These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.
- A proposed railway line in Illinois would keep oil and other freight trains from traveling through more populated areas.
- Natural gas is expected to have a bright future as part of the United States’ energy portfolio. However, the biggest obstacle is keeping methane from leaking from wells.
- Residents in one Georgia city are fighting to keep a nearby landfill from taking in coal ash.
- The Southern California Gas Co. wants to no longer be required to clean up homes in Porter Ranch affected by the utility’s recent methane leak.
- Methane has been found in water wells in Colorado, but researchers said the contamination is not solely from oil and gas leaks.
- Florida Power and Light Co. was sued by environmentalists over contaminated water discharged from the utility’s Turkey Point Power Plant near Homestead, Florida.
- More than $370 million has been invested in new and up-and-coming companies in Ohio. However, more venture capital funding is needed for all of developing companies in the state.
- A Montana power plant will be shutting down two coal units by 2022 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit from environmentalists alleging pollution by the plant.
- Miami Beach’s property tax rate could be at its lowest level in 50 years. The Florida city predicts $160 million in property tax revenue.
- Oil production is up in Canada, but there is not enough space in the pipelines. The bottleneck is pushing oil prices further down.