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Companies Pay $7 Billion in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in 2015 cost companies more than $7 billion, requiring them to invest in equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement results. In fiscal year 2015, the EPA secured record-setting hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and Superfund settlements. It also … Read more »

Violation Tracker

Top Environmental, Health and Safety Violators Ranked

Eight large corporations have each been penalized more than $1 billion in environmental, health and safety cases brought by federal regulatory agencies since 2010, according to a new database called Violation Tracker. Forty firms have paid $100 million or more. BP tops the list with its $25 billion total — … Read more »

EPA

Companies Pay $9.7bn in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in fiscal year 2014 required companies to invest more than $9.7 billion to curb pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement and compliance results. The EPA’s cases resulted in $163 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines. Other … Read more »

Anadarko’s $5.15 Billion Environmental Settlement Approved

Anadarko’s $5.15 Billion Environmental Settlement Approved

Anadarko Petroleum’s agreement to pay $5.15 billion to clean up polluted sites across the US — the largest-ever environmental settlement — received approval from a federal judge on Monday, Reuters reports. The settlement, reached in April, resolved a long-running lawsuit against Kerr-McGee, an energy and chemical company that Anadarko bought in … Read more »

Methane Detectors Challenge Finalists Chosen

Five proposals have been chosen as finalists by the Environmental Defense Fund in the Methane Detectors Challenge, an initiative to identify next-generation technologies that will help better monitor and ultimately help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The challenge is being sponsored by EDF and seven partner … Read more »

Anadarko Fined over $5 Billion in Biggest Settlement Yet

Anadarko Fined over $5 Billion in Biggest Settlement Yet

Anadarko Petroleum Corp yesterday agreed to pay more than $5 billion to clean up polluted sites across the US that caused cancer and other health problems, in the Department of Justice’s largest environmental settlement yet – but Anadarko’s share price actually rose 14.5 percent on the news. The sites are polluted … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Refuses Coal Appeal, Phillips 66 Fined, Anadarko Wins

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Mingo Logan, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, which had challenged the EPA’s decision to veto the Spruce No. 1 mine, the Hill reports. EPA blocked the mine in 2011, four years after the project won its mineral-dumping permit from the Army … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Hearing, Oil Train Safety, GHG Reporting Rule

The Obama administration’s climate agenda faces its first Supreme Court test today, Reuters reports. The court will consider whether the EPA’s regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions automatically triggers a requirement that large stationary sources such as power plants also control their emissions, Dorsey & Whitney partner and former Department of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Duke Investigation, Cooling Towers, Chemical Studies

The federal government has launched a criminal investigation into Duke Energy’s February 2 coal ash spill in North Carolina’s Dan River. The US Attorney’s Office in Raleigh issued subpoenas seeking records from from Duke and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the AP reports. The EPA has extended the comment … Read more »

Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer, Apache Have Greatest Fracking Water Risks

Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer, Apache Have Greatest Fracking Water Risks

Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer and Apache have the highest exposure to water exposure risks among hydraulic fracturing companies, according to a report by Ceres. But many more companies connected to fracking face long-term water sourcing risks, according to the non-profit. These include the top three service providers, Halliburton, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, … Read more »

Colorado Floods Damage Farms, Oil Wells, Roadways

Reduced corn production, oil spills, natural gas leaks, property losses and damaged trucking routes are just some of the effects last week’s massive floods in Colorado are having on business. To date the floods have caused $2 billion in property damage, about half from housing and about half from the commercial … Read more »

fracking methane emissions

Fracking Methane Emissions 97% Lower than EPA Estimates, Study Says

Greenhouse gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are “significantly lower” than EPA estimates, according to a new study from the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund. The study, which measured methane emissions during completion operations for hydraulically fractured wells, found emissions were 97 percent lower than 2011 … Read more »