Disasters

Hilcorp’s Arctic Offshore Drilling Plan Advances, Despite EIS Concerns

"A proposal for the first oil and gas drilling in federal offshore waters of the Arctic took a step forward Thursday as regulators released a draft environmental impact statement, which reflects concerns about the effects of the project on marine life and local communities."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/18/2017

Court Lets Exxon Off Hook for Pipeline Spill in Arkansas Neighborhood

"A federal appeals court has let ExxonMobil largely off the hook for a 2013 pipeline spill that deluged a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, with more than 200,000 gallons of heavy tar sands crude oil, sickening residents and forcing them from their homes."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/17/2017

Wildfires Destroy Prairies; Montana’s Cowboys Weigh Federal Help

"SAND SPRINGS, Mont. — In this part of Montana’s rugged eastern prairie, Erwin Weder and the other ranchers and cowboys are not used to feeling kicked around. But as Weder drives his pickup truck onto a bluff to gaze out over “Big Sky Country,” he feels a bit defeated."

Source: Washington Post, 08/14/2017

Rains Flood New Orleans as Pumps Fail

"New Orleans is under a state of emergency Thursday (Aug. 10) as officials work to bring back online a turbine that supplies power to the city's drainage pump system in the face of expected thunderstorms. It's the latest headline in a weekend of miscommunications from city officials after severe flooding seeped into thousands of homes, business and cars over the weekend."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/11/2017

As Hilcorp Plans to Drill in Arctic Waters, Violations Surface

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In the energy industry, Hilcorp has built a reputation for fast growth, big profits and making people rich. ... In regulatory circles, however, and among environmentalists, Hilcorp has become known for different reasons."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/10/2017

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