Sheryl Barr

August 13, 2019

Next phase of Kil-Tone cleanup unveiled in Vineland

Source:, August 13, 2019
By: Michelle Brunetti Post

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a $36 million cleanup of about 40 nonresidential properties contaminated by the former pesticide manufacturer Kil-Tone Co. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Despite A Massive Cleanup Effort, People Near Some Military Bases Still Can’t Drink Their Tap Water

Source:, August 13, 2019
By: Dan Boyce

For decades, the Venetucci family ran a small farm in Colorado Springs. Each Halloween, they grew pumpkins that they gave away to local children.

When the Pikes Peak Community Foundation took over the farm in 2006, it continued the pumpkin tradition and also grew organic vegetables – until chemical runoff traced to firefighting foam at nearby Peterson Air Force Base contaminated the soil. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Toxic groundwater lies beneath Phoenix, and a cleanup has been delayed for years

Source:, August 13, 2019
By: Ian James & Andrew Nicla

The water beneath a large swath of Phoenix isn’t fit to drink.

A plume of toxic chemicals has tainted the groundwater for decades, and it’s now at the center of a bitter fight over how the aquifer should be cleaned up and what should happen to the water in the future. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Delay in Pipeline Construction Projects in the Oil and Gas Industry: Part 1 (Risk Mapping of Delay Factors)



Delay in pipeline construction projects in the oil and gas industry attributed by schedule and budget overruns is a major challenge in oil and gas industry. A total of 47 delay factors were identified and ranked where timely project completion alongside with adherence to the budget, quality and safety standards were found to contribute to a project success. Some of the factors identified in the study included: poor managerial skill, slow decision making within all project teams; lack of communication between client, consultant and contractor; inadequate design team; scope variations; unrealistic contract decision and delay in drawings preparation of the project. This paper identifies the factors causing delays and the risk associated with them in the pipeline construction projects in Bahrain. A risk mapping matrix was employed to classify each delay factor under a specific zone based on the mean value of Importance (Consequence) and Frequency (Likelihood) to illustrate the impact nature of the risks resulting from the delay factor. The study adopted a mixed method research design approach which was guided by a pragmatic philosophical stance. The results of this study indicated that inadequate project planning, budgeting, and scheduling, scope variation, and late materials delivery were the main delay causing factors. The research also provides recommendations such as contractor penalties and proper project team engagement have been made to help avoid and mitigate some of the risks to ensure efficiency and timely project completion. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Pipe Installation & Maintenance: Pipeline Failures, Serious Accidents Often Due to Errors by Engineers, Contractors

Source:, November 1, 2007
By: Dr. Jey K. Jeyapalan, P.E.

There are more than eight million miles of pipeline nationwide, with the number of pipeline failures and serious accidents now on the rise.

Multiple Mistakes

Take for example what happened in Boston on the Big-Dig. After years of unstoppable leaks needing continuous pumping of over two million gallons of water each month, a woman was killed on her way to the Logan airport when the roof of the tunnel collapsed. The Boston Globe reported this summer that state and federal officials are now demanding Bechtel-Parsons Brinckerhoff pay as much as $1 billion to settle claims for shoddy work in exchange for a guarantee the consortium won’t face criminal charges, according to the sources with knowledge of the negotiations. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Lawsuit: Negligence caused Legionnaires’ outbreak at hotel

Source:, August 12, 2019

A lawsuit filed Monday alleges “negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems” caused a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel that killed one person and potentially sickened dozens.

State and county health officials are investigating the outbreak among people who stayed at or visited the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel between June 22 and July 15. There have been 12 lab-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one person who died, and 63 probable cases, Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said in an email Monday. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Newark handing out bottled water as filters appear to fail to protect residents from lead

Source:, August 12, 2019
By: Elizabeth Thomas

More than eight months after officials in Newark, New Jersey, began handing out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents from elevated levels of lead, tests of three homes containing filters earlier this month showed that elevated lead levels in the water remained.

In a letter to Newark officials issued Friday, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) said bottled water should be provided to residents “as soon as possible.” Read more.

August 13, 2019

Idaho Tribe Sues Mining Company Over Pollution

Source:, August 12, 2019

The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area – which the company says it plans to do if it gets approval from U.S. officials to restart mining at the site.

The tribe contends in the federal lawsuit filed last week that British Columbia-based Midas Gold is illegally allowing arsenic, cyanide and mercury to remain in the area where the tribe has had hunting and fishing rights since an 1855 treaty with the U.S. Read more.

August 12, 2019

Copper Lounge collapse lawsuits, bankruptcy case end in multi-million dollar settlement

Source:, August 8, 2019
By: Jonaythan Ellis and Joe Sneve

The developer and construction company behind the collapse of the former Copper Lounge building in downtown Sioux Falls in 2016 have agreed to a settlement worth more than $4 million.

The agreement, reached in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Dakota and approved by a judge this week, would end most of the litigation resulting from the Dec. 2, 2016 tragedy. That incident killed Ethan McMahon, an employee of Hultgren Construction, and entrapped an upstairs resident, Emily Fodness, in rubble for hours.

Under the terms of the settlement, Hultgren Construction’s insurance company will pay $2 million. Another $1,150,000 will come from property insurance and another $1 million will come from the insurance company of Legacy Developments & Consulting Co.…

August 12, 2019


Source:, August 9, 2019

Glyphosate faces a test inside America’s homes

  • Bayer, which bought Roundup maker Monsanto last year, has reportedly offered $8 billion to settle thousands cancer claims.
  • Lawyers for the consumers who claim glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, caused their cancer, want $10 billion, according to Bloomberg.
  • Bayer’s stock price has fallen by half since its June 6, 2018, purchase of Monsanto.

Monsanto parent company Bayer is said to be offering an $8 billion deal to settle about 18,000 claims that its weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. Shares of Bayer jumped ahead of the start of trade Friday on optimism that a settlement would end uncertainty about the chemical giant’s liabilities.