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The Texas Brine courtroom drama reported by Law360 (pay to see)

Occidental Says Texas Law Doesn’t Apply To Sinkhole Suit

Law360, New York (September 24, 2015, 5:05 PM ET) — Occidental Chemical Corp. told a Texas federal court on Thursday that its dispute with Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. over liability for a massive sinkhole is not governed by Texas law because the Houston-based chemical manufacturer was incorporated in New York.

http://www.law360.com/articles/706967/occidental-says-texas-law-doesn-t-apply-to-sinkhole-suit

Liberty [Insurance Co.] Says Texas Law Applies In Sinkhole Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 2, 2015, 6:00 PM ET) — Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. told a Texas federal court Friday that its battle with Occidental Chemical Corp. and Texas Brine LLC over liability for a massive sinkhole is governed by Texas law because the insureds are based in that state.

In a brief supporting its motion for summary judgment, Liberty said Occidental and Texas Brine are trying to complicate the choice-of-law issue by noting that Texas Brine’s parent company used a broker with a California office . . . .

http://www.law360.com/articles/710222/liberty-says-texas-law-applies-in-sinkhole-suit


 

Vitter, Angelle lay blame for Bayou Corne

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a flashpoint in the governor’s race, with Republican candidate David Vitter accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe.

Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August 2012 when a swampy area of Assumption Parish dissolved into muck about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. He left the job only a few days after the sinkhole emerged, and Vitter’s campaign has accused him of abandoning the Bayou Corne residents.

http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2015/09/25/vitter-angelle-lay-blame-bayou-corne/72791466/

Energy Department Selects Five Projects In First Step To Produce Fresh Water From CO2 Storage Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Today, the Department of Energy announced the selection of five projects that will study the feasibility of using salty water―or brine ―from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites to produce fresh water.

These projects – which will receive more than $7 million in funding from the Department―will develop and validate strategies to manage pressure and the flow of CO2 in saline formations through a Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST).

By managing the pressure and the flow of CO2―also known as a plume steering―brine can be extracted from the formation at specific points, where fresh water can be separated in a process known as enhanced water recovery (EWR).

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/energy-department-selects-five-projects-first-step-produce-fresh-water-co2-storage-sites

NE Pennsylvania: Fracking Study Ties Water Contamination to Surface Spills

Research in Pennsylvania shows increased chemicals, but they are not coming from deep underground, making them easier to target.

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/12102015/fracking-study-ties-water-contamination-surface-spills-marcellus-shale-pennsylvania

Oklahoma Earthquakes 2015: Tremors Rise As Oklahoma Officials Struggle To Stem Fracking Wastewater Flow

” . . . shaking has become routine in parts of Oklahoma, where oil and gas companies are injecting unprecedented volumes of wastewater into the ground and inducing earthquakes, scientists have confirmed.

Oklahoma surpassed California last year as the earthquake capital of the lower 48 states and will likely beat the Golden State in 2015. “

http://www.ibtimes.com/oklahoma-earthquakes-2015-tremors-rise-oklahoma-officials-struggle-stem-fracking-2138124

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