In the wake of a ruptured pipeline that coated an Arkansas town in oil over two months ago, residents are complaining about illnesses that could be related to the spill. Al Jazeera take a look at the environmental controls being placed on the U.S. oil industry and what their possible impact on public health could be.
The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface. Hydraulic fracturing, or the drilling technique commonly known as fracking, has been used for decades to blast huge volumes of water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open valuable shale formations.
Officials say a Delaware City Refinery unit is using backup pollution control after a malfunction that sent a dark plume of smoke billowing from a stack at the plant. A Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control alert says the problem involves an energy-recovery and pollution-control system linked to a coker, which controls emissions.
Chem.Info’s recurring Regs Report feature presents new and emerging regulations and enables readers to better achieve compliance. In this installment, we explore the NFPA 2112 standards on flame resistant garments for protection against flash fires.
Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Monday. The London-based oil giant said the Coast Guard has concluded "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the work continues along 84 miles of Louisiana's shoreline.
Chevron CEO John Watson discusses energy production in the wake of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Watson says energy companies are taking a more proactive approach to safety, securing their systems and operations before government regulators come knocking.
The world's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, according to the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook report.
North Carolina would take a more cautious approach to allowing oil and gas drilling under legislation that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee. The amended bill removes many provisions in a Senate measure that would set a date for regulators to begin issuing permits to energy companies drilling for gas through hydraulic fracturing.
The rain following last year's drought has created a new, unexpected problem: The deluge is washing fertilizer off the farms and into rivers that provide drinking water to much of Iowa. Public officials say the problem will pass, but others worry about the potential risks of never-before-seen levels of nitrate.
Last week, the owner of a suburban St. Louis business, Rotary Drilling Supply Inc., reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over the unauthorized disposal of coal ash, which is the waste produced when coal is burned to produce electricity.
Illinois came a giant step closer to approving the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Friday, as lawmakers approved a measure they hoped would create thousands of jobs in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois.
Today the legacy of Hanford Nuclear Reservation is less about what was made here than the environmental mess left behind — and the federal government's inability, for nearly a quarter-century now, to rid Hanford once and for all of its worst hazard: 56 million gallons of toxic waste cached in aging underground tanks.
A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.
Opponents of a proposed uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota have asked Gov. Dennis Daugaard to change the proposed date of a state hearing on the project, asking for a delay until after another panel holds a hearing on water permits for the project.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.
New complaints about the odor coming from a Green Bay area plant that processes animal fats and food waste has some Brown County supervisors pushing harder to punish the owners if the matter isn't addressed soon. A supervisor says the county has provided plenty of time for Sanimax to fix the odor problems.
Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.
A uranium mining company seeking a mineral lease on state land in Arizona could have a hard time transporting the ore off-site because of the Navajo Nation's objections to an industry that left a legacy of death and disease among tribal members.
Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is fining three western Pennsylvania wastewater plants for discharging natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or tributaries that feed it. The fines are contained in a consent agreement with the companies that ran the plants.
The wait for answers is far from over for parents who for years have lived with the worry of not knowing what's behind the mysterious cancers that have sickened dozens of children in a rural area of northern Ohio. Despite a federal civil lawsuit that points toward a possible cause, the issue is far from settled.
Alaska has unveiled a plan to determine the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's oil and gas potential, as the state looks to reinvigorate the debate over whether to drill on the refuge's coastal plain.
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Circumstances surrounding the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island will be explored in a public hearing in Anchorage. The Coast Guard says a marine casualty investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk will begin at noon Monday at the Loussac Library and could last two weeks.
A lawsuit, filed by the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in federal court in Beaumont, is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources and civil penalties from BP for each day that oil was spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and for every barrel of oil that was illegally discharged.