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

Entrance to the Monroeville Mall, located outside Pittsburgh, PA.. By Avicennasis [CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons.

  • New Zealand’s government invested in a U.S. startup company focused on trash pickup and recycling. Rubicon will receive $65 million from the country’s sovereign wealth fund.
  • Environmental officials are worried Clark Fork River in Montana could soon flood nearby contaminated land and send the hazardous materials into other areas.
  • More residents in Fullerton Cove in New South Wales, Australia, were told this week that their property values have dropped 15 percent because of contamination from per- and poly-fluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) found at the nearby air force base.
  • Oil and gas drilling permits in Texas were up 34 percent in April over the same time last year. As oil prices increase, more companies will look to add more drilling operations.
  • Berkeley County, West Virginia, now has more than 5,000 acres of land covered by protective conservation easements.
  • Owners of a mall in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, will be paying less in property taxes after a court ruling lowered the mall’s property value by $27 million.
  • An Ohio school district plans to challenge the property values of 60 homes.
  • Two New York towns, along with several residents, are suing the state to prevent the expansion of a landfill.
  • A Hong Kong investor is raising $800 million for a new fund aimed at technology startups.