Water & Oceans

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

CA Water Districts Sue Feds for $1.4 Billion To Clean Drinking Supply

"In a sweeping legal fight that could affect drinking water supplies for thousands of Sacramento-area residents, two water districts near the old McClellan Air Force Base are suing the federal government for $1.4 billion to clean up the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium from the area’s groundwater supplies."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 08/09/2017

Groups To Sue DuPont and Chemours for Contaminating NC Drinking Water

"In the past two weeks, two citizens groups in North Carolina announced plans to sue Chemours, the DuPont spin-off company that now makes GenX, over its release of the chemical from its plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority issued a letter of intent to sue both Chemours and DuPont last week over violations of the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by releasing GenX into the Cape Fear River, which is a source of drinking water for more than 250,000 people in the Wilmington area."

Source: The Intercept, 08/09/2017

"Great Lakes: Army Corps 'Gauntlet' Aims To Halt Spread Of Asian Carp"

"The best way to keep invasive Asian carp from entering and wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes would involve a series of water jets, flushing locks and electrical barriers on the Illinois River, according to a long-delayed Army Corps of Engineers report out today."

Source: Greenwire, 08/08/2017

"EPA: No Review Of Mine Spill Claims After State, Tribe Sued"

"Days after the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to reconsider damage claims it previously rejected after a mine spill, the agency said Monday it could not review multimillion-dollar requests from the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation because both have sued the agency."

Source: AP, 08/08/2017

Infrastructure Borrowing Drops As U.S. States Await Trump Plan Details

"President Donald Trump arrived in office having promised a bold $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan over 10 years for roads, bridges, airports and transit systems crumbling by the day across the United States. But nearly seven months later the administration has produced few details on the future of federal infrastructure funding, one reason why state and municipal governments have issued fewer bonds to improve roads, water systems and other projects so far in 2017."

Source: Reuters, 08/07/2017

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