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Regulatory Rollbacks Put Profits Over Public Health, Environment

Coal, oil, gas and other big industrial polluters are poised to make billions of dollars in added profits due to the Trump Administration’s environmental and safety rollbacks, but an Associated Press analysis of government records reveals the price Americans will pay in lives lost and health. The AP looked at 11 major rules on the Trump Administration’s chopping block and calculated the cost those regulatory rollbacks would have in terms of environmental and human health, using the administration’s own estimates. The news agency found an alarming upswing in the number of premature deaths, air-pollution-induced illnesses, climate-warming emissions, and severe train ... Read More

German Shipping Co Pays $3.2 Million Criminal Fine for Oil Dumping

A German shipping company must pay a $3.2 million criminal fine to resolve charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil waste in U.S. waters and maintaining false records, a federal judge in Maine decided. MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal the deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Nov. 2 announcement stated. Federal prosecutors said the German shipping company violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructed justice with its falsified log ... Read More

Pipeline Break Floods Indiana River with Jet Fuel

A pipeline failure released more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into the St. Mary’s River in northeastern Indiana Sept. 7, and officials warned a cleanup could take several weeks to complete. Bernie Beier, Homeland Security Director for Allen County, Indiana, told The Journal Gazette that an employee of Buckeye Pipe Line Company, which owns the busted pipeline, detected a pressure drop and immediately went to check on the line. The company then shut down the affected pipeline, but not before 8,190 gallons of jet fuel escaped into the river. The spill prompted police officials in the city of Decatur ... Read More

Duke Energy Dump Spills Tons of Coal Ash in Florence Floods

Toxic coal ash from a shuttered Duke Energy plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, was released from a primitive dump as heavy rains from Hurricane Florence lashed the coast. As of Monday, the city of Wilmington was inaccessible by land due to widespread catastrophic flooding in the city and surrounding areas, so Duke Energy and state environmental officials haven’t determined how far the spilled coal ash – enough to fill about 180 dump trucks – has migrated. According to the Associated Press, the toxic coal ash from Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Station “likely flowed into the Cape Fear River.” With waterways ... Read More

Converting Oil Spills to Fertile Land: a Bioremediation Mission

Oil spills on land result in countless tons of contaminated soil being discarded in a landfill, but what if there were a way to treat the spilled oil in a way that benefits the land and eliminates waste? That’s the goal that Targa Resources, a North Dakota-based oil and gas services company, is working toward becoming a reality with a bioremediation system it has developed for oil spills. According to the Bismarck Tribune, Targa has recently completed a bioremediation project on the Fort Berthold Tribal Reservation, which isn’t under the same state and federal regulatory jurisdiction as non-tribal land. The ... Read More

Alabama Benzene Spill Site Removed From EPA Priority List

More than 50 years after a massive benzene spill released from a derailed train contaminated a South Alabama community, the federal government has removed the site from a list of one of America’s most polluted places. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that all monitoring wells at the Perdido Groundwater Contamination Site in north Baldwin County have shown levels of benzene to be below 5 micrograms per liter five consecutive years – the target of the cleanup plan and low enough to warrant its removal from the Superfund National Priorities List. Anyone who lived in Alabama in 1965 likely ... Read More

Anadarko Benzene Spill Cleanup Underway In Colorado

Cleanup efforts are underway to remove tons of benzene contaminated soil and water from an Anadarko battery tank site in Dacono, Colorado, a community just east of Boulder. The Texas-based petroleum corporation notified the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the agency that regulates the state’s fossil fuels industry, of the toxic benzene spill, which it discovered when excavating an old pump earlier this month. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that is formed in natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires, but most exposures to benzene result from oil and gas production, factory waste, and other human activities. ... Read More

Keystone Pipeline Spill Risk Estimates Wildly Inaccurate, Reuters Finds

TransCanada Corp. grossly underestimated or understated its spill projections for its existing Keystone pipeline in documents it provided to regulators before the line became operational in 2010. Documents obtained by Reuters show seriously flawed risk assessments for the massive Keystone pipeline, which spans 2,147 miles across the middle of the U.S., connecting Alberta, Canada’s oil fields to refineries on the Texas coast. On Nov. 16, the Keystone pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of highly toxic tar sands oil in rural South Dakota near the town of Aberdeen. Two other oil spills of about 400 barrels each preceded this month’s spill – one ... Read More

Shale-Gas Producer Determined to Improve Gas Leak Issues

Ryan Klemish, an employee of Southwestern Energy, the nation’s third largest gas producer, told The Inquirer/Philly.com he is determined to improve the issue of gas leaks at shale production facilities by using a camera that can detect the invisible plumes. Starting with Southwestern Energy’s Marcellus Shale production facilities, with hopes to expand further, Klemish moves around areas such as gas compressor stations armed with an $85,000 infrared camera, aiming it at flanges, valves and connectors searching for hidden leaks, Philly.com reports. “If there’s a leak, a big one, you usually know it because you can hear it,” Klemish told the news outlet. But ... 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