Permit-less Sabal Trail pipeline risked by new sinkhole

photo: Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman at new sinkhole in Suwannee River State Park, 2017-10-03.

Live Oak, FL, October 5, 2017 — Sabal Trail, operating without a permit, is at risk from a new sinkhole within 60 feet of its 36-inch diameter, high-pressure, fracked methane pipe under Suwannee River State Park (SRSP), between the Suwannee River and the drill site in Hamilton County. Such sinkholes are among the geological risks WWALS warned about that have happened in the fragile karst limestone containing our drinking water … [more…]

Federal study says humans harmed by dispersant used during Deepwater Horizon

photo underwater: oil spill in Gulf of Mexico - Deepwater Horizon

A first-of-its-kind scientific study has determined that the dispersant BP sprayed at the oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 harmed human health. The symptoms — coughing, wheezing, skin irritations and burning eyes — tended to last only a little while for most of the people who were cleaning up the spill, said Dr. Dale Sandler, who’s leading the study for the National Institutes of Health.

But not … [more…]

Enbridge report on Straits of Mackinac pipelines angers Michigan

underwater photo: Enbridge report on Straits of Mackinac pipelines angers Michigan

Sixteen sections of underwater oil and gas pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac were found unsupported on the Great Lakes bottom during 2003 inspections — spans of 140 feet or longer, well beyond state requirements for mooring the pipe. Keith Matheny/Detroit Free Press (Photo: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)

Areas of missing protective coating on aging, underwater oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are larger than state officials were


Military bases’ contamination will affect water for generations

photo: Victorville, California - Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations

For decades, day-to-day military operations have contaminated the water at bases across the country, including the now-defunct George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. (Briana Smith/News21)

VICTORVILLE, CA — Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that