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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 […]

Oil Train Derails, Destroying One House and Evacuating Two Towns

A CSX Corporation train moving North Dakota crude derailed earlier this week in West Virginia. The derailment led to a number of cars bursting into flames, the destruction of one house, and the evacuation of two towns. The derailment is the second “significant” incident that involved an oil train in a three-day period, according to […]

WVA Water Tap Testing

Following Chemical Spill. WV Tap Water Samples Collected, Test Results Expected in 1-3 weeks

Following the massive chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River that left some 300,000 people without water for days, a state-commissioned study on the tap water there is underway. The results, based on samples taken from 10 area homes will be released in about one-to-three weeks, according to researchers leading the study. The chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane […]

West Virginians Still Do Not Trust Water

West Virginia Residents Still Not Drinking Water, Alleging Adverse Reactions and Fear of Long-Tern Effects

Although health officials have assured residents of Charleston, West Virginia, that the tap water there is safe, residents are not drinking water that comes from a supply that was contaminated following a massive chemical spill on January 9th. The spill, which originated from a leaking Freedom Industries storage tank that contained at least two toxic […]

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 Class Action Lawsuits Filed

Class Action Lawsuits Filed Following West Virginia Chemical Spill Leads, More Expected

The chemical leak into the Elk River on January 9th left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia and worrying about a coal cleaning chemical whose long-term effects remain largely unknown. The governor declared a state of emergency and the water ban spanned nine counties. Now, at least eight class action lawsuits have been filed […]

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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