Today’s Top Stories:
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that natural gas production near homes in a Texas subdivision contaminated residents’ well water. The discovery was made in a community where the Environmental Protection Agency halted its own investigation into possible well-water contamination in 2012. (Los Angeles Times)
TRC Operating Co. Inc., has filed suit against Chevron USA. TRC Operating Co. Inc., accusing the neighboring energy company of pumping the steam it says migrated underground and weakened soil where a previously unknown sinkhole appeared. The sinkhole, filled with steam, water and oil as hot as 190 degrees, swallowed 54-year old grandfather Robert David “Dave” Taylor on June 21, 2011. (Bakersfield Californian)
Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California’s railroad bridges, no state oversight
Contra Costa Times
As concerns grow over aging rail infrastructure, earthquake readiness and a dramatic increase in crude oil shipments by train, state railroad regulators are scrambling to hire their first-ever railroad bridge inspectors — two of them.
Oil companies square off over sinkhole death
Neighboring oil producers in Kern County’s prolific Midway-Sunset Oil Field are waging a court battle over whose steam injections may have created the sinkhole that swallowed a 54-year-old grandfather on the first day of summer 2011.