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Utah Claims Settled by Phillips 66 for $2 Million

Oil refiner Phillips 66 has paid $2 million to settle allegations it helped itself to a state fund for cleaning up damage from leaking fuel storage tanks even though it had insurance to cover the cleanups. Phillips 66 is among …

2 Louisiana Parishes File Suits Against Oil Companies

Two southeast Louisiana parishes filed multiple lawsuits against numerous oil and gas companies, claiming they failed to restore damage their operations did to coastal areas while releasing toxic pollutants, in violation of state law. Attorneys for Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes …

Nevada Mine Pollution Deal Brings Residents $19.5M

Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination. Atlantic Richfield Co. …

Montana, Feds To Seek Damages From Exxon Spill

Montana and federal officials say they’ll seek compensation from Exxon Mobil Corp. for natural resource damages caused by a crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River. Thursday’s announcement comes two years after an Exxon pipeline near Laurel broke during flooding …

Montana Residents Suing Over Petroleum Pollution

Nearly 50 Cut Bank residents have filed a lawsuit alleging their properties have been polluted by petroleum from a crude oil transportation and storage facility on the eastern edge of the city. The Great Falls Tribune reported the lawsuit was …

New Mexico, Chevron Settle Case Over Cleanup Costs

New Mexico officials say Chevron Corp. will pay $5.2 million to settle claims that the energy company improperly applied for money from an environmental cleanup fund. The state alleges Chevron falsely claimed it didn’t have and didn’t collect on insurance …

California City Sues Chevron Over Refinery Fire

Richmond is suing Chevron for damages from a massive fire that shut down the energy giant’s refinery at the San Francisco Bay area city last year. A lawsuit filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges the crude-oil pipeline leak …

Wyoming Governor Lambasts EPA Over Haze Plan

Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming’s air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks …

Another Company Accused in Colorado Contamination

A third company has been accused of safety violations in connection with efforts to clean up a natural gas liquids spill involving a pipeline near Parachute, Colo. Documents obtained Tuesday by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel from the Occupational Safety …

EPA Report Critical Of Washington Oversight At Hanford

A new report condemns Washington state for lax oversight at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, saying state officials failed to adequately inspect the cleanup there. The draft report by the Environmental Protection Agency faults the Washington state Department of …