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Mining Firm Lied About Acid Spill

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | Comments

Mexico's top environmental official said that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.                 

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Shale Dividend Could Pay For Smaller Carbon Footprint

August 19, 2014 5:16 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.'s carbon footprint, Purdue agricultural economists say.                         

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Exporting US Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Duke University | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to a new Duke University-led study.

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New Mining Rule Survives Court Challenge

August 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Comments

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.                           

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Thousands Of Fuel Oil Spill Into Ohio River

August 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | Comments

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Up In July

August 19, 2014 4:04 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI), chemical production expanded by 0.4 percent in July following an downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in June.                 

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Consumer Prices Up .1% In July

August 19, 2014 10:34 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.                                           

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Environmentalists Call For Health Registry In Drilling Regions

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | Comments

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.              

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BHP Plans Asset Split, Posts $13.8B Profit

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | Comments

BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.                           

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Protesters Gather Against Proposed Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area.                           

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Mine Explosion Traps 27

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.                                     

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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 18, 2014 5:10 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.                               

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Chemical Tanker Victim Buried At Sea

August 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | Comments

Ship spokesman Campbell Houston said Monday the engine-room fire left the 485-foot Pine Galaxy without much refrigeration, and the crewman's family gave permission for the ocean burial.                    

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Pipeline Protesters Plan Cornfield Concert

August 18, 2014 5:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.                        

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PG&E Pleads Not Guilty To Gas Blast Charges

August 18, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.         

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