Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Kensington palace Gardens London. By Malkalior at English Wikipedia.  [GFDL () or CC BY-SA 3.0.

  • Two U.S. senators are expected to introduce a bill that would ban the use of eminent domain to acquire property for the purpose of constructing a wall along the border with Mexico.
  • IGas announced plans to begin hydraulic fracturing operations in Cheshire, England. The company recently submitted an application and is now waiting on a response from local officials.
  • TransCanada is abandoning an oil pipeline project that would have transported oil across Canada from Alberta to Quebec and New Brunswick.
  • The economy suffered a setback in September with 33,000 jobs being lost. Some of the losses were attributed to recent hurricanes in the southeast. It was the first month in seven years in which the economy lost jobs.
  • Environmental officials in Massachusetts demanded “prompt action” from a gas station owner after approximately 200 gallons of gasoline leaked from an underground storage tank.
  • A crew contracted by the Environmental Protection Agency used mine waste for a road improvement project. The crew later cleaned up and removed the waste.
  • Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, said he would like to help Puerto Rico rebuild its power grid using solar panels. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said he is interested in the idea.
  • Specialty REITs raised nearly $26 billion dollars in 2017 through September 29, outpacing all other types of REITs.
  • While housing prices in England have been on the decline recently, properties on Kensington Palace Gardens cost an average £35 million.