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Manufacturer With History of Benzene Emissions Served With Federal Search Warrant

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Three federal agencies served a search warrant April 18 to an Erie, Pennsylvania, manufacturer with a history of pollution problems. GoErie.com reports that the search warrant was served to Erie Coke Corp. by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigations Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but the agencies provided little details to the public about the reason for the action. “EPA can confirm a federal search warrant is being served at the 925 E. Bay Street in Erie, Pa.,” the EPA said in a news release, according to GoErie.com. “This search ... Read More

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Under Fire In Ohio Over Drilling Disasters

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A 2-million-gallon spill of drilling fluids was discovered in the wetlands of the Tuscarawas River near Navarre, Ohio, April 13, adding to other serious environmental disasters Energy Transfer Partners LP has triggered in its construction of a new $4.2-billion natural gas pipeline, which has been underway less than a month. According to a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Energy Transfer also spilled 50,000 gallons of drilling pollutants into the wetlands near Columbus, Ohio, during the Rover pipeline installation. Both of the spills occurred while Energy Transfer was drilling horizontally underground for the pipeline placement. In the ... Read More

Non-Profit Groups Sue Monsanto Over Roundup Label Safety Claims

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Agrochemical giant Monsanto is being sued by two nonprofit organizations over the labeling on its widely used herbicide Roundup, which claims that it is formulated to “target an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) assert in their lawsuit that the statement is false, deceptive, and misleading since the enzyme targeted by Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate is also found in people and pets, Beyond Pesticides reports. The nonprofits filed the lawsuit jointly against Monsanto on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer ... Read More

Brooklyn Fuel Depot Spills Estimated 27,000 Gallons of Diesel At Gravesend Bay

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An oil spill attributed to a transfer error at a Brooklyn fuel depot has released an estimated 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Gravesend Bay and the land around it, BKLYNER discovered, noting that the spill and cleanup response were not publicized. Interviewing multiple sources involved in the spill response, BKLYNER reports that the spill started before sunrise on Thursday, March 30, at Brooklyn’s Bayside Fuel Depot. BKLYNER says it was tipped off by video and pictures of the spill’s aftermath and extensive cleanup response it obtained. A representative from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the ... Read More

Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

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Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

40 Californians Sue Monsanto, Alleging Roundup Cancers and Death

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Environmental lawyer and activist Robert Kennedy Jr. has filed a lawsuit against agrochemical giant Monsanto on behalf of 40 plaintiffs who allege the company’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The complaint, filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California, seeks compensatory damages for wrongful death and personal injury allegedly stemming from exposure to the widely used herbicide, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared to be a “probable human carcinogen.” The lawsuit also names Wilbur Ellis Company LLC, a California-based vendor and distributer of Roundup, as a defendant and ... Read More

Monsanto may have known Roundup can cause cancer

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Previously sealed documents call into question whether Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, colluded with officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the sale of the company’s popular weed killer, though its main ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer. Roundup has been the recent center of litigation in California over whether state health officials could label the weed killer as a human carcinogen, the basis for which Monsanto’s legal representation heavily disputed. Ultimately, the litigation failed to stop Roundup’s new label in the state, and internal emails unearthed as part of an ongoing suit reportedly show the company ... Read More

North Dakota’s December Oil Spill Three Times Larger Than First Estimated

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Updated estimates show a pipeline oil spill that occurred in western North Dakota in December was three times larger than first estimated, making it one of the largest spills in the state’s history. North Dakota’s spill investigation manager Bill Suess estimates that 529,839 gallons of oil were released from the Belle Fourche Pipeline, more than triple the original estimate of about 176,000 gallons. Estimates could rise again in the future because they don’t include a hillside area of the spill that could contain about another 100,000 gallons of oil. North Dakota’s largest oil spill occurred in September 2013 when pipeline ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

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The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... Read More

Months-old Gas Station Leak Continues To Pollute Western NC Waterways, Officials Say

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Cleanup efforts continue on a major gasoline leak from an underground storage tank behind a North Carolina service station. According to The Graham (North Carolina) Star, a leak was first detected in a fuel tank storing premium fuel at the Crown gas station in the western North Carolina town of Robbinsville in mid-August. Since then, remediation efforts have removed 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, “enough to fill a 15-gallon vehicle gas tank 173 times,” the Graham Star noted. The cleanup and abatement operations remain ongoing. The leak has contaminated the nearby Tallulah Creek and Cheoah River. “The section ... Read More