Today’s Top Story:
Although oil and gas company Freeport-McMoRan has abandoned plans to expand drilling at its Jefferson site in South LA, nearby residents remain uneasy about the health and safety impacts of the existing drilling operations. (KPCC)
South LA oil field scraps effort to expand drilling, but neighbors remain uneasy
An e-mail from the oil company Freeport MacMoRan that it would scrap its application for permission from the City of Los Angeles to expand drilling operations at a production facility surrounded by homes in the Jefferson Park neighborhood was terse.
Caltrans: Past policy may contribute to groundwater contamination
Caltrans has drilled thousands of undocumented wells during the past 20 years that could be contributing to groundwater contamination throughout California.
Scrapped drilling ban leaves open window for local rules ($)
The fight over local control of oil and gas development in New Mexico isn’t over yet. Though a federal court this week summarily struck down a county’s ban on drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the ruling leaves room for less restrictive local rules and fails to spell out exactly how far those rules can go.
Montana oil spill renews worry over safety of old pipelines
A second large oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network.
Pipeline Tycoon Kinder Expands Into Bakken With $3 Billion Deal
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) has agreed to pay about $3 billion, including debt, to buy a pipeline network from oil billionaire Harold Hamm that will give the company a foothold in the Bakken shale formation.
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