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Whiting Petroleum Purchases Kodiak Oil & Gas For $6B

July 14, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Whiting Petroleum Corp. said Sunday it is buying Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for $6 billion in stock, worth $13.90 per share, in a deal that will make it the largest producer in the booming Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.          

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Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 10:35 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.                  

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Concerns Arise Over Returning Treated Water To Rivers

July 14, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Environmental activists in East Tennessee are opposing a plan that calls for taking water from the Nolichucky River for use by a Greene County industrial chemical plant and then returning the treated water to the river.                       

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Addressing Fracking Health Impacts In Pennsylvania

July 14, 2014 9:50 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.                                 

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Pipeline Breach Renews Call For More Monitoring

July 14, 2014 9:47 am | by JOSH WOOD, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.                                  

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Chemical Plant Blast Injures 1

July 11, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                             

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North Carolina Must Compromise On Coal Ash

July 11, 2014 10:03 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press | Comments

A co-author of a Senate bill to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Carolina power plants said Thursday that his chamber would reject the House's competing version of the measure, requiring negotiators to forge a compromise.  

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No Brine In The Bay

July 11, 2014 10:01 am | by JOSH WOOD, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

The snaking, nearly 2-mile trail of saltwater that an underground pipeline spewed in the rugged hills of western North Dakota's badlands left a 200-yard-long stretch of dead vegetation, a company official said, though she added there is no evidence yet that the spill has contaminated a nearby bay.

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Gas Explosion Kills 1, Injures 36

July 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A gas explosion in a bakery in southwest Turkey killed one person and injured 36 others on Friday, the country's emergency management agency said.                        

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New Jersey Approves Camden Tax Incentives

July 10, 2014 1:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

New Jersey officials have approved $260 million in incentives to bring a manufacturing facility and 395 jobs to Camden, a city that ranks among the most impoverished in the country.                    

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Dozens of skeptical citizens on Monday urged West Virginia officials to create meaningful regulatory and enforcement changes following a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days.

Study Shows WV Spill Chemical More Toxic Than Originally Thought

July 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                            

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Drought Drives Texas To Drink Treated Wastewater

July 10, 2014 1:25 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.                              

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Pushing For Carp Processing In Peoria

July 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Officials in the Peoria area say they're trying to attract an Asian carp processing plant to central Illinois.                                   

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Silicon Plant Talks Commence In North Carolina

July 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A North Carolina group plans a meeting Saturday in Iuka to call on local residents to press state regulators to hold a hearing on what it believes is health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.           

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Korean Firm To Pay $2M For Stealing DuPont Secrets

July 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A South Korean chemical company has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a criminal complaint alleging attempted theft of a competitor's trade secrets.                            

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Industrial Spill Closes Part Of U.S. Capitol

July 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Officials closed the House side of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday because of an industrial spill.                                            

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