the long-mothballed Limetree Bay oil refinery reopened in February, environmentalists saw it as a parting gift from the Trump administration to the deeply divided people of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some thought the massive facility would help revive the island’s economy while others feared environmental disaster and a looming climate nightmare."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/14/2021

NOAA’s Hurricane Outlook Calls For 6th Straight Above-Average Season

"Just months after the conclusion of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its 2021 outlook, calling for another active season. The agency is the latest of several forecasting groups watching the upcoming hurricane season’s potential to overperform for the sixth year in a row."

Source: Washington Post, 05/21/2021

Storm Surge Maps Help Envision Potential Hurricane Flood Catastrophes

Dangerous storm surge that often follows hurricanes can be the focus of life-saving journalism. Reporter’s Toolbox helps environmental journalists get ahead of storm surge with a key resource — a powerful government database and related maps showing surge hazards. Together with real-time advisories and a better understanding of what causes storm surge, Toolbox helps you better cover this danger.

SEJ Publication Types: 
Visibility: 

After 3rd Leak, EPA Probes Whether St. Croix Refinery Poses ‘Imminent Risk'

"The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it was weighing whether a controversial refinery on St. Croix posed “an imminent risk to people’s health” after a third accident in the span of three months sickened local residents and forced three schools to close."

Source: Washington Post, 05/07/2021

"EPA Hits Troubled Virgin Islands Oil Refinery With A Violation Notice"

"A giant oil and gas refinery was served with a “notice of violation” by the Environmental Protection Agency following two major accidents that released noxious fumes and a chemical-filled vapor cloud over nearby neighborhoods in the U.S. Virgin Islands."

Source: Washington Post, 05/04/2021

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Central America & the Caribbean