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Canada: Pipeline firms will pick up spill costs

TORONTO (AP) — Pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law, the Canadian government announced Wednesday, as it appears set to approve a controversial pipeline.

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford made the announcement in British Columbia, where there is fierce opposition to two proposed pipelines that would deliver oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast. Tankers would then take the oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry China.

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ND: Spill reported at oil well near Tioga

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Oil and Gas Division says a spill occurred at an oil well near the town of Tioga in the state's western oil patch.

The incident occurred at the Ron Burgandy 3-23-14H well, eight miles northwest of Tioga. The well is owned by Denver-based Emerald Oil.

Senate Environment subcommittee hearing on polluted transportation stormwater runoff

Washington, May 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee hearing, "Solving the Problem of Polluted Transportation Infrastructure Stormwater Runoff." Witnesses to be announced.

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McCarthy hails Supreme Court backing for interstate pollution rule

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday hailed as a major victory the Supreme Court's ruling that reinstated the Obama administration's downwind air pollution rule.

The decision by a 6-2 majority to reverse an appeals court ruling against EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was quickly criticized by agency opponents, however, who said it reinforced the Obama administration's aggressive approach toward states in enforcing Clean Air Act pollution regulations.

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Greenpeace sails out to confront Russian tanker

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Greenpeace International says it is sending a ship out to protest the arrival of a tanker that is bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic circle to Rotterdam.

The environmental group said Monday it has sent the "Rainbow Warrior III" to meet the Russian-flagged Mikhail Ulyanov. Greenpeace spokesman Arin de Hoog could not immediately say Monday when the two vessels are expected to meet and what form the protest will take.

Radical rework for China’s environmental laws

Source: 
Bloomberg

Chinese legislators have approved big changes for the country’s environmental laws, which will provide tools for the fight against its pollution problem, Bloomberg reports.

NM offers help with uranium mine cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

The offer was made public Wednesday as the state scrambles for a seat at the table of what is expected to be a massive undertaking.

China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from 57.4 percent to 59.6 percent, according to the report, released late Tuesday.

Beijing has been responding to public demands for transparency in environmental data. Last week, the government released a summary of a years-long survey that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated, most of it with toxic metals.

China on path to meet pollution targets, planner says

Source: 
Reuters

An official in China's National Development and Reform Commission said China is on a path to meet its mandatory targets to scale back pollution and boost energy efficiency by next year, Reuters reports.

Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.

In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton suggested the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options. The company's proposal is to remove the coal ash from unlined dumps at four of its power plants, but then leave much of what is stored at 10 other sites in place after covering it with plastic and soil.

Environmental groups are calling for new legislation requiring Duke to move all of its coal ash to lined landfills away from waterways following the massive Feb. 2 spill from a collapsed pipe in Eden that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge.

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