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Illinois Delays Decision On Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                                        

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Broken Rail Blamed For Fiery Train Derailment

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal investigators have determined a broken rail probably caused a 2012 train derailment, explosion and spectacular fire that damaged a bus depot and led to evacuations in Ohio's capital city.                                

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Support For PolyMet Mine On The Decline

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new poll shows support for a proposed copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has declined.                                               

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Judge: PG&E Emails May Have Violated Rules

September 19, 2014 10:23 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | Comments

California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.                

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CSB Will Investigate Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corporation's Role In Spill

September 19, 2014 10:19 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.                               

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Judge Blocks Gas Line Safety Plan From Public View

September 19, 2014 10:04 am | by JAY REEVES, Associated Press | Comments

A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility's plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request.

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Range Resources To Pay $4M Drilling Waste Fine

September 19, 2014 9:58 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

Energy company Range Resources said it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste.                                   

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Oil Executive Accused Of Dumping Reaches Plea Deal

September 19, 2014 9:56 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

An oil executive accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a county in southwest North Dakota has reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors, authorities say.                               

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Pennsylvania Struggles With Gas Drilling Pollution

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water.                                       

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Oil Company Lawsuit Hits A Roadblock

September 18, 2014 10:17 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A letter from Louisiana's attorney general appears to throw up at least a temporary roadblock for a parish that is considering lawsuits against oil and gas companies over coastal damage.                     

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Improving Oil Train Safety In Seattle

September 18, 2014 10:10 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

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Chevron Meets Voluntary Shale Drilling Standards

September 18, 2014 10:03 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations For 2014

September 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by National Safety Council | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                                 

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Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell & Motiva Enterprises Pay Millions In Back Wages After Investigation

September 17, 2014 10:55 am | by U.S. Dept. of Labor | Comments

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.                                         

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CMS To Spend $1B To Cut Emissions

September 17, 2014 10:36 am | by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department announced that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.                                         

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