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Lawmakers Urge A Block Of The Chesapeake Cleanup

June 25, 2014 10:55 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab.                     

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

North Carolina Approves Closure Of Coal Ash Dumps

June 25, 2014 10:41 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The unanimous vote came about four months after a massive spill from a Duke plant in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge. The measure requires Duke to place ash from dumps at four of its plants into lined landfills or sell it for reuse by the construction industry within five years.

Oil Train Data Reveals Heavy Traffic

June 25, 2014 10:20 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.                 

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Justices Rap EPA, But Uphold Global Warming Rules

June 24, 2014 10:32 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court largely left intact the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

Oklahoma Attorney General Praises Court's Limits On EPA

June 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits the Environmental Protection Agency's program to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.               

Pipeline Eruption Causes Concern

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas health officials on Monday were at the site of natural gas pipeline eruption in eastern Kansas, where crops and trees have withered since a dark, oily plume burst from the line while crews were trying to perform maintenance.                

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

The Elk River Chemical Spill: A Preventive Maintenance Cautionary Tale

June 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Mumford, Manager Plus | Blogs | Comments

When a tank leaked 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical into West Virginia's Elk River, Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy within days. In the aftermath of the incident, representatives from a range of industries signed a letter to West Virginia’s government calling for increased regulation and stronger enforcement.

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).

Fishermen Reject Shell's $50M Oil Spill Payout

June 23, 2014 10:58 am | by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said after winning a landmark court ruling.                  

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7,500 Gallons Of Oil Spill Into The Colorado River

June 23, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream, but apparently not affecting any drinking water, state officials said Friday.

8 Arrested At Coal Company Headquarters

June 23, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight people protesting mountaintop removal coal mining were arrested outside Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.                                    

Fracking In A National Park

June 23, 2014 10:48 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, the resurgent American oil industry is tapping into this rugged landscape, so the vistas that soothed Roosevelt's grief and helped instill his zeal for conservation now include oil rigs and flares used to burn off natural gas that comes to the surface. 

Supreme Court Sets Limits On EPA Rules

June 23, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court placed limits on the Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                             

Australia To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 23, 2014 10:36 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.                                

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Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Articles | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

Texas Gas Town Considers Banning Fracking

June 19, 2014 12:53 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than $30 million into city bank accounts. But this former farming center north of Dallas is considering a revolt.

Great Lakes Mayors Call For Tougher Oil Shipment Rules

June 19, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing mayors of cities in the Great Lakes region says the U.S. and Canada should do more to protect the environment from oil spills.                      

The End Of Microbeads Is Near

June 18, 2014 4:32 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. 

North Carolina Attorney General Demands Coal Ash Cleanup

June 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's attorney general says Duke Energy's coal ash pits must be cleaned up to protect the state's waterways, but consumers should not foot the bill.                          

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Coal Ash Bill Advances In North Carolina Senate

June 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A committee of the North Carolina Senate advanced a bill aimed at stopping groundwater pollution leaching from Duke Energy's coal pits in the state, despite concerns raised by the company that it won't be able to meet the mandated closure deadlines.

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 10:31 am | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.                     

California Releases Revised Fracking Regulations

June 17, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California oil regulators have released updated rules governing well stimulation jobs including hydraulic fracturing. The revisions are a continuation of the draft rules released last year.                          

FDA Could End Consumer Access To Antibacterial Soap

June 16, 2014 2:57 pm | by American Cleaning Institute | News | Comments

Proposed rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could remove antibacterial soaps and body washes from store shelves – and might lead to 7.5 million new cases of foodborne illness and more than $38 billion in health care costs annually.

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries Will Staff Spill Site Round The Clock During Cleanup

June 16, 2014 2:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After spilling stormwater into the Elk River twice last week, Freedom Industries told the Department of Environmental Protection it would keep contractors at its Charleston site 24 hours a day.                                  

Power Plant Debate Starts War Of Statistics

June 16, 2014 11:23 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.               

"Big Oil" Lawsuit Issues Linger In Lousiana

June 16, 2014 11:21 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation aimed at killing a south Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against the oil and gas industry has been passed and signed into law, but nothing is settled yet — including the future membership of the flood board itself.                

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