These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.
- A bill to ban hydraulic fracturing operations in Maryland is expected to be introduced in the state legislature. The bill has more than 50 co-sponsors.
- Researchers with the University of Alberta released a study linking stronger earthquakes in Western Canada to fracking operations in the area. The earthquakes are also becoming more frequent, according to the study.
- Rover Pipeline filed a lawsuit to use eminent domain to remove trees along a portion of the proposed route of a 713-mile pipeline.
- The Army Corps of Engineers announced it will allow construction to resume on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The controversial project has faced opposition from environmentalists and Native American groups, however, President Trump granted permission to complete the pipeline.
- The company working to redevelop the site of a former Coca-Cola bottling plant announced that the contamination from the plant was more extensive that initially expected and that nearby neighborhoods could be affected.
- Background methane levels continued to increase even as the number of natural gas wells dropped, according to a study of Northeast Pennsylvania. The findings suggest that more of the wells are leaking.
- Dartmouth College has agreed to compensate property owners who could potentially be affected with lower property values due to pollution from nearby land that was at one time used as a location to dump medical waste.
- Remediation of the 102-acre site of a former Chrysler plant in Wisconsin is 90 percent complete. Remediation should wrap up by the end of next year.
- Venture capital raising in Europe reached €8.89 billion last year, the most in 10 years. However, the number of funds that closed was the lowest amount since 2005.