Washington State oil leak spills 44 gallons near Ice Harbor Lock and Dam
An oil spill affected service at Washington’s Ice Harbor Lock and Dam on February 27, 2012.
Officials limit damage from possible Alaska oil spill fire
An oil spill along Alaska’s North Slope resulted in minimal damage after a trans-Alaskan pipeline burst on February 29, 2012, according to The Associated Press.
Michigan residents express oil spill concerns along Kalamazoo River
Michigan residents continue to battle treacherous conditions following an oil spill that occurred on July 26, 2010, The Energy Collective reports.
Iowa farmer plants rye to eliminate erosion concerns
Iowa resident Steve Berger took an innovative route to reduce soil erosion at his farm by planting rye, Iowa Farmer Today reports. The solution helped Berger improve the quality of his crops and increase his farm’s water-holding capacity.
Toxic chemical spill creates hazardous situation in California
A truck transporting hazardous chemicals caused local officials to step up environmental cleanup efforts after spilling acid along six blocks of Foothill Boulevard on February 15, 2012, according to The Pasadena Star-News.
Mississippi reaches agreement with MOEX involving one BP oil spill violation
MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC will pay Mississippi a $5 million fine for environmental cleanup hazards created by the 2010 BP oil spill, the Sun Herald reports. The oil and gas exploration service company will provide the funds to the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Pollution Emergency Fund.
Tennessee landowners consider options to eliminate erosion-risk soil concerns
Individuals may consider using the Conservation Reserve Program Erodible Soils Initiative to receive federal assistance and erosion control products to battle the ongoing problem, The Commercial Appeal reports.
Wind storm delays oil spill cleanup in New Jersey
Heavy winds blew away New Jersey officials’ chances to complete an environmental cleanup on February 25, 2012, WPVI Philadelphia reports.
West Virginia college receives water pollution fine
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a $9,910 civil administrative penalty against Blue Hill Community and Technical College’s new campus contractor, the Herald Mail reports.
Pennsylvania DEP drills company for soil erosion violations
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a total of $185,000 in fines against Catalyst Energy Inc., according to WaterWorld. The oil and gas drilling company received the penalties as a result of erosion and pollution violations from its business activities.
Delaware smells the impact of New Jersey oil spill
The Garden State has left anything but a sweet aroma for Delaware residents as a February 23, 2012 oil spill has led the Diamond State to complain about the odor, WDEL 1150AM reports.
Seattle officials contain oil spill after train derails
Roughly 3,000 gallons of oil spilled across a section of Seattle’s BNSF railroad on February 23, 2012, The Seattle Times reports. Officials managed to contain the leak as the majority of the oil seeped into a railside ditch.
Maryland farmers prevent soil erosion with record-setting cover crops
Maryland growers took full advantage of the state Department of Agriculture’s Cover Crop Program, planting 429,818 acres in fall 2011, according to Fresh Plaza. The crop represents the largest planting in state history.
Department of Agriculture launches soil erosion plan for U.S. croplands
American farmers will receive federal government assistance as the U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a soil erosion initiative, according to the Western Farm Press.
Florida nitric acid spill injures two people
Two people suffered injuries resulting from an acid leak at Palm Bay, Florida, electronic parts distributor USBid Inc. on February 22, 2012. Local firefighters discovered the victims at the business after responding to reports of a chemical spill.
EPA suggests water quality testing proposal changes in North Carolina
Budget cuts could force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce water quality testing programs on North Carolina beaches in 2013, according to StarNewsOnline.com. The change could increase local residents’ risks of exposure to hazardous water pollution.
Alaska drilling company avoids oil spill during exploratory well project
Drillers encountered a sticky situation when 42,000 gallons of mud filled the area near Alaska’s North Slope on February 15, 2012. However, the situation will require minimal environmental cleanup as no hazardous chemicals spilled during the leak, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Michigan town anticipates creek oil spill cleanup completion
Local authorities continued work to clean up an oil spill at Michigan’s Burch Creek on February 18, 2012. Crews anticipated the work would be completed February 20, 2012, according to The Times Herald.
Mississippi River oil spill causes environmental damage
Authorities will consider oil spill cleanup methods near New Orleans after two vessels collided in the Mississippi River on February 17, 2012. The collision resulted in no injuries, but an undetermined amount of oil leaked in the river, according to The Times-Picayune.
Concerned residents question Florida environmental cleanup project
Florida residents have stepped up efforts to stop a soil erosion reduction project by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management division.
Connecticut DEEP begins environment cleanup following oil spill
An oil spill has filled a pond with roughly 300 gallons of fuel oil near a Norwalk, Connecticut school. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has begun cleanup efforts to restore the pond, according to The Daily Norwalk.
Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to illegal dumping
Pennsylvania resident Robert Allan Shipman pleaded guilty to illegal dumping charges stemming from a 2011 incident., according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Montana authorities anticipate oil spill findings release soon
Officials told United Press International (UPI) they continue to make progress in a Yellowstone River oil spill investigation. The accident occurred in July 2011 when the Silvertip oil pipeline burst, spilling approximately 1,200 barrels of oil.
EPA emphasizes environmental cleanup on farms
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require farmers with 10,000 gallons of fuel storage or more to earn oil spill cleanup methods certification, according to the Billings Gazette.
Texas-sized oil spill creates traffic issues
Motorists on Texas State Highway 97 encountered an oil spill as they traveled along the road on February 11, 2012. The Gonzalez Fire Department used oil spill cleanup methods to combat the mess.
Soil erosion control products may reduce global warming risks
The United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP) reported soil erosion may increase the long-term risk of global warming as valuable resources are eliminated from the environment, according to Reuters.
Nantucket Conservation Commission declines erosion control proposal
The Nantucket Conservation Commission denied an erosion control proposal from the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund (SBPF), citing various concerns in the decision.
Hurricane Ivan oil leak continues despite environmental cleanup
The Skytruth environmental group estimates more than 100,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Ivan, which struck Alabama and surrounding states in 2004.
Thieves cause a slick situation in Connecticut
Thieves in Monroe, Connecticut, stripped copper piping from an oil tank in a vacant home Thursday, February 9, 2012, and caused approximately 150 gallons of heating oil to leak into Boys Halfway Brook, according to the ctpost.com.
Acidic solution found in a Louisiana rail car
Local and state authorities were dispatched to investigate a foul smell coming from a rail car in Bossier City, Louisiana last week, reports ktbs.com.