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Refineries Reach $425 Million Settlement With U.S. Over Air Pollution

Tesoro Corporation and Par Hawaii Refining have reached a $425-million settlement with the U.S. government that resolves numerous Clean Air Act violations and introduces a plan to drastically reduce air pollution at six refineries across the western U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the settlement Monday, saying that the bulk of the settlement — $403 million – would go toward the installation and operation of pollution control equipment at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, Calif.; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, N.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Wash. Each year, these improvements at ... Read More

FCA announces fifth Dodge Dart recall; this time due to potential braking issues

More than 120,000 Dodge Dart vehicles are now under recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) due to a glitch that may cause the sedan to experience braking issues, including loss of power-brake assist. The problem is believed to arise from the brake vacuum hose, which could trickle oil into the brake booster diaphragm. “Some of the affected vehicles may be subject to oil migration that could affect their brake systems’ power-assist feature,” FCA’s statement said. “Foundation brake function is unaffected. However, if this condition occurs, the driver may notice hard pedal-feel on brake application, and longer distances may be required ... Read More

GM recalls more cars for oil leaks that could lead to fires

General Motors (GM) has announced another recall for a problem that has been plaguing its vehicles for the past seven years. For the third time in that time span, GM is recalling vehicles that can leak oil, which may lead to a fire. The latest recall includes 1.4 million vehicles, including some that had been included in the previous recalls, because apparently the initial “fix” did not work. Since the issue first came to light in 2007, GM has reported 19 minor injuries related to the defect, and in 2008 acknowledged the oil leak problem was responsible for 267 fires, ... Read More

Mayflower residents say Exxon pipeline spill sickened them, devastated their town

Nearly a year after Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, many residents continue to cope with displacement, chronic health problems, rejected claims and unanswered questions. “They have devastated Mayflower,” Genieve Long, one town resident, told msnbc. Ms. Long lives in an area just outside of the neighborhood that was flooded with thousands of barrels of toxic bitumen shale oil that Exxon was moving from Canada to a refinery in Texas. Twenty-two homes were evacuated in the March 2013 disaster, but most residents whose property wasn’t physically touched by the oil leak have found nowhere to turn. ... Read More

Former oil spill cleanup worker on mission against Canadian tar sands fuel

When a tar sands pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured in July 2010, John Bolenbaugh was one of the workers sent in to clean up the spill, which released more than a million gallons of heavy, highly toxic oil and chemical additives into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. What Mr. Bolenbaugh experienced and witnessed compelled him to raise awareness of the dangers of tar sands oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed project that would funnel billions of gallons of the tar sands or diluted bitumen “dilbit” through the middle of the U.S. According to the Arkansas Times, Mr. ... Read More

Arkansas attorney general concerned says residents still sick after ExxonMobil oil spill

Mayflower, Ark., residents, including a number of children, are continuing to experience adverse health effects after ExxonMobil’s’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, Dustin McDaniel, the state’s Attorney General said Tuesday. ExxonMobil’s pipeline breached on March 29, spilling about 5,000 barrels of highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil into a neighborhood and surrounding land. Mr. McDaniels said that town residents continue to suffer from headaches, nausea, and other adverse symptoms after more than a month after the spill. “As we met with residents and groups that represent them … I heard time and time again about their concerns for their health, especially the ... Read More

Tests confirm Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill created highly toxic air pollution

High levels of 30 toxic chemicals were present in air samples taken in Mayflower, Ark., the day after a breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline allowed an estimated 5,000 barrels of chemically treated tar sands oil to flood a suburban neighborhood. A month after the spill, health complaints consistent with exposure to the chemicals from the air samples persist, according to the citizen-based Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group. April Lane, a spokeswoman for the advisory group, has been collecting reports and documenting health complaints from people living in the area of the oil spill, where potent oil fumes could be smelled ... Read More

ExxonMobil pipeline spills oil again, one month and 200 miles from Arkansas spill

One month after ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in the town of Mayflower, Ark., another breach in the same pipeline created an oil spill on a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri. The spill is reportedly small, but it calls into question the integrity of ExxonMobil’s pipeline, which stretches from Illinois to Texas and transports a 30,000-gallon daily load of diluted bitumen fuel – an extremely viscous and toxic blend of liquefied Canadian tar sands. The March 29 spill in Mayflower, Ark., flooded a residential neighborhood and contaminated the surrounding land and water. The disaster displaced ... Read More

John Deere Recalls Gator Utility Vehicles After Four Reported Fires

John Deere, the leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of around 4,700 Gator Utility Vehicles due to leakage in the oil filter that can poses a fire hazard. This leakage is caused by pinholes or cracks found in the oil filters, which were installed by the engine supplier. John Deere has received reports of four separate incidents resulting in fires. The John Deere Gator™ RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail model recreational utility vehicles were built with side-by-side seating and were available in Realtree® Hardwoods™ HD Camo, olive ... Read More

U.S. Justice Department ready for BP oil spill trial, Attorney General says

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that the Justice Department is ready to go to trial next week against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that left vast sections of the Gulf Coast awash in sticky crude. “We are prepared to go to trial. We were ready to go to trial yesterday,” Mr. Holder told the Congressional panel, alluding to the one-week trial start delay ordered by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the BP oil-spill litigation in New Orleans. The trial was originally set to begin on ... Read More