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Ambassador Bridge owner files lawsuit to allow transport of hazardous materials

Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun says the Michigan Department of Transportation and its director have no right to prevent hazardous materials from being transported across his privately owned border crossing, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

The 15-page action filed in U.S. District Court criticizes MDOT director Kirk Steudle, claiming decisions to prevent materials that include corrosives, flammable liquids and explosive materials from being shipped by truck over the bridge has cost Moroun millions of dollars in lost truck tolls.

Trucks carrying hazmat — short for hazardous material — must instead use Sarnia’s Bluewater Bridge or the Detroit-Windsor truck ferry, which have proper equipment and permits in place to deal with a spill or an accident.

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MPC Crews on scene of a fuel spill in Detroit

March 1, 2017

DETROIT (WJBK) - An apparent police chase ended Wednesday morning in Detroit with a pickup truck slamming into a semi, which is now leaking fuel.

It started at a home in Southgate around 4:30 a.m., when a homeowner realized someone was breaking into his car. The suspect drove off in the homeowner's 2007 black Ford F250 -- and the homeowner hopped in his other car and started following the suspect.

The tanker now, though, is leaking diesel fuet in the area. Crews are on scene working to clean that up.

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Houston firm to pay $9.5M in penalties for safety violations, oil spill in Gulf

February 27, 2017

An oil industry services firm will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers.

As The Associated Press reports, the penalties against Houston-based Wood Group PSN were announced Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and U.S. attorneys in New Orleans and Lafayette, where civil and criminal cases have been playing out. The penalties followed plea agreements.

Wood Group will pay $7 million for falsely reporting that safety inspections were performed on Gulf of Mexico facilities over several years. Another $1.8 million in penalties are for discharging oil into the Gulf in the November 2012 explosion that killed three workers on a platform owned by Texas-based Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations. Wood Group also will pay $700,000 for community service projects.

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Trump Plans to Begin E.P.A. Rollback With Order on Clean Water

February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday aimed at rolling back one of former President Barack Obama’s major environmental regulations to protect American waterways, but it will have almost no immediate legal effect, according to two people familiar with the White House plans.

The order will essentially give Mr. Trump a megaphone to direct his new Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, to begin the complicated legal process of rewriting the sweeping 2015 rule known as Waters of the United States. But that effort could take longer than a single presidential term, legal experts said.

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Responsible Party’s Efforts To Avoid Payment Of Clean Up Costs Denied


In U.S. v. American Commercial Lines,  the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana considered a 2008 oil spill in the Mississippi River resulting from a collision between the tanker M/T TINTOMARA and the tank barge DM 932, owned by American Commercial Lines (“ACL”).  The US Coast Guard designated ACL as the Responsible Party (“RP”) under the U.S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA”) because the oil spill came from its barge.  ACL hired a number of oil spill responders to clean up the spill.  At the conclusion of the clean up these responders invoiced ACL’s designated agent but ACL disputed some of the claims and did not pay or settle them within the 90 daytime period prescribed by OPA.  These responders then submitted claims for their uncompensated removal costs to the National Pollution Funds Center (“the Fund”), who paid them.

The US commenced this lawsuit against ACL to recover the Fund’s payments to these responders. In deciding a prior motion, the district court confirmed that ACL was a responsible party and held that it was not entitled to invoke either OPA’s complete sole third party fault or limitation of liability defenses to the government’s claim.

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