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Fatal Accident At Oil Sands Site

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Canadian company Suncor Energy says an employee has died after being "severely injured" at its oil sands site.                                       

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Closed Aluminum Plant A Likely Superfund Site

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Pollution at the closed Columbia Falls aluminum plant qualifies it as a Superfund site, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants the public's support before moving with the cleanup process.                        

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Stillwater Mining Production Up, VP Resigns

April 18, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.                                

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NorthWestern $900M Dam Deal Nixed By Consumer Counsel Changes

April 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

NorthWestern Energy would have to walk away from a $900 million deal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana if forced to make changes recommended by the state Consumer Counsel, an executive for the South Dakota-based utility said Thursday.

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ND Closes Radioactive Material Handling Plant For Emergency Inspection

April 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.                                    

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WV Expands Tourism Campaign After Chemical Spill

April 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days.                           

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Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

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Texas Town Honors West Fertilizer Victims

April 18, 2014 10:12 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

A moment of silence at 7:51 p.m. marked the exact time of the leveling blast in a town that is recovering but still has a long way to go. Photos of the 15 victims were shown on a large screen, including one of the several volunteer firefighters killed.

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Montana Proposes $45M In Oil Patch Grants

April 18, 2014 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.         

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Fatal Ammunition Explosion Under Investigation

April 18, 2014 10:06 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | Comments

A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others.                     

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Minnesota Pipe Line Seeks Expansion

April 17, 2014 10:28 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | Comments

Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.                               

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Sinclair Refinery Faces $201K Fine

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State safety regulators are proposing a $201,000 fine against Sinclair Oil Corp. for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming.                    

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Spokane Takes Over Waste-To-Energy Plant

April 17, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Spokane is taking over operation of the city incinerator that burns waste to generate electricity.                                          

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Oil Tanker Pirates Sentenced 12 Years

April 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A German court has sentenced a Somali man to 12 years in prison for helping lead a group of pirates who seized a German-operated oil tanker in 2010.                               

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ND May Challenge New Coal Emission Standards

April 17, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.                           

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