These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.
An oil train derailed in Oregon last month, and now a groundwater monitoring station has picked up signs of contamination. A nearby town’s water wells were not contaminated because they are located uphill of the derailment.
- Colorado’s minimum wage could be increasing soon. An initiative to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 is expected to be on the ballot in November.
- It’s been years since the housing market bubble burst. While many cities across the country have been recovering, Cleveland is still feeling the effects.
- More than 150,000 Chicago residents might be eligible for a property tax rebate from the city. The rebates are estimated to total $21 million.
- A power plant in Montana will convert two of its units into a non-liquid disposal system as part of a lawsuit settlement that will also make it easier to clean up the coal ash that has contaminated groundwater.
- The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that local municipalities cannot ban hydraulic fracturing in their communities.
- Environmentalists are renewing their calls to shut down the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility after another leak was discovered earlier this month. A leak discovered last October forced thousands of residents of nearby Porter Ranch to be leave their homes for several months.
- North Dakota is the first state to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its rule to reduce methane emissions.
- The Lake Elmo City Council voted unanimously to sue 3M for allegedly contaminating a water source for thousands of residents in the Minnesota city.
- Dubai saw property deals in the first half of the year drop more than 12 percent from the same period in 2015.