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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.

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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.                                 

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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.

NM Sets Nuclear Waste Deadline

March 4, 2014 10:31 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at the repository.

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.

Leak Concerns Arise At Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility

March 3, 2014 11:14 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.                       

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Keystone Protesters Arrested At The White House

March 3, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are two 20-inch pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. The pipes were laid in 1953 and they've never leaked, but a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up p

Buried Great Lakes Pipelines Raise Spill Fears

March 3, 2014 10:37 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. Although they've never leaked, a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up production elsewhere boosts the amount of oil coursing through pipelines.

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Greener Chemistry Soon To Be A Reality In California

March 3, 2014 6:02 am | by Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON | Articles | Comments

The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.

At sites across the country, coal ash dumped decades ago is dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products. In Wisconsin, for example, the utility We Energies is recycling ash for use in an interstate construction project.

States Rush To Recycle Their Coal Ash

February 28, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of recent spills, coal ash dumped decades ago across the country is being dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products.                            

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornersto

Radiation Leak Raises Questions About Nuclear Cleanup Nationwide

February 28, 2014 10:49 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornerstone of the Department of Energy's $5-billion-a-year program for cleaning up legacy waste scattered across the country.

Fight Over 'Big Oil" Bill Heats Up

February 28, 2014 10:28 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands announced plans to fight legislation they say could undermine not only the lawsuit, but the political independence of the board.

WI Eases Up On Sand Mine Regulations

February 27, 2014 11:16 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Republican state senator has stepped back from his plans to curtail local sand mine regulations, introducing a bill Wednesday that would shield existing mines from new restrictions but allow municipalities to impose regulations on new operations.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.

CO Governor Touts Air Pollution Rules But Won't Curb Drilling

February 26, 2014 10:48 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.

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 Energy Forced To Move Away From River

February 26, 2014 10:36 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say they may force Duke Energy to move a pair of leaky coal ash dumps, more than three weeks after a massive spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

Researchers Conclude Coal Ash Spill Totaled 35M Gallons

February 26, 2014 10:32 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Creditors Question Freedom Industries In Court

February 26, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Residents Question Safety After Nuclear Waste Leak

February 25, 2014 10:31 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil from a barge.

Mississippi Reopens After Spill

February 25, 2014 10:05 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.                          

Contentious Mining Regulations Hit Maine Statehouse

February 25, 2014 10:03 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed overhaul of Maine's mining regulations made its way to state lawmakers on Monday as supporters and critics remain deeply divided over whether expanded metallic mining is the answer to Maine's economic problems or will result in the demise of the natural resources that make the state special.

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