Tag: health

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

Fracking may boost California economy 14%, study says

“Not only would state unemployment fall, but significant migration of properly skilled workers into California would occur,” a study by the University of Southern California concluded, after analyzing the potential impact of developing the state’s Monterey Shale.  More »

New York town wages gas pipeline fight

NYC police officer Nick Russo and others in the town of Minisink, N.Y. are fighting the $43 million Minisink Compressor Project on the Millennium Pipeline, designed to help ease the power crunch in New York City, an hour’s drive to the south. They say the project is a health threat.  More »

Workplace deaths drop, except in oil industry

Oil and gas field services and drilling workers were killed on the job in Texas more than those in any other profession, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis.  More »

Federal safety-awareness program launches in Texas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a month-long health and safety training program for the oil and gas industry today, targeting corporations in Texas and several surrounding states.  More »