The failure of the world’s largest engineered slope a year ago at Charleston’s Yeager Airport has generated widespread speculation from the international engineering community because of the scale of construction and the numerous prizes for design the project had garnered, says Chrys Steiakakis, a geotechnical engineer at Geosysta Ltd., Attiki, Greece.
A planned $2-billion flood-control project for the Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn., metro area allocates $5 million worth of construction funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its 2016 work plan, said Terry Williams, corps project manager in St. Paul.
When the U.S. Congress adjourned in December, it scrapped a water-rights settlement package meant to end years of bitter haggling in California and Oregon’s Klamath Basin among farmers, fishermen, utilities ratepayers and environmentalists.
Even as drilling crews are getting closer to capping a natural-gas well that has spewed thousands of metric tons of methane since last fall, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has filed criminal charges against utility Southern California Gas Co. for failing to immediately notify authorities of the rupture within the largest underground natural-gas storage facility west of the Mississippi River.
Canada's National Energy Board has failed to monitor the construction and maintenance activities of the nation's top pipeline shippers and enforce safety mandates, said Julie Gelfand, commissioner of environment and sustainable development in the office of the auditor general.
The fallout from Colorado’s Gold King Mine spill in August continues to spread. In mid-January, New Mexico state officials served a “notice to sue” to the Environmental Protection Agency and several other parties for their roles in causing the 3-million-gallon deluge that poisoned the Animas and San Juan rivers with acidic mine water.
A scheduled drilling effort to construct a test borehole in the deep shale formations of North Dakota is one of the first moves in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s formal effort to develop new nuclear storage options for low-level radioactive waste fuel from nuclear powerplants, now often housed on-site in temporary facilities, such as cooling ponds and aboveground concrete casks.