Wall Street Journal- BP PLC on Thursday agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, ending most litigation stemming from the deadly accident with what federal authorities called the biggest settlement ever with a corporation. The settlement, to be paid out over 18 years, ends five years of uncertainty for the U.K. oil giant, which has already taken charges of more than $40 billion in legal and cleanup fees for the Gulf of Mexico disaster, which killed 11 workers after a deep water oil well blew out. The spill leaked millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf and coated hundreds of miles of sensitive beaches, marshes and mangroves.
New York Times- Californians have been ordered to save water because of the drought. But one of the best ways to save it is to not lose it in the first place. That is why many cities in this thirsty state have declared a war on leaks.Here on Whitsett Avenue in the San Fernando Valley — or rather about 20 feet below it — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is replacing much of the Coldwater trunk line, a major artery more than 100 years old.The new pipe, five feet across, sits at the bottom of a deep trench. Before long, after each seam is welded seven times around and coated with cement, nine million gallons of water will flow through here every day.
The Hill-Residential water use in California fell 28.9 percent in May, the biggest decline since the state’s governor mandated citizens cut their water consumption to weather a severe drought. “The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought,” Felicia Marcus, the chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, said in a statement.
The Hill- Coal giant Murray Energy Corp. said Wednesday it is suing the Obama administration over its rule asserting power over small bodies of water. Murray said the rule — called the Clean Water Rule, or “waters of the U.S.” — is an example of “regulatory creep” and an unjust expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate water in light of Supreme Court decisions against other EPA rules.“The Obama EPA’s final ‘Waters of the United States’ rule not only reflects an unprecedented expansion in federal regulatory authority, but results in one of the largest land grabs by the federal government in this nation’s history,” Gary Broadbent, Murray’s assistant general counsel and media director, said in a statement.
IB Times- According to a new national scale analysis and map of water used in hydraulic fracturing operations, oil and natural gas fracking in the United States is now consuming over 28 times the water it did 15 years ago. The maps are part of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), accepted for publication in a journal of the American Geophysical Union, just days after New York State officially banned fracking.
CBS New York- It’s officially beach season and officials have been hard at work to make the shore experience even better. But not every beach is ready for umbrellas and beach chairs. CBS2’s Meg Baker went to Long Beach Island with the Army Corps of Engineers to see first hand the progress of the beach replenishment project — something that started even before Superstorm Sandy. “The communities that had the dunes we constructed in the beach fill project suffered virtually no damage from Sandy from ocean current and flooding areas adjacent were devastated by ocean waves,” said Kieth Watson, Project Manager Army Corps Engineers of Philadelphia.
USGS- In a new study published today, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline erosion rates in the world. Analyzing over half a century of shoreline change data, scientists found the pattern is extremely variable with most of the coast retreating at rates of more than 1 meter a year. “Coastal erosion along the Arctic coast of Alaska is threatening Native Alaskan villages, sensitive ecosystems, energy and defense related infrastructure, and large tracts of Native Alaskan, State, and Federally managed land,” said Suzette Kimball, acting director of the USGS.
SmartGridNews- Effective water management is a growing concern among cities and municipalities, as well as consumers, across the country in order to better control economic, environmental and safety impacts. A majority of consumers are concerned about water supply and water infrastructure issues in their communities, according to survey results released by MWH Global.
HydroWorld- The hydropower community faces constant challenges to prevent fish from entering tailraces and intake canals. Different deterrence technologies have been applied, with varying degrees of success. Mild fields of pulsed, direct current (DC) electricity have been used extensively in North America and Europe, and hydropower facility managers have also used electric deterrence arrays to guide fish toward desirable passage locations or away from areas where fish presence is unwanted.
Coastal News Today- Between April 2015 and March 2021, the government will invest £2.3 billion in more than 1,500 projects across England. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) investment plan sets out how this commitment will transform flood and coastal erosion risk management over the coming 6 years. The programme of work that this funding will support will reduce flood risk to more than 300,000 households by March 2021.