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Fracking Secrets Case Bounces Through WY Courts

March 13, 2014 10:30 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The high court sent the case back to a lower court on a technicality, but noted that Wyoming didn't offer enough evidence that the state oil and gas supervisor was correct to withhold the ingredient lists in response to requests for them.   

NC Utilities Chairman Testifies In Coal Ash Investigation

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's top utilities regulator has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.           

Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a pharmaceutical brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a nationwide standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamlin

All Eyes On Safety & Brand Protection

March 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Julie Ackerman, Senior Director, PR and Communications; PMMI | Articles | Comments

Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a national standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamline compliance efforts. Fortunately for manufacturers, there are many technologies designed to make compliance simple and efficient.

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.

Ohio Governor Linked To 18 Lapsed Pollution Permits

March 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.                 

Court Upholds Soot Pollution Requirements

March 12, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has turned aside an industry effort to weaken compliance requirements for environmental standards that reduce soot pollution from power plants.

Fight Over The Coal Ash Costs Continues

March 11, 2014 5:04 pm | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he's going to stay out of the debate whether his former employer Duke Energy Corp. should be allowed to pass to consumers the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds.                   

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

WV Drilling Waste Bill On Hold

March 11, 2014 10:34 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session after both sides could not agree before midnight Saturday, the deadline for the regular session.

MI Steel Plant Allowed More Emissions

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher volumes of emissions into the air under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                         

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Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

VA Plans Long-Term Review Of Coal Ash Spill

March 11, 2014 10:12 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

Fracking Enters The CA Governor's Race

March 10, 2014 11:12 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Long-time Governor Jerry Brown has placed climate change and environmental issues at the core of his re-election platform, but he's been dogged by those critical of his decision to allow fracking of oil and natural gas in California. He's being pushed to order a moratorium to block it.

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.

Duke CEO: Customers Will Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Q&A: Impact Of California's Green Chemistry Law

March 10, 2014 8:32 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In the wake of California's Green Chemistry Law, and the associated regulations that will become public later this year, Chem.Info spoke with Michael Kirschner about what the forthcoming regulations will mean for manufacturers and what they can be doing to prepare now. 

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.

Judge Rules On Ash Dump Cleanup

March 7, 2014 10:59 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said Thursday.                                    

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Illegal Oil Dumping In ND

March 7, 2014 10:57 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota.                   

Residents Frustrated After Nuclear-Leak Town Hall Meeting

March 7, 2014 10:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy described the radiation leak as minuscule, posing no public health threat, but residents and officials voiced frustration at a town hall, saying the DOE and managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are leaving them in the dark about what's happening at the repository.

House Blocks Obama's Carbon Curbs

March 7, 2014 10:27 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming at the heart of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted to block the administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

Managing Tailing Pond Wildlife

March 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers | Videos | Comments

Calvin Duane, of Canadian Natural, talks about the technology used to keep birds away from tailings ponds, ensuring the safety of the animals and that the ponds have minimal impact on their environment.             

Record Fines Imposed For Coal Mining Operations

March 6, 2014 11:13 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the nation's third-largest coal supplier, will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges from 79 mines and 25 coal processing facilities in West Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.    

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay regio

Alaska Pushes Back Against EPA

March 6, 2014 10:54 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region.

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."

House Fights Obama's Carbon Limits

March 6, 2014 10:34 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."                          

Environmentalists Speak Out Against Pipeline Upgrade

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists vowed Wednesday to fight Enbridge Inc.'s plan to replace and sharply boost the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that runs from Canada to Wisconsin, saying the project will exacerbate climate change. 

NC Officials Call For Duke Pipe Probe

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are pressing Duke Energy to send robot cameras up drainage pipes at all of its coal ash dumps in the state following a big spill last month that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated in toxic sludge.                        

'Black Horizon' Revisits Oil Spill Nightmares

March 5, 2014 10:29 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Black Horizon," the eleventh book in James Grippando's Jack Swyteck series, revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

A New York judge says Amazon rainforest residents who obtained a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador cannot try to enforce it through U.S. courts, because it was obtained through fraud.

NY Judge Rules For Chevron

March 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York judge says Amazon rainforest residents who obtained a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador cannot try to enforce it through U.S. courts, because it was obtained through fraud.                                 

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.

5 More Duke Energy Plants Cited

March 4, 2014 10:37 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company's coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

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