These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.
- Two Virginia families filed a lawsuit against Dominion Energy, alleging the utility’s coal ash pond contaminated their wells and affected their property values.
- Some members of Congress want to end the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The program was renewed until later this year. In the meantime, lawmakers are considering changing some of the requirements or possibly eliminating the program.
- Property owners along the U.S.-Mexico border continue to fight eminent domain filings from more than a decade ago when President George W. Bush’s administration built additional segments of a border wall.
- St. Louis officials announced that property values were up seven percent from two years ago, and it could result in increased property taxes for owners.
- A resolution that would have rolled back regulations on methane emissions failed in the Senate.
- The Dakota Access Pipeline had a minor leak last month that released 84 gallons of oil. The pipeline is not yet fully operational.
- BP reached a settlement with the Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company agreed to pay $45 million.
- The Department of Environmental Conservation is testing test soil samples at homes near an old landfill. The decision to begin testing arose after complaints from landowners.
- Officials in California found nearly one million residents have high levels of a dangerous chemical in their drinking water.