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Commission Plans Study of Great Lakes Oil Shipment

September 10, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

During its annual meeting Monday in Milwaukee, the Great Lakes Commission instructed its staff to conduct a 1-year study of the environmental and economic implications of plans to move more oil over and around the lakes by pipeline, rail cars and ships.

Conn. Regulators Begin Review of Massive Gas Plan

September 10, 2013 10:51 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Connecticut regulators were set to begin a week-long series of hearings to determine who will pay for an ambitious multimillion-dollar plan by the state's three utilities to connect about 280,000 new customers to natural gas. The first hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

General Backs Lawsuit Against Oil Companies

September 10, 2013 10:47 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, endorses a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority against oil and gas companies for loss of wetlands that shelter New Orleans from hurricanes.


Romanian PM: No Support for Gold Mine

September 9, 2013 10:13 am | News | Comments

Romania's prime minister, Victor Ponta, says Parliament will not support a Canadian gold mine that has drawn mass protests this week over the use of cyanide in the extraction process. The Prime Minister said he would seek other ways to find jobs in the struggling region.

Shell to Negotiate with Nigerians Over Oil Spill

September 9, 2013 10:10 am | by CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell officials on Monday began talks in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives from the Bodo community. The groups discussed compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria's history.

Demand, Supply, Accidents

September 9, 2013 9:40 am | by Animal Planet | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters, discusses how, in his view, rising demand for petroleum drives oil drilling companies to increasingly risky places, endangering the lives of animals by disrupting the ecosystem.  

BP, Feds Offer Dueling Gulf Spill Estimates

September 6, 2013 10:14 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

Judge Will Hear Trial over Michigan Power Plant

September 6, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

federal judge in Kalamazoo says he's consolidating two environmental lawsuits into one trial over the operation of a coal-fired power plant in Holland, Mich. Attempts to settle the litigation with the help of mediation have failed.   


SKorea Bans Fish from NE Japan on Radiation Fears

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by EUN-YOUNG JEONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea announced Friday that it was banning all fish imports from along Japan's northeastern coast because of what officials called growing public worry over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Deal Reached with Asbestos Mine Owner

September 6, 2013 9:57 am | News | Comments

The Vermont attorney general's office says the state has filed a settlement agreement with the former owner of a defunct asbestos mine over cleanup of the site in Eden and Lowell. The state will recover some past expenses from mitigation work done at the site.

Millennials’ Frugal and Green Lifestyles Raise the Bar for Brands

September 6, 2013 9:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Appearances can be deceiving. Millennials represent the fastest-growing segment of luxury goods and services purchasers, according to a recent study by American Express. Yet they are also giving rise to a new lifestyle that can be characterized in two words: frugal and green.

Japan's Radioactive Water Leaks: How Dangerous?

September 4, 2013 10:43 am | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years,

Japan Invests In Ice Wall To Halt Reactor Leaks

September 3, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

The Japanese government has announced that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won't be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses the host of the 2020 Olympics.


Alloy Plant Faces Quarter-Million Dollar Fine

September 3, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Special Metals' alloy plant in Huntington, WV could face $254,000 in city fines for alleged sewer and industrial waste discharge violations. The proposed fines include $200,000 for failing to address nine unspecified violations between 2003 and February 2013.

Federal Agency: Fracking Liquids Harmed Fish

August 29, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish and Wildlife Service says a spill of hydraulic fracturing fluids is believed to be the cause of a die-off of Blackside dace that lived in the Acorn Fork, a small creek in Knox County. 

Jindal Opposes Suit Against Oil Industry, Groups Question Campaign Donations

August 29, 2013 10:19 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of environmental and public interest organizations said Wednesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal's staunch opposition to a lawsuit against scores of oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal erosion is motivated by more than $1 million he has received over the years in contributions from the oil industry.

Japan Regulator Urges Monitoring of Fukushima Sea

August 29, 2013 10:14 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country's wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.   

EPA Sued for Scrapping Livestock Data Collection

August 29, 2013 10:02 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental and animal welfare groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, alleging the federal agency unlawfully scrapped a rule that would have authorized it to collect information from large-scale livestock confinement farms.

Sheen Seen on River Near Delaware City Refinery

August 29, 2013 8:14 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Doctors Ask Texas to Cut Coal Plant Air Pollution

August 29, 2013 8:12 am | News | Comments

The Dallas County Medical Society filed a petition Wednesday asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants by strengthening rules and requiring equipment upgrades in older facilities.

Proposed N.M. Mining Rules Under Fire

August 29, 2013 8:10 am | by STACI MATLOCK, The New Mexican | News | Comments

A state water quality commission will soon vote on a proposed copper mining rule that some experts say violates state law, could upend New Mexico's long efforts to protect groundwater and would give other industries in the state a loophole to pollute aquifers.

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.

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.

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