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Concern for environmental issues is not new to Beasley Allen. While serving as Lt. Governor for the State of Alabama, in 1971 the firm’s future Principal & Founder Jere Beasley vowed to take control of pollution laws out of the hands of big utilities and special interest groups, and put it back into the hands of the average citizen.

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Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline spilled about 210,000 gallons of oil Thursday, Nov. 16 in northeastern South Dakota, just days before regulators decide whether to allow another extension of the pipeline – the Keystone XL – to move forward. Brian Walsh, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told CNN that Thursday’s oil spill was the largest to date in the state. The oil spill occurred about three miles northeast of Amherst, South Dakota. “It is a below-ground pipeline but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass,” Mr. Walsh told CNN. “It will be a few ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges 3M Pollutants Caused Cancer, Other Health Problems

A lawsuit accusing 3M and related companies of contaminating the Tennessee River with PFOA and PFOS chemicals has been filed by 23 plaintiffs who allege the industrial pollution caused them to develop cancer and other serious health problems. The federal lawsuit seeks class-action status for customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which provides drinking water to more than 10,000 residents of Alabama’s Morgan and Lawrence Counties. In addition to 3M, the lawsuit names as defendants 3M subsidiary Dyneon, Daikin America, and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which sold the contaminated water. The plaintiffs allege the defendants were ... Read More

Toxic waste removal a priority in wake of California wildfires

Wildfires that swept through Northern California in recent weeks devastated seven counties, including burning more than 100,000 acres of land in Sonoma and Napa counties alone. In the wake of the California fires, residents are facing a massive clean-up effort. One of the more complicated parts of this process involves identifying and disposing of toxic waste. Toxins include industrial and residential products including batteries, paint, electronics, flammable liquids and solvents, and materials that may contain asbestos. State and federal agencies are stepping in to assist. The Press Democrat reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will handle the first ... Read More

Sunoco Pipeline Spills Concern SE Pennsylvania Communities

Sunoco Pipeline is under fire from community leaders in Southeastern Pennsylvania after spilling drilling mud three times in three days while constructing its Mariner East 2 pipeline. Sunoco is performing horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for its new pipeline, which will run 350 miles from shale deposits on the opposite side of the state, Ohio, and West Virginia, to a refinery in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The pipeline will be used to transport ethane, butane, propane, and other highly volatile fuels underground through densely populated areas, delivering to the coast fuels that are mostly bound for export, not domestic consumption. It’s a ... Read More

EPA Plans Clean Power Plan Repeal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday that the agency will repeal the Clean Power Plan, a sweeping Obama-era measure that strived to improve air quality for human health and reduce dangerous greenhouse gases. Mr. Pruitt, a longtime friend of the fossil fuel industry and outspoken foe of environmental protections, gave a puzzling explanation for the planned repeal, indicating the Clean Power Plan overstepped the EPA’s regulatory authority by playing favorites. “When you think about what that rule meant, it was about picking winners and losers. Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick ... Read More

Phillips 66 Drops Controversial California Oil Train Expansion Plan

Phillips 66 has agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the California county of San Louis Obispo’s denial of a proposed oil train terminal the energy corporation wanted to build in the coastal town of Nipomo. Phillips 66 started pushing its Rail Spur Project in 2013, hoping to build the terminal in Nipomo that would have required oil trains to haul more than 7 million gallons of crude oil per week through California. Much of the oil train’s haul would have included tar sands crude, a highly viscous form of oil that oil companies treat with a multitude of toxic chemicals ... Read More

Texas Woman Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Harvey Floodwater

A Kingwood, Texas woman died Tuesday, Sept. 15, from a flesh-eating bacterial infection after falling in the floodwaters left by Hurricane Harvey, the Harris County medical examiner’s office confirmed. Nancy Reed, 77, was at her son’s flooded home in Kingwood, on the northeastern outskirts of Houston, when she fell into the water, breaking and cutting her arm. The injury became infected and she developed necrotizing fasciitis – a condition in which A Streptococcus, E. coli, Vibrio, and other bacteria create toxins that destroy muscle. “Flesh-eating” infections spread rapidly and are extremely difficult to stop, even with potent antibiotics, and often ... Read More

Cleanup of Leaky Underground Storage Tanks May be Neglected Due to Federal Cuts

The cleanup of nearly 200 sites of leaky underground gasoline storage tanks may come to a halt due to federal budget cuts. In the state of Nevada, around 14,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) are registered with state authorities. More than 4,600 are still in use, and state environmental officials have begun cleanup efforts at nearly 200 sites where leaky tanks are located throughout the state. Just since last May, 6 new cases of leaking gas tanks have been reported, including one in a petroleum park in the rural area of Eureka, and five more in Clark County, The Nevada Independent reports. ... Read More

Study: Dispersants Dumped on BP Oil Spill Sickened Workers

Chemical oil dispersants dumped in the Gulf of Mexico during BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill sickened thousands of cleanup workers exposed to them, a new study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirms. For months and even years after BP tried to tame its massive oil spill with oil dispersants, many workers exposed to the chemicals complained of a multitude of symptoms, including cough, lung irritation, shortness of breath, burning eyes, memory loss, heart problems, bloody urine, liver damage, and a variety of skin disorders. But because the effects the oil dispersants BP used to break up the ... Read More

Chemical Release Puts Baltimore Communities Under Temporary Lockdown

A chemical spill that sent a plume of acid gas into the air prompted officials to put three Baltimore area communities under an emergency shelter-in-place order Monday morning. The leak occurred at the Solvay plant when a tank truck delivering chlorosulfonic acid, a raw material used for producing soaps and detergents, leaked from a valve as it was being transferred by hose to a trailer. The chemical, which produces a white cloud when exposed to air, is extremely corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Symptoms associated with inhaling ... Read More