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Fracking At Fashion Week

February 16, 2014 11:12 pm | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Never mind the fashion: Vivienne Westwood has it down to a T. More importantly, the veteran designer wants to talk about fracking and the floods wreaking havoc in Britain.                      

2nd Leaking Coal Ash Pipe Claimed Safe

February 16, 2014 10:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says a second pipe under a coal ash dump in North Carolina is not in immediate danger of collapse, despite concerns from state regulators that the pipe could fail and trigger another toxic spill into the Dan River.

NC Governor Denies Duke Coal Ash Deal Involvement

February 16, 2014 10:50 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administration's scuttled deal to settle environmental violations at two of the $50 billion company's coal ash dumps for $99,000.

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Congo Oil Exploration Blocked

February 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental organization says it's making progress in its bid to block proposed oil exploration in Africa's oldest national park where 200 gorillas live.                                  

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with t

Coal Ash Spill Investigation Turns Criminal

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge.

A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a shareholders lawsuit filed against BP Alaska in the wake of two oil spills in 2006 on the North Slope that exposed problems with the company's pipeline maintenance program.

Appeals Court Reinstates BP Shareholders' Lawsuit

February 14, 2014 10:31 am | by MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a shareholders lawsuit filed against BP Alaska in the wake of two oil spills in 2006 on the North Slope that exposed problems with the company's pipeline maintenance program.                  

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oilspill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Court Clears The Way For BP Spill Medical Claims

February 14, 2014 1:00 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                

Ice Buildup Caused Slurry Spill In WV

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia creek turned black with 108,000 gallons of coal slurry because of ice buildup on a pipeline, environmental officials said Wednesday.                              

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Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.

Feds Investigate NC Environmental Agency

February 13, 2014 11:48 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.                              

Lawmakers Call For Stronger Oil Spill Response

February 13, 2014 11:46 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent crude oil train catastrophes in North Dakota and Canada show that Minnesota needs to beef up its ability to protect its communities from similar disasters, a pair of lawmakers said Wednesday.                    

Lawsuits Block Vegas Water Pipeline

February 13, 2014 11:43 am | by SANDRA CHEREB, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group and a coalition of rural interests filed separate federal lawsuits Wednesday seeking to block a massive water pipeline that would pump billions of gallons of water from beneath remote valleys along the Nevada-Utah line and ship it to Las Vegas.

NC Pushes For New Coal Ash Cleanup Law

February 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two North Carolina lawmakers say last week's massive coal ash spill on the Dan River was a "wake up call" that Duke Energy should be forced to clean out leaky waste dumps at its power plants.                      

VA Coal Ash Water Deemed 'Acceptable'

February 12, 2014 11:01 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials are reviewing the dozen coal ash ponds in Virginia following a massive spill along the Dan River in North Carolina as water quality tests concluded that treatment plants are effectively removing toxins from public water supplies in Danville and South Boston.

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DNR: MN Mining Laws Will Protect Public

February 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State mining regulators assured legislators on Tuesday that Minnesota laws were strong enough to protect future generations from bankruptcies and cleanup costs from copper mines proposed in northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range.                         

ND Oil Spill Cleanup To Last 2 Years

February 12, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state health official told North Dakota lawmakers that cleanup of massive oil spill in northwestern North Dakota will take at least two more years.                                         

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

With Deal Dumped, Duke Starts Dredging

February 11, 2014 4:17 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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

WV Coal Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

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.

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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