Top Michigan officials announced Tuesday that the state would not call on Enbridge Energy to shut down a controversial oil pipeline that runs along the floor of the Great Lakes, suggested that the line may have a limited lifespan.
As the oil and gas industry pushes for new laws exempting information about pipeline infrastructure from being released to the public in the name of national security, advocates say doing could actually increase the risk for everyone.
Drilling for oil and gas, which has increased substantially in many parts of the country over the past decade, has impacted millions of acres of agricultural and range land.
An administrative law judge in St. Paul this week is expected to issue an advisory opinion that regulators will use to resolve some thorny questions around the proposed Sandpiper pipeline.
The amount of radioactive oil field waste disposed in North Dakota landfills will likely increase under a rule change being considered by state officials.
Oil trains are passing through and sitting idle for hours in the same low-income, largely black and Latino Chicago neighborhoods that have been at the center of recent high-profile environmental justice struggles.
Late last year, developers proposed a 40,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Since that time, “not a peep” has been said about the project.
About 1,100 employees of BP's Whiting refinery just outside Chicago went on strike at 12:01 am Sunday.
While townships and counties are preempted by state law on many aspects of oil and gas development, including hydraulic fracturing, they can focus on some ancillary activities of the practice and enforce police powers to give local residents some say.
The frantic pace of drilling, combined with a state government looking the other way, is putting North Dakota oil field workers at considerable risk, according to a documentary that will air Monday.