Leak May Have Tainted Some East Bay Water Supplies

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A hazardous chemical leak at an oil field in Livermore may have contaminated an underground aquifer used for drinking water, according to inspection reports obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. E&B Natural Resources, which operates the oil field, failed to quickly notify state and local regulators of the leak, despite legal obligations to report it immediately.

Vapor cloud from Exxon refinery in California triggers alarm

Explosion at ExxoMobil oil refinery in Torrance
The mishap was reported around sunset in Torrance, California, at a refinery that had been largely shut down since an explosion and fire at a processing unit on Feb. 18 injured four workers and destroyed emissions-controlling equipment. That blast led state regulators to cite the company for 19 occupational safety violations at the 149,500-barrel-per-day refinery, with $566,600 in penalties.


VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half-million cars, saying the automaker illegally installed software in its diesel-power cars to evade standards for reducing smog. The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker of using software to detect when the car is undergoing its periodic state emissions testing.




DOJ indicts ex North Dakota disposal well operator

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The U.S. Department of Justice indicted a former saltwater disposal well operator on 13 felony charges tied to the operation of a saltwater disposal well in Stark County, North Dakota. Jason A. Halek, 41, of Southlake, Texas, was indicted in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota on one count of conspiracy to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act and defraud the United States, the DOJ said on Monday.

After 17 Years, Texas Poised to Resolve Oil Spill

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from the U.S. Department of Justice. In the time it has taken the state and federal governments to penalize a Koch Industries affiliate for a South Texas oil spill, 17 different quarterbacks started games for the Dallas Cowboys, including the team’s current head coach.