Liability Under Federal Environmental Law for Crude Oil Spills from Rail Cars

More crude oil was spilled from rail cars last year than in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills in 1975. According to data compiled by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013. By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, 800,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars.
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Stepping Up to the Challenge: How Local Communities in the Utica Shale Play are Taking Advantage of the Boom


By now, all of us have heard about the far-reaching effect that shale fracking has had on our national energy policy. What is less clear is its impact on the many rural communities around the country that overlie the oil and gas-rich shale. Many of these areas have seen the shale boom as a sort of saving grace: one that promises good jobs and prosperity in regions where high poverty and unemployment have lingered for generations. Conversely, many shale communities are discovering that the shale boom is not without its challenges.
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Energy Realities


It is a reality that our world continues to demand and use more and more resources. Global population has increased to 7 billion with projections of 9 billion in just a few years. We have learned that economic and social stability relies on having a sufficient supply of at least three critically important resources: food, water and energy. Shortage of even one of these and a country is subject to buying (importing) on the open market. Can anyone imagine the U.S. having to buy food and/or water? But yet, we have become all to accustomed to being a nation that buys energy to help meet our expectations as a world economic leader and powerful international ally.
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Baker Hughes Move: Prescription for Industry’s Future?


It’s been a long time coming: Baker Hughes’ announcement in April that it will disclose the chemicals used in its fracking fluids may just signal the start of a much-needed tidal change in the oil and gas industry.
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