North Dakota’s Health Department disregarded its own policy in updating the volume of a 2015 pipeline spill at a natural gas-processing plant, and it remains unclear whether promised quarterly inspections of the site have been done in the past two years as cleanup continued. Oklahoma-based Oneok Partners LP reported a 10-gallon spill of natural gas liquids, or “condensate,” from an underground pipeline at its Garden Creek gas plant near Watford City in July 2015. The company told the state last October that it had recovered 240,000 gallons of the liquid gas. The second sum was not put into an incident report that can be accessed on the agency’s website. “It should have been updated,” State Environmental Quality Chief Dave Glatt said Thursday. “It was in a file, but people [the public] didn’t know where to find it.” An incident report has not been done since June 2017.
United adds additional routes to Europe
United Airlines is adding several new routes to Europe, underscoring the pursuit by airlines of high-fare passengers. United said Thursday that it will add European flights from Newark, N.J.; Chicago; Denver and San Francisco. It’s adding destinations such as Nice, France, and Palermo, Italy, to woo premium leisure travelers. And it’s adding flights to places it already flies, like London, that appeal to business travelers. Many of the flights will use a version of Boeing’s 767 jet that United is configuring with fewer seats than planes it is replacing — but critically, with more business-class seats that generate much higher fares.
Phone companies pledge to fight robocalls
Major phone companies have pledged to do more to fight robocalls plaguing Americans, the country’s state attorneys general say. It’s the latest step from government and industry to combat the growing problem. Americans get nearly 5 billion automated calls from scammers, telemarketers, debt collectors and others every month. Parts of the agreement echo steps already taken by regulators and Congress, which is working on anti-robocall bills. There’s no timeline, though, for the 12 major phone companies in the pact to fulfill the promises announced Thursday by attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to the agreement, the companies will offer call-blocking tools for free to customers, with the exception of those who still use old copper landline phones. Many companies already offer this, although some charge for some or all of the services.