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Class Action Lawsuit Filed over Refugio Oil Spill

Class Action Lawsuit Filed over Refugio Oil Spill in Santa Barbara

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of individuals affected by the Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara. The suit was filed against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Plains Pipeline, L.P. on behalf of fishers, fish buyers and other businesses affected by the spill. According to the lawsuit, the oil […]

Exxon’s Attempt to De-Certify Class Action Lawsuit over Oil Spill is Opposed

Exxon Mobil’s efforts to decertify the class action status of a lawsuit over an oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas should be denied, an attorney representing the suing party says. According to Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the lawsuit was granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Brian Miller; this decision is being petitioned by Exxon Mobil.

WVA Water Safety Still Concerns

More than a Month After Elk River Chemical Spill, Many West Virginians Still Doubtful of Water

It’s been over a month since the storage tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked thousands of gallons of chemicals into the Elk River, and residents are still concerned about the safety of their water. Even though government officials have said for weeks that the water is suitable for regular daily needs, many are hesitant to […]

Another Spill Coal Slurry West Virginia

Another MCHM Chemical Spill in West Virginia

Another MCHM chemical spill has occurred in West Virginia. This time, the chemical came from an unknown amount of coal slurry that leaked into a tributary of the Kanawha River on Tuesday, said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The spill happened between midnight and 5:30am Monday, when a slurry line ruptured and the […]

Elk River Inspection Problems Found

Before Elk River Spill, Federal Safety Inspectors Found that Freedom Tank Did Not Meet Industry Standards

The Elk River chemical spill has opened up a number of questions about safety regulations, or lack thereof, and how one leaky storage tank was able to contaminate the drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians. Now, West Virginia Gazette reports that three months before the leak happened, federal safety inspectors found that the chemical storage […]

West Virginia Business Owners Suffer Huge Losses Due to Elk River Chemical Spill

The West Virginia chemical spill has been detrimental to the local economy. Restaurants, hotels, retail stores, day cares, bed and breakfast inns and even airlines have suffered economic losses because of the leak that left 300,000 people without clean tap water. On January 9th, about 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) were discovered leaking out […]

West Virginia Elk River Formaldehyde

West Virginians May be Inhaling Formaldehyde Too, Town Meeting Reveals

After the disastrous chemical spill in Elk River leading to a ban on tap water for hundreds of thousands West Virginias, residents are now being told that they could be breathing in formaldehyde while showering, despite officials’ claims that the water is now safe for everyone except pregnant women. Environmental attorney William J. Dubanevich, of […]

Freedom Industries Chemical Disclosure

Freedom Failed to Disclose that Another Chemical Leaked into Elk River

Things are looking worse and worse for Freedom Industries, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week following the disastrous chemical spill in West Virginia. Now, the state Department of Environmental Protection is saying that the company violated state code by failing to mention the presence of a second chemical in the tank. About 300,000 […]

Pregnant Women West Virginia Chemical Spill

Pregnant Women Told Not to Drink West Virginia Tap Water

The chemical spill that left thousands of West Virginians without clean running water this past week has been making headlines. In the past few days, some residents have been told that their tap water is safe, but many are questioning whether or not this is true, especially if pregnant women are now being advised against […]

West Virginia Chemical Spill Oversight Blamed

West Virginia Chemical Spill Reveals Gaps in Regulation, Poor Oversight

The West Virginia chemical spill that has left 300,000 West Virginians without water has revealed serious gaps in regulation and poor oversight. Approximately 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) leaked into Elk River from a one-inch hole in a 48,000 gallon tank, leading to a state of emergency last week. The tank was located in a […]

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