The blowout of the Transocean oil rig on April 20, 2010, had a big impact on workers, wildlife and the tourist industry of the surrounding areas. The offshore accident left so much damage in its wake that of course it will take time for all of the legal matters connected to the incident to be over.
For the most part, water is a good thing, but it can cause its share of troubles too. The pressure that water puts on creeks and rivers can loosen ground pollutants and cause water contamination. That's what has happened in one out-of-state location where too much water was going into the creek. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attempted to place limits on the amount of water that could flow into the creek.
Have you ever looked at rainwater running into a storm drain on the street and wondered about the pollutants it might be gathering as it flows? A recent case from California which came before the Supreme Court has some ramifications for cities nationwide. The case began several years ago, when environmental groups noticed that stormwater runoff entering the San Gabriel and Los Angeles rivers was carrying pollutants. The Los Angeles County Flood Control District holds a permit which allows it to direct rainwater into these protected rivers, and this permit states that the runoff must meet cleanliness standards set by the Clean Water Act.
Maybe you have seen protesters in pictures or on TV holding "Stop fracking" signs and speaking about environment protection. They are part of a large population in the U.S. that sees the relatively new method of getting natural gas out of rock deep in the earth as disturbing. Chemicals are used and released in the process, and health and environmental advocates attack the process as potentially toxic.
An environmental lawsuit was recently filed against the very entity that is supposed to protect the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency was targeted for not requiring stricter guidelines for the quality of beach water throughout the country.
In various past blog posts we have discussed the water contamination case of the Ogeechee River. But that river isn't alone in being a poor example of respect for Georgia's water resources. In fact, there are so many areas of environmental concern that a group called The Georgia Water Coalition has created a list of what it calls the "Dirty Dozen" bodies of water in the state.
It's already been more than a decade since the success of the movie Erin Brockovich, but Brockovich herself is real and joining a familiar environmental fight here in Georgia. The river contamination case against King America Finishing continues, and now perhaps the celebrity status of Brokovich will create more buzz around the pollution case.
In our past couple of blog posts we have discussed the environmental law case against King America Finishing. The Ogeechee Riverkeepers accuse the Georgia business of polluting the river with its drainage and they want justice to be done.
In a previous water pollution post, we discussed the environmental lawsuit between Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing textile plant. The plaintiffs have sued the textile mill for the river water pollution that they believe improper drainage from the factory has caused.
Rivers of flowing water and active wildlife bring a sense of peace to mind. But that peace and beauty is too often threatened and needs to be protected. Environmental law attorney Don Stack of Stack & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, fights for the protection of rivers.