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

Gold King Mine Entrance

Gold King Mine entrance

  • Shops and restaurants are closing and real estate values are plummeting as politicians debate how to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint mayor Karen Weaver has requested $55 million to replace the lead pipes that caused the contamination.
  • A recently filed lawsuit claims that toxic fumes, odor, and noise from a Marathon oil refinery in Detroit are causing a nuisance for nearby residents. According to one of the attorneys, it’s an environmental justice issue because the community is predominantly minority and low-income.
  • Although SoCalGas has plugged the methane leak at the Aliso Canyon facility, the utility needs to maintain storage at the facility to continue providing power throughout its service area. Officials with the utility and the state are looking into ways to improve safety and prevent future leaks.
  • Fracking operations in North Dakota have been cut back since the price of oil has dropped significantly. The result has been a strain on the state’s economy and on the workers who were employed at the fracking sites.