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Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

Shell Seeks Order to Remove Protesters From Arctic drill Rig

April 8, 2015 10:48 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific.

State Testing Water After Northeast Ohio Chemical Spill

April 8, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents in northeast Ohio are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their water is safe to drink following a chemical spill at an injection well facility.

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Is Fracking Responsible For Earthquakes In Oklahoma?

April 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

As the earthquakes in Oklahoma increase, the debate over the link between seismic activity and fracking rages on.

5 Years After BP Spill, Industry Touts Ability to Respond

April 7, 2015 4:58 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil companies say they can clean up offshore spills far faster today than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out 45 miles (72 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

US Probes Pesticide Poisoning That Sickened Family in USVI

April 7, 2015 4:54 pm | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. authorities have determined that the highly toxic pesticide methyl bromide caused a Delaware family to become seriously ill at a U.S. Virgin Islands resort, and that the chemical was used at the resort several times in the past year.

Greenpeace Group Boards Arctic Offshore Drill Rig in Pacific

April 7, 2015 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board.

US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades

April 7, 2015 9:49 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety officials said.

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Obama Presents Climate Change as Hazard to Your Health

April 7, 2015 9:44 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions and injuries from extreme weather.

State Posts Details of $225M Exxon Settlement on Website

April 6, 2015 2:49 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's what you need to know about the four-page proposal.

EPA Announces Moratorium on Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Various factors — including insecticides, habitat loss and disease — steadily reduced honeybee populations for decades, but research suggested the rise in neonicotinoids resulted in a recent spike in those population losses.

Modi Blames Changing Lifestyles For India's Rising Pollution

April 6, 2015 10:52 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

While already the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, India is still home to at least 300 million people with no electricity at all, while hundreds of millions have just a couple of hours a day. Bringing them all onto a 24-hour electricity grid fueled primarily by coal could jeopardize global efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Pipeline Developer Sues More Than 100 W.Va. Property Owners

April 2, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 100 property owners in West Virginia are being sued by the developer of a proposed natural gas pipeline.

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New Rules Take Effect For North Dakota Crude Oil Shipments

April 1, 2015 4:46 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Following a spate of explosive accidents involving North Dakota crude, the state began requiring companies on Wednesday to remove certain liquids and gases from oil before it's loaded onto rail cars — a move industry and state regulators believe will make for safer shipments.

ND to Join Wyoming Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 1, 2015 10:43 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said Tuesday it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

Agency Affirms Revised Review of Chukchi Sea Petroleum Lease

April 1, 2015 10:29 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental analysis of a 2008 Arctic Ocean petroleum lease sale that brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government.

Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry

April 1, 2015 9:52 am | by VICE News | Videos | Comments

VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight.

Monsanto Donates $4M to Effort to Save Monarch Butterflies

April 1, 2015 9:24 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.

Freedom Industries, State Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

March 31, 2015 3:17 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit cleanup reports and work plans to the DEP.

New Leadership to Take Over Embattled Chemical Safety Board

March 31, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Obama previously nominated Vanessa Sutherland, chief counsel for the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to succeed Moure-Eraso. That transition, however, will move up by three months following a slew of controversies under Moure-Eraso's watch.  

Va. Board OKs $361,000 Fine Against CSX For 2014 Derailment

March 31, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSX also agreed to complete restoration of the river bank in the area of the derailment and monitor the river for any long-term environmental impacts from the incident.

US to Pledge up to 28 Percent Emission Cut in Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Regulators Plan to Drop Case at Closed California Nuke Plant

March 30, 2015 4:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant was shut down in January 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of virtually new generator tubes.

Northeast, Despite Highest Gas Costs, Resists More Pipelines

March 30, 2015 4:21 pm | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 28, 2015 4:11 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

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