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Florida river gets curves back in 22-year, $980m restoration

Jul. 30, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — The 22-year project to restore Florida's Kissimmee River from a straight manmade channel to its natural meandering state has marked a major milestone. Officials involved in the nearly $1 billion Kissimmee River Restoration Project said at an event...

Helena says Tenmile Creek more contaminated than EPA found

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Water samples taken by Helena City staff in Tenmile Creek following a mine waste spill earlier this month show severely higher levels of metals and arsenic than those reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Helena Independent Record reported. ...

Why it's so hard and expensive to plug an abandoned well

Jul. 29, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

An estimated 2 million abandoned oil and gas wells across the country, forgotten or ignored by the energy companies that drilled them, are believed to be leaking toxic chemicals. Many of the wells are releasing methane, a greenhouse gas containing about 86 times the climate-warming power of...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 29, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land. The wells, unable to produce any...

Health officials warn against swimming in James River

Jul. 29, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials are warning people and pets to avoid swimming or wading in the James River after hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled from a Goochland County sewer line into a tributary of the river. The Virginia Department...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 29, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. Corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells. Unable to produce any useful amounts of oil or gas, the wells were plugged with cement...

North Carolina seeks origin of chemical spill on creek

Jul. 29, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — State officials are for the second time in slightly more than a year trying to determine the source of potentially harmful compounds found in foam floating on a North Carolina creek. In both instances, the man-made chemicals found in the...

Notice of violation issued after treated wastewater spill

Jul. 28, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Delaware environmental officials have issued a notice of violation to Mountaire Farms in Millsboro after a contractor damaged a pipeline and treated wastewater spilled into Swan Creek. The notice from the Department of Natural Resources and...

New Jersey backs Superfund cleanup for Hackensack River

Jul. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey on Friday took the first step to rid the lower Hackensack River of heavily contaminated sediment dating from the state's industrial past. State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced the commitment...

Officials warn of fish kill, strange odors in Charles River

Jul. 23, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass (AP) — Boston-area officials are recommending no swimming, boating and fishing on parts of the Charles River while officials investigate abnormal odors, dead fish and a oil sheen. The town of Natick said in an announcement on its website Thursday that the...