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  • What laws would apply if there was a BP-type spill along the B.C. coast?

    Perhaps no single story has dominated news coverage recently like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has raised questions about the legal status of offshore oil and gas development and tanker traffic along the west coast of British Columbia. Concerns about the status of B.C. offshore exploration became more acute when Calgary's Enbridge Inc. announced plans to construct and operate two ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Delta Western upgrades Dillingham facility to comply with federal oil spill prevention laws

    Delta Western, Inc. has resolved violations of federal oil spill prevention laws at its facility in Dillingham, Alaska, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice. The facility, which is a critical supplier of fuel to a remote community, is located on the shores of the Nushagak River, home to one of the most productive sockeye salmon ...

  • Liability for Environmental Spills in Ontario

    In the mid-1980’s an unlikely accord was made between the Liberals and the NDP in order to defeat the Progressive Conservative Party opposition. Under the agreement, Ontario premier Bob Rae asked the Liberal Party to help implement what was known as the “spills bill”.   Considered ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Tracking largest industrial spill

    At about 1 a.m. last Dec. 22, James Schean awoke with a start. He heard what sounded like a furious thunderclap and a staccato of snapping trees. Then his house shuddered and heaved. Swept up by some mighty force, it tore clear of its foundation and rumbled off like a derailed freight car. "I could hear everything breaking," he says, "the rafters cracking, Sheetrock falling off, the furniture ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Coal Ash Spill

    (CNN) -- The coal ash poured out of a broken pipe into the Dan River, turning water into dark muck. It took nearly a week to stem the spill, which sent millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant into a river that supplies drinking water to communities in North Carolina and neighboring Virginia. Workers stopped the ...


    By RCBC Global Inc

  • Tougher law to curb water pollution in China

    China's top legislature has adopted an amended water pollution law that toughens punishment of company officials through hefty fines. 'Enterprise heads directly responsible for causing severe water pollution incidents and others with direct responsibility will be fined up to half of their income of the previous year,' says the revised Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law.  The law, which ...


  • 21st Mining Safety Must Address Spill Risk And Spill Safety

    According to miningsafety.co.za “Mining operations generate hazardous waste, transport and store petroleum products and other hazardous materials, and by law mining companies are required to prepare spill control and cleanup procedures and plans.” This means that mining sites must by law go through the same preparation procedures that other sites that may face a fuel or ...

  • Research and Markets: Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/s8w8nb/pollution_at_sea) has announced the addition of the "Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability" book to their offering. A sharp, impeccably informed ...


    By Research and Markets

  • Nation’s Chemical Safeguards Law is in Dire Need of Reform

    The country's law designed to protect the public from the thousands of synthetic chemicals in our environment is so inadequate and outdated that it needs a major overhaul, a public health scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told a congressional panel today. “The truth is that we are routinely exposed to hundreds, even thousands of chemicals in our daily lives – even ...

  • EPA Fines Clean Harbors for Violations of Environmental Laws

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a consent agreement and final order to Clean Harbors Deer Park, LLC, in La Porte, Texas. The company violated laws under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste. The company will pay a $22,400 civil penalty and is required to take steps to protect the local community from ...

  • Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

    A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Spill Center Opens Kenya Branch for Spill Response in East Africa

    Spill Center, a North American leader in support services for companies involved in accidental spills of hazardous materials, fuel and other regulated substances, has opened a branch in Nairobi, Kenya, to serve clients in East Africa. Founded in Massachusetts over 20 years ago, Spill Center provides clients ...


    By Spill Center, Inc.

  • State IDs Faulty Tanks; Now Tank Law is being scaled Back

    After a 2014 chemical spill polluted drinking water for more than 300,000 people in West Virginia, lawmakers there quickly mandated tighter surveillance of the state's chemical storage tanks. It revealed dozens of tanks that shouldn't have been in service still posed a potential threat to drinking water for more than 134,000 people downstream. Many were corroded and a few were filled with ...


    By Associated Press

  • Mayor Bloomberg signs first-of-its-kind energy conservation law

     Mayor Michael Bloomberg today signed a first of its kind law prohibiting businesses from wasting energy by blasting air conditioning out open doors and onto city sidewalks to attract customers. This new energy conservation measure could become a model for municipalities across the country that are seeking to conserve energy, reduce local global warming pollution, and relieve summer peak ...

  • Shell to negotiate with Nigerians over oil spill

    Shell officials on Monday began talks in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives for the Bodo community on compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria's history. Some experts say two oil spills that started in 2008 led to the largest loss of a mangrove habitat ever caused by an oil spill, affecting about 30,000 people in the Niger Delta ...


    By Associated Press

  • Exxon Valdez dispute spills into US supreme court

    Nearly two decades after one of its tankers crashed into a reef and spilled some 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, ExxonMobil urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision that would force the company to pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages to Alaskan fishermen, cannery workers and others impacted by the worst oil spill in U.S. history. ...

  • Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

    Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The settlement, if approved by a federal court, would allow businesses and property owners who were hurt by the oil spill to collect punitive damages from Halliburton through a fund to be administered by a court-appointed ...


    By Associated Press

  • Violations issued against Duke for coal ash spill

    North Carolina regulators issued notice to Duke Energy on Friday that the company will be cited for violating environmental standards in connection with a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Two formal notices issued by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources cite Duke for ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tweak to North Carolina law protected Duke`s coal ash pits

    Duke Energy was in a bind. North Carolina regulators had for years allowed the nation's largest power company to pollute the ground near its plants without penalty. But in early 2013, a coalition of environmental groups sued to force Duke to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash dumps spread across the state. So last summer, Duke Energy turned to North Carolina lawmakers for help. ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA finds AllenCo facility fails to operate safely, violates federal laws

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified AllenCo Energy Inc. of violations at its South Los Angeles oil production facility following the agency’s November 6, 2013 inspection. EPA’s investigation, prompted by community complaints regarding emissions coming from the facility, uncovered violations of both the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. “By failing to ...

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