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

  • By David Brodbeck from Seattle, WA, USA (Grand Coulee Dam spillway) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    By David Brodbeck from Seattle, WA, USA (Grand Coulee Dam spillway) (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

    U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to see oil companies add more safety features to trains carrying oil through New York.
  • New York is the first state to adopt a $15 minimum wage using a two-tier plan that creates different timetables for implementing the pay raise based on the area’s labor market and economy.
  • The United States, Canada, and Mexico partnered to present a clean energy plan that cuts greenhouse gas emissions and will focus on renewable energy.
  • An insurance company argued in court recently that earthquakes related to the hydraulic fracturing process should not be included in coverage provided to oil and gas companies.
  • The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is popular in India, where approximately 1,200 residents have applied for visas into America. One reason for the large number of applications is concern that the cost will be increasing later this year as Congress debates continuing the program with higher investment thresholds.
  • TransCanada filed a request for arbitration regarding the rejected Keystone XL Pipeline. The company is asking for $15 billion in damages from the federal government.