Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

Thousands of Leaks Found in DC's Aging System of Natural Gas Pipes

"Researchers who conducted a street-by-street survey of the District [of Columbia] found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks from the city’s aging pipe system, including 12 in manholes where methane had collected to potentially explosive levels, according to a study published Thursday."

Source: Wash Post, 01/16/2014

"Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area"

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who live in the areas of West Virginia where a toxic chemical leaked into the water supply last week to drink bottled water, even in places where the no-use ban has been lifted. The move comes 'out of an abundance of caution,' the CDC and the state's Bureau of Public Health say."

Source: NPR, 01/16/2014

Charleston, W.Va.: "Minimum 'Several Days' Till Safe Water"

"Four days after a coal-processing chemical leaked into the Elk River, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration and West Virginia American Water Company were once again unable to give a firm timeline for when water service would be restored to 300,000 residents in the Kanawha Valley."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/13/2014
January 24, 2014

The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

SEJ and Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program present the 2nd Annual "Year Ahead in Environment and Energy" event, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Washington, DC (and live webcast). Bloomberg BNA's Larry Pearl (pictured) will begin with an overview of the key legislative, regulatory, and legal developments expected in 2014, followed by a roundtable with six top journalists covering local, national, and international environmental issues.

"West Virginia Chemical Spill Triggers Widespread Tap Water Ban"

"A chemical spill along a West Virginia river on Thursday triggered a tap water ban for up to 300,000 people, shutting down schools, bars and restaurants and forcing residents to line up for bottled water at stores. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for nine counties following the spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry."

Source: Reuters, 01/10/2014

"Study Finds Sea Levels Rising Fast; Concerns Grow About Shore"

"As the planet warms, one of the biggest questions is how fast sea level will rise. A team of Rutgers University researchers has attempted to answer that question and localize it by studying past sea-level rise along the East Coast, as well as other factors that could influence what happens along the New Jersey Shore."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 01/08/2014

Maryland: "Pipeline May Affect Drinking Water, Activists Fear"

"Environmental activists warn that construction of a 21-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Baltimore and Harford counties could affect the region's drinking-water system, as the $180 million project cuts across more than three dozen streams feeding into Loch Raven Reservoir."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 01/02/2014

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