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Anadarko’s $5 billion pollution settlement wins approval

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s agreement to pay $5.15 billion for pollution cleanup across the U.S. was approved over objections from people who said their illnesses won’t be properly compensated.
A natural gas rig in southwest Arlington, Texas (Star-Telegram/Paul Moseley)

Damage award in Texas fracking case raises stakes in air quality debate

A Texas family has won what appears to be the first successful U.S. lawsuit alleging that toxic air emissions from oil and gas production sickened people living nearby. But there are no assurances the verdict against Aruba Petroleum will survive an appeal or lead to regulatory changes in Texas.
On Feb. 28, North Dakota officials found hundreds of irradiated “filter socks” -- used to strain wastewater from wells -- dumped in an abandoned building in Noonan, just south of the Canadian border. The filters registered about 40 microrems of radiation, about eight times the naturally occurring “background level” in the area, the state said. (North Dakota Dept of Health via Bloomberg)

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
Hilton Kelley, head of the Port Arthur, Texas Community In-Power and Development Association, warns that refinery communities could see more medical ailments if they process more oil sands crude from Canada at a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy).

Keystone foes shift focus to health

Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday sought to shift the heated debate over Keystone XL from climate change to the public health effects of processing the oil sands it would transport from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

Study finds strong link between BP spill and sick dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in a Louisiana bay fouled by the 2010 BP oil spill are suffering from lung damage and other injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons, according to a federal study released Wednesday.
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Environmentalists, unions seek to fix gas leaks

Unions and environmentalists unite in call to fix leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment, a national effort that could cost $82 billion.
Oil cleanup workers hired by BP pick up oil on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Blood tests show elevated health risks for Gulf spill cleanup workers

Blood test results on some workers who cleaned up beaches and marshes after the 2010 Gulf oil spill suggest they may be at elevated risk for cancer and other disorders.
The Texas City Refinery is shown in March 2005. The facility now belongs to Marathon Petroleum. (AP file photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BP heading to court over health claims at Texas City refinery

This week four of more than 48,000 residents who sued BP claiming health damage from the toxic gases that spewed from its Texas City refinery for 40 days in 2010 will be the first to have their day in court.
Stephen Colbert takes on hydarulic fracturing in the August 15, 2013 episode of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.

Colbert slams oil industry for gag order on children (video)

Late-night satirical newsman Stephen Colbert took aim at Range Resources and the hydraulic fracturing business Thursday, calling out a gag order placed on two children whose parents had claimed the family suffered health problems from shale gas activity next to their farm.
I Energy Rig 248 on FM 99 in Live Oak County near Whisett, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Oil health and safety spending will increase 60 percent by 2030

Oil and gas spending on health and safety will grow 60 percent by 2030, driven by increased regulations, according to study released Friday.