These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.
Environmentalists are worried that coal ash ponds located on the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in Alabama could pollute the water supply for residents located downriver.
- A plan to remediate a former North Carolina DuPont X-ray film plant is expected to be approved later this month.
- In Kansas, a couple filed a lawsuit alleging that a neighboring dairy farm contaminated their water supply. The lawsuit seeks $75,000 in damages.
- Saudi Arabia is transferring $27 billion into its sovereign wealth fund. The money will be used to diversify the country’s investments as it works to recover from low oil prices.
- One oil pipeline was approved, but another was denied by Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The approved pipeline would move oil from Alberta to the Pacific Coast, where it can more easily reach international buyers.
- Private capital is no longer being invested in coal, according to a new study. Instead, private capital investments are looking at renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
- Earlier this year, Oklahoma passed legislation that limited wastewater injection into oil wells. The rate of earthquakes has decreased since the legislation was enacted.
- The Environmental Protection Agency downplayed the dangers to drinking water from gas drilling operations, according to a recent report.
- Melbourne, Australia’s property prices dipped last month, but the other seven capital cities in the country all saw positive increases in month-over-month comparisons.