Monthly Archives: October 2018


Texas faces public health risks from dirty air

By |2018-10-23T06:46:30+06:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Pollution, Public Health, Texas|

A report by the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center showed that "over 23 million people who make up the 20 main metropolitan and micropolitan urban areas in Texas" were exposed to at least five days of bad air quality in 2016. This degraded air quality increases the risk of adverse health effects for those [...]

EPA may allow oil companies to dump wastewater

By |2018-10-26T22:21:28+06:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, EPA, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Texas, Wastewater|

Pressure builds in deep disposal wells Texas oil and gas companies have always pumped the brackish wastewater that results from drilling activities back into the ground, in wells deep below the earth's surface. Some of these disposal wells are reaching their capacity and accumulating pressure. This has prompted EPA to reconsider regulations that have long [...]

EPA dismisses air pollution scientists from advisory panel

By |2018-10-16T01:45:49+06:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Air, Enviromental, EPA|

When EPA writes new regulations, it usually goes through an extensive process to ensure the regulations will be beneficial. The range of steps in includes research, cost-benefit analysis, and expert consultation, often from a panel. Last week, EPA dismissed air pollution scientists that sat on an advisory board for the health impacts of soot. EPA [...]

Multiple environmental citations for Oregon dairy farm

By |2018-10-12T22:32:11+06:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Enviromental, Wastewater|

Lost Valley Farm cited for multiple environmental violations Lost Valley Farm in Eastern Oregon is the state's second-largest dairy. Since its opening in April 2017, it has been cited multiple times for various environmental regulations violations. Lost Valley repeatedly violated its wastewater permit by neglecting to properly drain manure storage lagoons and allowing them to [...]

Decline in reportable accidents in maritime industry

By |2018-10-10T01:22:14+06:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Health & Safety, Maritime|

Improved reporting results in maritime operations since 1995 The Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis prepared a safety report showing a decline in reportable maritime incidents. From 2016 to 2017, there was a 24% decline in towing vessel incidents. In 2016, there were 1,231 reportable towing vessel incidents, compared to 934 in 2017. [...]