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LA County: Free Lead Tests for People Near Plant

September 13, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to offer free blood tests for lead poisoning to hundreds of thousands of residents because of worries over toxic pollution from a battery recycling plant, officials said Thursday.

BP Seeks Cuts in Settlement Program's Budget

September 12, 2013 11:50 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.  

Hawaii Molasses Spill Killing Thousands of Fish

September 12, 2013 11:38 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fish are expected to die in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbor and kill marine life, state officials said. Hundreds of fish have been collected so far, the state Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday.


NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules

September 11, 2013 11:34 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission on Tuesday approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.

Contracting Issues Delay Alaskan Oil Well Cleanup

September 11, 2013 11:32 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contracting issues have delayed the start of planned cleanup work around abandoned oil well sites in the Alaska Arctic, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday. The bureau has identified 50 abandoned wells it believes require cleanup.

Pa. Files Criminal Charges Against XTO Energy

September 11, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County. XTO says Tuesday that it will challenge the criminal charges, which the company calls baseless.

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.

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