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Refinery owner loses water cleanup legal challenge

...long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery's closure...Instead, sulfolane has since been detected in a 3-mile long groundwater plume near the refinery, leaving Flint Hills responsible...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-20/refinery-owner-loses-water-cleanup-lega
State
My Turn: In hard times, nobody can go it alone

...he could.My sister stood alone against drugs and alcohol, and she could not ward them off any better than I could the groundwater that poured into my house. Initially I resisted many offers of help from friends because I had learned growing up in a hard...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-07-25/my-turn
Opinion
State sues over North Pole refinery contamination

...failed to stop a chemical spill that has damaged soil and groundwater.The lawsuit filed Thursday claims current owner Flint Hills...release of sulfolane, a liquid used in refining oil, leaving groundwater unfit for human use, and neither company has taken reasonable...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-10/state-sues-over-north-pole-refinery-con
State | AK legislature
Parnell: Flint Hills liable for spill

FAIRBANKS - A new buyer of the North Pole refinery will be not be held responsible for groundwater contamination that leaked from the plant, but that won't be the case for the current owner, according to Alaska Gov. Sean...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-05/parnell-flint-hills-liable-spill
State | AK legislature
In the Stacks: new fiction

...Apocalypse Cow," by Michael Logan (joint winner of the first Terry Pratchett prize), and "Fatal Descent," by Beth Groundwater (latest in the RM Outdoor Adventures Mysteries), as well as the titles below."The Mad Scientist's Guide to World...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-03-20/stacks-new-fiction
Art
Flint Hills: North Pole Refinery will close

...and uncertainties over future soil and groundwater cleanup costs that began under the refinery's...money and resources addressing soil and groundwater contamination that was caused when Williams...litigation.North Pole residents affected by groundwater contamination will continue to be protected...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-05/flint-hills-north-pole-refinery-will-cl
State
Gov. defends actions for oil refinery's future

...used in refining oil, was discovered to have leached into groundwater beneath the refinery, resulting in a plume about 2.5 miles...difficult refining market and uncertainties over future soil and groundwater-cleanup costs that began under the refinery's former...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-18/gov-defends-actions-oil-refinerys-futur
State | AK legislature
Capital budget one of last big pieces pending

...Attorney General Michael Geraghty is working on a three-way agreement to study what can be done to address the sulfolane groundwater contamination at North Pole, including the potential for extending the public water system to affected properties, chief...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-23/capital-budget-one-last-big-pieces-pend
State
KSM Pt. 2: A river runs through it, and that's the problem

...mitigation measures in place, 93 percent of mines that had a potential for acid drainage exceeded water quality standards in groundwater and 85 percent exceeded water quality standards in nearby surface waters," they wrote in public comments.On its website...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-04-03/river-runs-through-it-and-thats-prob
Outdoors
Refiner offers settlement to some in North Pole

...settlement to some North Pole area homeowners affected by tainted groundwater. The company also has connected 28 homes to North Pole's...soil at the refinery and caused sulfolane to seep into the groundwater. Spokesman Jeff Cook says Flint Hills is drilling new wells...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/090510/reg_704856346.shtml
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