News from the Associated Press - July 4, 2014

Associated Press
July 4, 2014

GE reaches $7.95M settlement with river towns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric Co. has agreed to pay $7.95 million to partially settle a federal lawsuit filed by Hudson River communities that had to find alternate water supplies when the company began dredging for PCBs.

The Times-Union of Albany reports  that the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company settled litigation with the towns and villages of Stillwater and Waterford, and with Waterford's water commissioners. The newspaper obtained the agreement through a Freedom of Information request.

Two other plaintiffs, the Saratoga County Water Authority and the town of Halfmoon, are proceeding with the litigation.

The municipalities claimed GE should help pay the costs for alternate water supplies when the company began its $1 billion-plus river cleanup.

Dredging for PCB-contaminated sediment continues this year and is expected to be complete as early as 2015.


Parents of worker killed in well blast sue owners

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The parents of a contractor killed when a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas well exploded in February have sued the Chevron subsidiary that owns the well.

The lawsuit filed by the parents of 27-year-old Ian Robert McKee contend Chevron Appalachia LLC was negligent but don't say how, only that the explosion "is the sort of event which normally would not occur in the absence of negligence."

The family's attorney, John Gismondi, says the lawsuit was filed so Denise and Robert McKee can demand information and answers from the company.

Chevron officials issued a statement calling McKee's death tragic and saying they're reviewing the lawsuit.

McKee was a contract technician for Cameron International, a subcontractor working at the well in Dunkard Township, Greene County. That company isn't named in the lawsuit.

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