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

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to see if local drinking water in Wisconsin has been contaminated by nearby farms.
  • Homeowners in one New Zealand city could soon see a big jump in property values after a recent increase in home sale prices in the area.
  • Officials are putting together a cleanup plan for an oil spill that occurred on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana while they try to determine when the spill happened.
  • Property owners living near oil and gas hydraulic fracturing operations are in favor of the wells until they feel there are too many of them nearby, according to a recent Oregon State University study.
  • Construction will begin soon for a rails-to-trails bike path that will connect trails in Pennsylvania to ones in West Virginia.
  • Mountaire Farms violated the Clean Water Act after it allegedly sprayed farmlands with contaminated water, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
  • A water utility in Colorado is pushing back against injecting a chemical into the water system to slow pipe corrosion after elevated lead levels were found in the drinking water of several Denver homes.
  • More than a dozen states are working together to sue the Trump administration over its plan to undo car emission standards which require that new vehicles get significantly higher gas mileage.
  • European private equity fundraising and investments in 2017 hit levels not seen since 2006. Total fundraising in Europe was $110 billion last year.