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

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects reviews of disaster claims related to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill to be completed this month.
  • Michigan homeowners living near a dump that was found to be contaminating local well water want to see their property taxes lowered as a result of the contamination’s perceived negative effect on property values.
  • An oil train transparency bill that was vetoed in New Jersey by the previous governor has found new life under the current administration.
  • Residents in a South African city are worried that a recent oil spill into the Jacobs Canal could endanger local ocean life and water sources.
  • The United States could soon be the world’s largest oil producer. Only Russia produces more oil, and the U.S. is on track to pass them as early as this year.
  • Three oil companies agreed to pay almost $200 million to settle a pollution lawsuit in New Jersey.
  • The area around an old dumping site for residential and industrial waste in Iowa will be tested by the EPA for air, water, and ground contamination.
  • Singapore-based companies are having an excellent 2018, with $816.9 million raised through equity capital markets.
  • The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is becoming the choice for foreign investors over the HB-1 program because the latter is not a pathway to permanent residency. EB-5 officials said one reason is that the program allows investors to bring their families with them to the U.S.