Associated Press

December 27, 2013

Convictions Upheld in Pollution Case

Read here about a pollution case in Louisiana were convictions were upheld by a federal appeals court.


December 20, 2013

WI Mining Company Fined

Read here about a mining company in Wisconsin that has been fined $200,000 in a 2011 pollution case.


November 22, 2013

Oil firm to pay penalty for discharging fracking fluid

Read here about an oil firm in California that has been fined $60,000 for discharging fracking fluid.


November 14, 2013

NV residents reach mine pollution settlement

Read here about residents in Nevada that have reached a $19.5 million mine pollution settlement.


November 12, 2013

CO regulators consider stricter spill rules

Read here about oil and gas regulators in Colorado who are considering stricter spill rules.


October 30, 2013

Chili odor leads to lawsuit in CA

Read here about a chili odor emanating from a factory in California that is the subject of a lawsuit.


August 7, 2013

OH Retirement Community Hit With Legionnaires

Read here about a retirement community in Ohio that has been hit with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.


July 25, 2013

Fracking Study Shows Water Not Contaminated by Chemicals

Read here about a study that showed that chemicals from natural gas drilling did not contaminate drinking water aquifers in Pennsylvania.…

June 25, 2013

IL Governor Signs Fracking Regulations Law

Read here about strict fracking regulations that have been signed into law by Illinois’ governor.…

June 14, 2013

Environmentalists sue Coos Bay contractor over dirt slide

Source:, June 11, 2013
By: Thomas Moriarty

Two environmental groups are suing a South Coast contractor under the federal Clean Water Act.

The groups allege the contractor negligently let 1,500 cubic yards of construction debris slide into Coalbank Slough, violating the Clean Water Act.

Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and Coos Waterkeeper filed the suit Thursday against Johnson Rock Products, GMAC Mortgage and landowners Mikael and Malati Lindh in U.S. District Court in Eugene. The act allows individual citizens and groups to bring civil suits in addition to federal and state enforcement actions.

The suit alleges that on April 3, 2012, excavated soil and debris that Johnson Rock had stored on the Lindh property slid into the slough, altering the flow of tidal waters.

The lawsuit comes a year after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found Johnson Rock in violation of Oregon environmental laws regarding discharge of waste in state waters.

“We have been very supportive of DEQ’s enforcement efforts, but too much time has passed and nothing has been done to clean up the debris or rehabilitate the slough,” said David Petrie of Coos Waterkeeper. “It’s time to hold those responsible for this pollution accountable for their actions.”

Bridgette Whinery of Johnson Rock said the company is still working with DEQ and the Lindh family to resolve the state violation case. She said the company plans to review the new complaint and file a response if necessary.

The groups are being represented by the Portland-based Crag Law Center.