Pollution

"Free Speech Case Springs From Fracking Dispute"

"Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest."

Source: Texas Tribune, 09/10/2014

West Virginia: "DEP Plans To Tailor Chemical Tank Inspections"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Department of Environmental Protection officials plan to announce as early as Tuesday a proposed rule outlining a focused plan for mandated inspections of thousands of chemical storage tanks across West Virginia and — Tomblin administration officials hope — ease concerns about implementation of the state’s new tank safety law."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 09/10/2014

Lead Doesn't Just Kill Birds, It Scrambles Everything Key To Survival

"NORTH GRAFTON, Mass. – By the time the veterinarian saw the Canada goose, it was starving. Lumpy bulges ran the length of its neck, from its white chinstrap to its shrunken breast. It was too weak to squabble – so sluggish, in fact, that the veterinarian could scoop up the goose and move it to the stainless steel table without throwing a blanket over it."

Source: EHN, 09/10/2014

"BP Carries Most Blame for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Judge Rules"

"BP shoulders most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by acting with "profit-driven decisions" that amounted to "gross negligence," a federal judge ruled Thursday in a decision that could quadruple the billions of dollars in penalties the oil giant faces."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/05/2014

BP 'Grossly Negligent' in 2010 U.S. Spill, Fines Could Be $18 Billion

"A U.S. judge has decided that BP Plc was “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill four years ago, a ruling that could add nearly $18 billion in fines to more than $42 billion (25.73 billion pounds) in charges the company took for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history."

Source: Reuters, 09/04/2014

Halliburton to Pay $1.1 Billion to Settle Damages in Gulf Oil Spill

"Halliburton, the company contracted by BP to cement the ill-fated Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, has reached a $1.1 billion settlement with thousands of businesses, individuals and local governments that suffered losses from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the company and plaintiffs announced on Tuesday."

Source: NY Times, 09/03/2014

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