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NY City to Quadruple Fines for Construction Accidents

NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans for a sweeping new construction enforcement effort, on the heels of a fatal crane collapse earlier this month. The city will quadruple fines for serious safety lapses and undertake “proactive” safety investigations at 1,500 construction sites, along with other measures, Read the full article…


VIDEO: SoCalGas Expects to Stop Aliso Leak by Late February, Possibly Sooner

LOS ANGELES, CA – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced that its relief well project to stop the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak is proceeding ahead of schedule and the company expects to stop the leak by late February, if not sooner. The relief well drilling began Dec. 4, Read the full article…


Waste Water Company and Others Indicted on Several Charges

Ventura, CA – The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office handed down indictments Wednesday on Santa Clara Waste Water Company and Green Compass Environmental Solutions LLC, following a nine-month investigation into the November 18, 2014, explosion which occurred  at the Santa Clara Waste Water Company facility located at 815 Mission Rock Road in Santa Read the full article…

Waste Water Company

1 Worker Killed, Several Injured in Scaffolding Collapse

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – A six-story scaffolding collapse on Tuesday outside a New Mexico medical center, has killed one construction worker and injured seven others, including three critically. Amanda Schoenberg, media spokesperson at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho told SUN News that 21 feet of scaffolding buckled and Read the full article…


EPA Releases New Data on Colorado Mine Spill

COLORADO – The EPA has released additional water quality data from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2015 for the Animas and San Juan Rivers from the Northern Border of New Mexico to Navajo Nation. Based upon the surface water sample results in New Mexico, surface water concentrations are trending toward pre-event conditions. To assess the impacts Read the full article…


Refugio Oil Spill May Have Been Costlier, Bigger Than Projected

SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Plains All American Pipeline oil spill off the Santa Barbara County coast this year may have been bigger and costlier than originally expected, the company said in its quarterly earnings update Wednesday. The May 19 spill could cost the Texas company as much as $257 Read the full article…

Worker clean up oil on the beach in Santa Barbara from the recent pipeline break. Photo by Jules Griggs
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Manslaughter Charges for Construction Managers After Queens Worker Dies in Pit Collapse

NEW YORK CITY, NY- With construction-related deaths and injuries on the rise, prosecutors announced on Wednesday that manslaughter and other charges were being brought against two construction managers and the companies they worked for in the April death of a worker at a Lower Manhattan building site. Manhattan’s district attorney, Read the full article…