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Saltwater Spill At Oil Well Under Investigation

February 11, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Dakota Health Department says more than 10,000 gallons of saltwater leaked from an oil well site in the western part of the state.                               

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.

NC Dumps Deal With Duke Energy

February 11, 2014 10:40 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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'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 Spill Reveals Regulatory Issues In NC

February 10, 2014 11:44 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the last year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear out leaky coal ash dumps like the one that ruptured last week. Each time, they say, their efforts have been stymied — by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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PolyMet Scrutiny Turns To Cleanup

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the most contentious issues in the debate over whether Minnesota should allow PolyMet Mining Corp. to build the state's first copper-nickel mine is whether the company can cover cleanup costs after it closes.                      

NC Admits Arsenic Test Mistake

February 10, 2014 11:30 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's environmental agency said Sunday it wrongly declared all test results for the arsenic levels in the Dan River as safe for people after a massive coal ash spill.

Duke Energy says it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river on Tuesday as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plant

Duke Energy Apologizes For Coal Ash Spill

February 10, 2014 11:27 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top executive at Duke Energy has apologized for the company's massive coal ash spill in North Carolina and pledged to clean up its toxic waste from the Dan River.                  

Democrats Back Suits Against Oil & Gas Industry

February 10, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Louisiana Democratic Party is supporting lawsuits demanding that 97 oil and gas companies pay for damages to the state's marshes that led to coastal wetlands loss and contributed to higher storm surges during hurricanes.

Colorado regulators said Thursday they will consider whether new rules are needed after 13 oil spills were blamed on last September's flood, but some county officials said the leaks were comparatively small and that the existing rules worked.

CO Calls For New Oil Rules Post-Flood

February 7, 2014 11:14 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators said Thursday they will consider whether new rules are needed after 13 oil spills were blamed on last September's flood, but some county officials said the leaks were comparatively small and that the existing rules worked.

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Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.

Arsenic Debate After NC Spill

February 7, 2014 11:02 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest electricity provider, state regulators and an environmental group issued differing data Thursday about the levels of toxins detected in a North Carolina river following a massive spill of coal ash.

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.

Freedom Industries Moves Chemicals To PA

February 6, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of gallons of the chemical that spilled into the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians will be heading to Pennsylvania on Tuesday.             

UT Approves Chevron Spill Deal

February 6, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah has given final approval to a $5.35 million settlement with Chevron after a pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel in northern Utah last year.                       

Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.

NC River Turns To Sludge After Coal Ash Spill

February 6, 2014 10:41 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.                          

Slime Busting Coating For More Sustainable Ships

February 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by AkzoNobel | Videos | Comments

At his lab, Mehmet Atlar, Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at Newcastle University, is working on new polymers that can be painted to the hulls of ships to prevent the build-up of various underwater slimes. It’s a bit like the non-stick surface of a frying pan, which prevents anything from adhering. By testing model ships in various conditions, Altar is already seeing results.

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State and federal environmental officials on Tuesday continued their investigations of a Duke Energy Corp. spill of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina's Rockingham County.

Coal Ash Spill Investigation Begins

February 5, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal environmental officials on Tuesday continued their investigations of a Duke Energy Corp. spill of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina's Rockingham County.

EPA Shifts Greenhouse Gas Permitting To Texas

February 5, 2014 10:45 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.

Coal Ash Spills Into NC River

February 4, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipe under a coal ash pond broke in northern North Carolina, releasing an unknown amount of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke Energy Corp. said Monday.                              

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 Receives $4M To Cover Cleanup

January 22, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The embattled company behind West Virginia's chemical spill has reached a bankruptcy court deal for up to $4 million in credit from a lender to help continue operations and also provide funds to cover environmental cleanup from the spill in the Elk River, an attorney said.  

Halliburton Manager Sentenced

January 21, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager faces a possible prison term when a federal judge sentences him for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Get The Facts On New Hazard Communication Standards

January 7, 2014 3:43 pm | by Lindsey Shehan, Chemist, Techspray; Kevin Pawlowski, Senior Product Manager, Techspray | Articles | Comments

As the world continues to get smaller, and millions of pounds of chemical products are shipped between countries daily, a new Global Harmonized System is being implemented to aid in the communication of hazards and risks.                                   

Water Projects Unify A Divided Congress

December 27, 2013 10:15 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress.                  

Water Recycling At Eagle Ford Shale

December 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by Dow & Omni Water Solutions | News | Comments

Together, Dow Water & Process Solutions and Omni Water Solutions have treated more than 245,000 barrels of flowback and produced water from Texas’ Eagle Ford shale hydraulic fracturing operations.                                               

Obama Pushes More Oil To Clean Up Coal

December 23, 2013 10:55 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

Ex-EPA Official Convicted Of Theft

December 18, 2013 1:35 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work — while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.                                   

Verdict Reached In BP Engineer's Trial

December 18, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Trading Wetlands For Mines

December 17, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company hoping to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota says it will add wetlands elsewhere to offset the loss of more than 900 acres the project would cause.                                   

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