OIL AND GAS
Pa. refinery blast spewed deadly gas; 'lucky' no fatalities
A towering explosion at a century-old Philadelphia oil refinery earlier this year released 5,239 pounds of a hydrofluoric acid, federal investigators said today, the first time they have seen releases of the potentially deadly chemical during a refinery blast.
EPA announces $5M settlement with Pa. refinery
EPA and American Refining Group Inc. this afternoon announced a nearly $4.9 million settlement to resolve a spate of alleged Clean Air Act violations at a 138-year-old petroleum refinery in Bradford, Pa.
An Ohio family suffers as enforcement stalls
BARNESVILLE, Ohio — Jill Hunkler's cottage is flanked by four oil and gas well pads that EPA cited in 2016 for allegedly spewing organ-damaging air pollution. But after Gulfport Energy asked EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson for help, serious violations at those wells and a dozen other nearby sites remain unresolved.
EPA fails to ensure public notification of risks — IG
EPA's internal watchdog today slammed the agency for repeatedly overlooking when public water systems don't adequately inform their customers of drinking water violations that could put the public at risk.
Facing fines, polluters turn to Trump's enforcement fixer
EPA's chief of staff fixed a $100,000 problem for a fellow Oklahoma Republican. That meant more "whiskey fungus" on homes in a small town in Indiana and more smog for Cincinnati. But Ryan Jackson says fixing enforcement cases is part of his job.