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Gallup settles whistleblower lawsuit exposing government contract fraud, misconduct

The Gallup Organization has agreed to pay the United States $10.5 million to settle whistleblower allegations brought by a former executive of the company that it defrauded the U.S. Mint and the State Department by overstating its estimated labor hours in several government contracts and subcontracts. Michael Lindley, the former director of client services at Gallup, brought the whistleblower complaint against the company under the False Claims Act (FCA), which enables private individuals with inside information of fraud and other wrongdoing to sue on behalf of the U.S. and share in the recovery. Mr. Lindley will receive $1.9 million for ... 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

Keystone Pipeline would cost Americans $100 billion per year in damages, new report estimates

A new analysis of the hidden costs to society presented by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline estimates the damage to human health, property, the environment, and the climate could easily top $100 billion per year. The new report by Oil Change International comes on the heels of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis prepared for the State Department detailing the serious risks posed by the proposed pipeline, which would move thousands of barrels of highly toxic diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil through the middle U.S. from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The EPA’s sharp criticism of the plan was submitted to ... 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

EPA voices serious objections to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Environmental Impact assessment of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone Pipeline XL project, sharply criticizing the State Department’s own recent environmental review of the plan. If allowed to proceed, the $7-billion pipeline would transport millions of barrels of highly toxic, viscous tar-sands fuel from Canada across the United States to the Gulf Coast. In its April 22 letter to top State Department officials, the EPA gives a number of reasons for its objection to the pipeline, detailing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, the especially toxic and difficult-to-clean nature of the diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil, questions about ... Read More