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

  • The State of Michigan has filed a motion to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit in the Flint water crisis. The State’s attorneys say that the federal court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case. It’s not the only case against Michigan; several other lawsuits have been filed seeking financial damages since it was discovered that Flint’s water was contaminated with lead.
  • Southern Californians could see blackouts this summer lasting up to last 2 weeks because the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak dramatically lowered the availability of natural gas. SoCalGas isn’t allowed to store natural gas underground until all of its wells pass strict tests, and natural gas pipelines can’t deliver gas fast enough to meet demand without nearby storage.