For those of you who may not remember, in 2015 auto giant Volkswagen AG was found guilty of intentionally installing sensors to “cheat” or “pass” the Clean Air Act emissions tests. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports, complicit companies had to pay settlement monies out of over 10 billion dollars. Those dollars went in two directions, the first went to pay to remove all of the non-compliant from the road and the second went to produce green alternatives.
Over the weekend there was a sizable oil spill off Guarello Island near Chile. The 40,000 liter spill was reported to the Chilean Navy on Saturday, July 27th by the Chilean mining company, CAP. The navy dispatched a pollution response and control team immediately in attempt to contain the spill. By the next day, they reported that about 15,000 liters of contaminated water had been contained.
Card skimming continues to become a growing problem with the card industry. Skimmers are small devices installed by criminals on fuel pumps and other devices to steal information from credit and debit cards. The rate of skimming occurrences have been on the rise nationally. Recently, articles have been published in Florida stating, that since 2015 Florida authorities have found over 2,800 skimming devices, and in the first half of 2019 authorities have found 259 skimming devices. This is a nation-wide concern, and there are a few simple ways to help prevent becoming a victim to card skimming.
The Laurel Pipeline, which has operated since 1957, runs east-to-west across the state of Pennsylvania, delivering gasoline, diesel and heating fuels from the Philadelphia refineries to central and western Pennsylvania. Laurel Pipe Line Co., a subsidiary of Buckeye Partners LP based in Houston, TX, owns and operates the pipeline. Over the past few years, Laurel Pipe Line Co has been petitioning to change the direction of the pipeline to run west-to-east. Local gasoline retailers such as GetGo and Sheetz have been fighting against Laurel Pipe Line Co. on the reversal since this first began last June. The local retailers fear that the pipeline reversal will reduce competition, eliminate jobs in the area and drive up pump prices. The retailers have won the initial fight as the Public Utility Commission (PUC) decided to block Laurel Pipe Line Co. from a full reversal.