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Pa. Board Drafts New Gas Drilling Rules

August 29, 2013 8:06 am | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection says in a Tuesday release that it's recommending a 60-day public comment period regulations covering the oil and gas industry, with at least six public hearings across the state to get as much input as possible.

Fukushima Crisis New Blow to Fishermen's Hopes

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the last 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do but catch fish for radiation testing. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima coast.

Japan: Nuke Plant Operator Found Leak Too Slowly

August 28, 2013 9:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.

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Miss. Nuclear Waste Plan Sparks Early Opposition

August 27, 2013 10:08 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Energy Institute is pushing for more exploration of storing and reprocessing used nuclear fuel in the state at the same time that one of the its congressmen is coming out against it. Leaders of the institute, which promotes energy development, pitched ideas Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee.

Internal Probe: No Fraud at BP Claims Center in AL

August 27, 2013 10:06 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud.

LC Port Approves Agreement with Clean Energy

August 27, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The board of Port of Lake Charles, La., has approved an operating agreement with Lake Charles Clean Energy for the handling and storage of methanol — a major step in bringing the $2.6-billion project forward. Port officials said Monday the new submission will allow the product to be exported.

NJ Nuclear Reactor Back Up After Leak Repaired

August 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A nuclear reactor in southern New Jersey resumed operations Saturday after crews repaired a leak in the containment building that was discovered two days earlier. Regulators say the spill was confined to the containment building, and there was never a threat to the public or workers.

Japan Official Vows Help in Resolving Nuke Crisis

August 26, 2013 10:59 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industry minister pledged urgent government action Monday to curb leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. He said lax maintenance by the plant's operator was largely to blame for the series of leaks from storage tanks at the plant.

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Comments Pan Ocean Gas Terminal Planned for NJ, NY

August 23, 2013 10:12 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the deadline for comments on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal called Port Ambrose off the New Jersey and New York coasts was ending Thursday night, public comments on the proposal were running 1,000-to-1 against the plan.  

ND Makes List of Sites Threatened by Oil Drilling

August 23, 2013 10:00 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Roadless tracts of grasslands, numerous parks, wildlife areas and North Dakota's highest peak at White Butte are among 40 sites in the western part of the state that have been nominated for increased protection from oil drilling.  

Radioactive Groundwater Under Fukushima Nears Sea

August 23, 2013 9:57 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea. 

Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.

Opponents of Proposed Tucson Copper Mine File Suit

August 22, 2013 8:43 am | News | Comments

Opponents of the proposed copper mine near Tucson have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state decision awarding a groundwater protection permit, which allows the Rosemont Copper Co. to discharge materials using the best available technology to keep pollutants from groundwater.

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Japan Nuke Watchdog May Raise Leak to 'Serious'

August 21, 2013 9:36 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident."

Puerto Rico to Build $54M Water Treatment Plant

August 21, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor says construction has started on a $54 million water treatment plant that will serve the U.S. territory's central eastern region. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the plant will filter 7 million gallons of water a day and begin operating in September 2016.

Greenpeace Denied Entry to Russian Arctic Oil Site

August 21, 2013 9:29 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia has blocked a Greenpeace ship from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to protest against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil, citing questions over the vessel's ice strengthening.

Pollution Lawsuit Against Pa. Plant Is Revived

August 21, 2013 9:25 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.

NY Gov. Won't Join Obama at Fracking Hotbed Sites

August 20, 2013 10:25 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will avoid a potentially dicey political conflict by not accompanying President Barack Obama to parts of upstate New York roiled over the state's ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Obama supports the technology as an economic windfall that helps make the country more energy independent.

Waste Management Company Target of Illegal Dumping Probe

August 20, 2013 10:19 am | News | Comments

Rhode Island environmental officials are investigating whether the Baltimore-based Synagro Technologies waste management company illegally dumped 390,000 pounds of dried sludge at the Central Landfill during a three-day period last month.

Radioactive Water Leaks at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.

NC Files More Lawsuits Against Duke Energy

August 19, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

The state of North Carolina has filed additional lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to force the utility to address water pollution coming from coal ash at 12 power plants, expanding the litigation to cover all the company's coal-fired plants in the state.

Vt. GOP Leader Hits Democrats Over Nuclear Plant

August 19, 2013 10:00 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two days after a federal appeals court ruled against the state, the chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, Jack Lindley, attacked Attorney General Bill Sorrell and his fellow Democrats over their efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Discussion of Oil & Gas Suit Dominates Flood Board Meeting

August 15, 2013 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

Calif. Coastal Panel Takes up Offshore Fracking

August 15, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

California regulators on Thursday were set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s. The California Coastal Commission added the issue at the last minute to its agenda during its monthly meeting.

Wyoming Panel OKs Flaring at Chesapeake Oil Wells

August 15, 2013 8:29 am | News | Comments

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s request to burn off natural gas from five oil wells north of Douglas, while lamenting there isn't a pipeline in the area to take the natural gas to market.

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