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Rebecca Thiele

Multimedia Environmental/Energy Journalist, News

Rebecca Thiele covers statewide environment and energy issues. Before coming to Bloomington, she worked for WMUK Radio in Kalamazoo, Michigan on the arts and environment beats. Thiele was born in St. Louis and is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Recent Posts by Rebecca Thiele

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September 12, 2019

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State Dept. Of Environmental Management Applauds Repeal Of Obama-Era Water Rule

State Dept. Of Environmental Management Applauds Repeal Of Obama-Era Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has finalized its repeal of the Obama-era rule that would have expanded federal protections for smaller water bodies like streams and ponds.

September 11, 2019

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Sierra Club Suing BP Over Air Violations At Its Whiting Refinery

Sierra Club Suing BP Over Air Violations At Its Whiting Refinery

The Sierra Club says it’s suing BP for air quality violations at its Whiting Refinery that have harmed northwest Indiana residents’ health. The Hoosier chapter of the organization filed suit against the company in a federal district court on Friday.

September 10, 2019

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Oil Leak At U.S. Steel Continues String Of Chemical Spills In Northwest Indiana

Oil Leak At U.S. Steel Continues String Of Chemical Spills In Northwest Indiana

U.S. Steel had yet another oil leak on Friday. An official with the northwest Indiana company says it found a “light, intermittent oil sheen” near one of its pipes that discharges into Lake Michigan waterways.

September 6, 2019

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State Investigating, Overseeing Cleanup Of Oil Discharge Into The White River

State Investigating, Overseeing Cleanup Of Oil Discharge Into The White River

A contractor with the water, sewer, and gas utility Citizens Energy has been working to clean up the oil since Tuesday.

September 3, 2019

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Will Vectren Be Mostly Wind And Solar In The Future?

Will Vectren Be Mostly Wind And Solar In The Future?

If the utility’s recent energy bids are any indication, we could see more renewables in the mix. 

September 2, 2019

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Visitor Numbers Are Up Since Indiana Dunes Became A National Park

Visitor Numbers Are Up Since Indiana Dunes Became A National Park

So far this year, the park’s visitor center saw more people than it has in any of the past eight years – and the year isn’t over. June and July visitor numbers alone have doubled since last year.

August 27, 2019

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Oil Is Being Illegally Dumped Into Speedway's Wastewater, It's Asking The Public For Help

Oil Is Being Illegally Dumped Into Speedway's Wastewater, It's Asking The Public For Help

It’s costing the town $2,000 to $3,000 a week to keep the oil from reaching a nearby creek.

August 21, 2019

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OUCC: I&M's Rate Proposal Not As Green Or Beneficial To Customers

OUCC: I&M's Rate Proposal Not As Green Or Beneficial To Customers

Under I&M’s proposal, customers’ monthly bills would go up by more than 11 percent — an increase of about $21 for a typical resident. 

August 15, 2019

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State To Study Water Supply, Infrastructure In Central Indiana

State To Study Water Supply, Infrastructure In Central Indiana

At this week’s Indiana Water Summit, Jim McGoff with the Indiana Finance Authority says the state is starting to collect data from the central part of the state — which already has a regional water collaborative.

August 15, 2019

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Air Pollution Permit Fees To Increase For First Time In More Than A Decade

Air Pollution Permit Fees To Increase For First Time In More Than A Decade

As coal plants shut down in Indiana, the state gets less money from the air permit fees that companies pay to put pollution in the air.

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