Environmental News

Study: Cancer-Causing Gas Leaking from California Stoves, Pipes

Gas stoves in California homes are leaking cancer-causing benzene, researchers found in a new study published on Thursday, though they say more research is needed to understand how many homes have leaks. In the study, published in Environmental Science and …

Pipeline Operator Agrees to $50M California Spill Settlement

A pipeline operator has agreed to pay $50 million to thousands of Southern California fishermen, tourism companies and property owners who sued after an offshore oil spill last year near Huntington Beach. A proposed settlement between Amplify Energy Corp., which …

California Democrats Split on Tax Plan to Drive EV Sales

A California ballot measure that would tax the rich to help put more electric cars on the road may seem tailor-made to win support from Democrats in a state known for climate leadership, but Proposition 30 has one notable opponent: …

Study Shows Climate Change Made Droughts More Likely in 2022

Climate change made droughts in the Northern Hemisphere droughts more likely this year, a new study by a team of U.S. and international scientists shows. The scientists, part of World Weather Attribution, a group that studies links between extreme weather …

Employees Sickened by Substance at California Plastics Recycler

Authorities say nine people were taken to the hospital this week after being exposed to a caustic substance at a California plastics recycling company. Seven workers had breathing problems or other symptoms while two firefighters who entered the building were …

Oil Company Settles Criminal Cases In California Spill

An oil company on pleaded guilty in federal court to negligently discharging crude off the Southern California coast when its underwater pipeline ruptured last year, a spill that closed miles of shoreline and shuttered fisheries. Meanwhile, in state court, Houston-based …

Biden Administration to Declare ‘Forever Chemicals’ Hazardous Substances

The Biden administration said on Friday it will propose designating certain “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances under the nation’s Superfund program, in a bid to spark cleanup of countless sites that have been found contaminated by the toxic industrial compounds. …

Cleanup of Large Yellowstone Gasoline Spill Continues

Cleanup continued after a fuel pup trailer rolled onto its side in Yellowstone National Park last week and spilled gasoline, park officials said. The accident, which happened at about 4 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 191 in the western side …

New Mexico Oilfield Regulators Reach $1.8M Settlement with XTO

State oil and gas regulators say they have reached a financial settlement with XTO Permian Operating to resolve violation notices at wastewater injection sites in southeastern New Mexico. The Oil Conservation Division this week announced that XTO will pay nearly …

Tanker in Yellowstone Spills Nearly 5,000 Gallons of Gasoline

A tanker truck hauling gasoline in Yellowstone National Park rolled over and spilled an estimated 4,800 gallons, officials said. An investigation was underway to determine whether any of the unleaded gas entered an area creek. The truck’s driver lost control …