Weekly News Roundup for October 20, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

It’s been two years since the Gold King Mine blowout that poured contaminants into the Animas River. EPA cleanup crews recently found elevated levels of lead at several mine sites along the river.
Residents in Bridgeton, Missouri, want […]

Weekly News Roundup for September 8, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents in Rapid City, South Dakota, are about to be paying more in property taxes after the city council approved a one percent increase.
A landfill in Michigan has high levels of methane, and officials fear the gas […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 11, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Utah Attorney General is seeking nearly $2 million to cover the cost of damages and the cleanup of the Gold King Mine spill.
The proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline could be in jeopardy. Two Canadian officials are expected […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 10, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Airbnb, the popular rent-sharing company, recently raised $1 billion. Airbnb is now valued at $31 billion.

One of the pioneers of the rails-to-trails program passed away at the age of 69. David Burwell was the first president of […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 3, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Activists in Maryland hope to convince lawmakers to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state. A moratorium on drilling operations ends in October.

More than 150 tons of oil were spilled into the Bay of Bengal, which is much […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 20, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

An oil spill off the coast of Turkey is nearly cleaned up, and a commission was set up to investigate why a tanker that was docked began leaking fuel.

It’s been nine years, and now the ecosystem affected […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 30, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Noise from oil and gas operations such as hydraulic fracturing may increase the risk of health issues, according to a new study.

Doctors at a new children’s hospital do not believe officials are doing enough to address concerns […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 2, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Environmentalists are worried that coal ash ponds located on the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in Alabama could pollute the water supply for residents located downriver.

A plan to remediate a former North Carolina DuPont X-ray film plant is expected […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 18, 2016

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

President-Elect Donald Trump could revive the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which was denied permits under the Obama administration.

An airport has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as a possible cause of the contamination of […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 11, 2016

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Coal is popular in Vietnam, but now the country is working on a solution to deal with the more than 15 million tons of coal ash produced every year.

A rails-to-trails program in New York remains on hold […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 4, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped below five percent, and the economy added more than 160,000 jobs last month.

Researchers have developed a new way to clean up oil spills. The cost-effective material congeals oil, making it easier to […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 21, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) wrote a letter to the U.S. attorney general and the EPA administrator voicing their displeasure about the lack of criminal charges filed in connection with last year’s Gold King Mine […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 14, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) wants to remediate schools across the country to rid them of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Last year more than half of the coal ash produced by power plants was recycled. In 2015, 61.1 million tons […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 7, 2016

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Duke Energy will be removing millions of tons of coal ash from one of its power plants in North Carolina.

Environmental agencies in New York are investigating an oil spill that occurred at the Indian Point Nuclear Power […]

Weekly News Roundup for September 16, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Seattle is building a unique electrical substation that will look and function differently than the typical substations found in other cities. It will also run almost entirely on renewable energy.

Nearly 1,200 residents are leaving their homes in […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 26, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

U.S. shale oil and gas production has dipped significantly as oil prices have fallen. However, some experts believe the industry may have reached bottom and will begin increasing production again soon.

A water treatment plant, set up in […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 5, 2016

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Oil trains are being utilized less this year. In the first five months of 2016, crude oil train transport is down 45 percent from last year.

Property values in central London are falling at the fastest rates in […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 22, 2016

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An oil train derailed in Oregon last month, and now a groundwater monitoring station has picked up signs of contamination. A nearby town’s water wells were not contaminated because they are located uphill of the derailment.

Colorado’s minimum […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 15, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A proposed railway line in Illinois would keep oil and other freight trains from traveling through more populated areas.
Natural gas is expected to have a bright future as part of the United States’ energy portfolio. However, the […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 8, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Beaches in Haifa, Israel reopened after officials cleaned up an oil spill that occurred Tuesday. A ship that was working on an oil pipeline ruptured an old fuel line, sending thousands of gallons of oil into the water.

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Weekly News Roundup for July 1, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to see oil companies add more safety features to trains carrying oil through New York.

A jury found that Emigrant Savings Bank offered predatory loans to minority homeowners. Six plaintiffs were awarded […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 10, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Following another oil train derailment, regulators are looking into increased safety measures for trains transporting oil, especially near populated areas.

An energy plant in Oregon is at the center of a property tax fight that has lasted for […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 3, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Hopeful EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program applicants are seeing their applications delayed while potential EB-5 projects are investigated over allegations of fraud.

Old gas and oil wells may be buried underground, and they can be dangerous to builders, who […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 20, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

China’s investments in the U.S. real estate market have added 200,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. China is the top participant in the EB-5 Immigration Investor Program, which provides visas to overseas investors and their families in exchange […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 29, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Seattle and San Francisco have recently increased the minimum wage in their municipalities, but making sure all businesses cooperate has not been an easy task.

A new lawsuit filed as a result of the lead contamination crisis in […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 15, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Officials in the United Kingdom are working to fight global warming while still heating homes. One option is to use hydrogen, which burns cleaner than natural gas and doesn’t give off carbon dioxide.

Voters in New Orleans voted […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 1, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. economy slowed in the last quarter of 2015 as corporate profits and inventory investments declined, but increased consumer spending helped lessen the blow.

Investors have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Wells Fargo ignored issues with problem […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 25, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Commercial property sales dropped sharply in February. Economic uncertainty and volatile financial markets may have weakened demand, and prices have started to drop in some sectors.

Foreign investors have been putting a lot of money into buying U.S. real estate. […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 18, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Oil prices are once again increasing, but the hydraulic fracturing industry may not be able to recover quickly enough to take advantage. When oil prices dropped, fracking became less profitable, and companies shut down many of their fracking operations. […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 12, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

During her testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that although the Fed hasn’t ruled out a March rate increase, it might wait to act. The Fed is also investigating the viability of implementing […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 5, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The tax assessor for Porter Ranch is looking into tax relief for the thousands of property owners affected by the methane leak that was discovered in October.

The methane gas leak near Porter Ranch, California has made headlines. However, it […]

Weekly News Roundup for January 15, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

BP continues to cut its global workforce as oil prices continue to plummet. The price of oil has dropped 75% in the last 18 months, reaching a 12-year low of about $30 a barrel.

Two Kentucky utility companies will spend millions […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 11, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found additional private properties near Coldwater Creek in Missouri that have radioactive contamination from old nuclear processing waste storage sites.

Environmentalists and residents living near fracking sites have been criticizing the conclusions of […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 30, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Gold King Mine owner spoke to reporters for the first time since the leak that sent contaminants into the Animas River in August, discussing his interactions with the U.S. EPA and his concerns about the source of the […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 2, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Keystone XL pipeline developer is dropping its eminent domain claims in court and is instead reapplying for state approval of its route through the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

A construction defects law is causing a shortened supply of new […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 28, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A New Jersey State Superior Court Judge has approved the state’s controversial $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil to resolve natural resource damage claims related to two oil refineries, industrial facilities, and gas stations.

Airbnb recently announced its partnership with two Chinese […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 7, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Since the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is up for renewal on September 30, Congress has been considering reforms in the EB-5 visa process. One proposed bill would expand the program, adding a new category of visa called EB-6.

Canadian scientists […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 24, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The House approved a bill to weaken the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent coal ash disposal rules, which we wrote about earlier this year. However, President Obama is threatening a veto.

Adding the right pool to a home can significantly […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 17, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Should new homes be treated as special? Researchers studied the premia associated with new construction in Las Vegas before and after the housing bubble burst using hedonic modeling.

Since China has suspended all initial public offerings (IPOs) on its stock […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 19, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The City Council of Denton, Texas voted to repeal its ban on hydraulic fracturing after the state legislature passed a bill prohibiting fracking bans by local governments. The repeal is seen as a strategic move to reduce court costs […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 5, 2015

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

In Bank of America v. Caulkett, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that homeowners who declare bankruptcy can’t void a second mortgage.

A local fisherman has filed a class action lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline for the company’s negligence in […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 8, 2015

Here are a few of the stories we have been following this week.

Trophy properties had a great year last year. More properties valued over $100 million were listed in 2014 than in any previous year. You can learn more about trophy properties by reading our previous posts on the topic.

A Pennsylvania […]

New Coal Ash Disposal Rule Signed by EPA

Every year more than 800 million tons of coal are used in power plants across the United States. However, not all of that is used to create energy. Coal ash, a generic term for the leftover byproducts of coal combustion, remains behind to be cleaned up and disposed of […]

Coal Ash Agreement in North Carolina

On August 20, the North Carolina House and Senate found a compromise on the contentious coal ash issue and passed the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, which will shut down the state’s coal ash ponds within 15 years. While the bill is the first of its kind in […]

Settlement Finalized in TVA Coal Ash Spill Class Action

Coal ash has been in the news quite a bit this year, and it’s a topic we follow closely because we consulted on some of the lawsuits included in the class action litigation regarding the December 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston fly ash spill, the largest coal ash […]

North Carolina Struggling to Pass Coal Ash Bill

When elections are just around the corner, controversial bills are often left until after the election. This may be the fate of a much-discussed coal ash bill being debated by the North Carolina legislature. Earlier this month, North Carolina lawmakers left for a two-week recess without passing a bill […]