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Behind The Lens of 5 Iconic AP Photos of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Coverage of the BP oil spill back in 2010 began as a sprint, trying to find out who had been hurt in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and how bad the leak might get. It turned into a marathon as at least 134 million gallons of crude spewed from the well over 87 days.

Secrecy Shrouds Decade-old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

April 17, 2015 10:35 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and JEFF DONN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight...

Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the state's Department of Environmental Quality collected water samples from...

The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island

April 16, 2015 4:54 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater...

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Arizona Puts an End to Local Bans on Plastic Bags

April 16, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill also bans local governments from requiring businesses to disclose their energy consumption.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

Dirty Deeds: $500 Reward Issued in Maine Diaper Dumper Case

April 16, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In addition to the waste, the diapers contain chemicals that could be harmful to fish and wildlife.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.

Health Advocates, Agribusiness Continue to Spar Over Weed Killer

April 15, 2015 4:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Officials long considered glyphosate to be safer than most other pesticide options, and the recent WHO classification places the chemical in the same category of concern as working overnight shifts or at a hair salon.

Regulators Increase Distance Needed Between Homes, Drilling

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Petroleum Association of Wyoming supported 500 feet as an acceptable distance, even though the increase could limit options for locating wells.

House OKs Bill to Increase Tax on Oil Shipped Through State

April 15, 2015 9:38 am | by DERRICK NUNNALLY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state House on Tuesday passed its version of a bill to impose new safety regulations on the increasing amount of oil that is shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline.

Revisit The BP Oil Spill, 5 Years Later

April 14, 2015 3:44 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Remnants remain five years after a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people.

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The State Of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 11:22 am | by Industrial Maintenance And Plant Operations | News | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

Audit Finds Problems in Pipe Oversight After Deadly Blast

April 14, 2015 11:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

Texas Residents Worried Dioxin Could be Causing Cancer Cluster

April 14, 2015 9:49 am | by SUSAN CARROLL, Houston Chronicle | Articles | Comments

A cancer cluster investigation had found elevations of childhood eye and brain stem cancer of a "sufficient magnitude to warrant further investigation," a lead epidemiologist wrote.

2nd Major Gas Pipeline Would Link Pennsylvania, Northeast

April 13, 2015 11:28 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

Pics of The Day: Oil Spill in Vancouver

April 10, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil spill in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday has unleashed toxic sludge into the English Bay.

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European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 5:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

Pipeline That Leaked Into Montana River Was Split at Weld

April 9, 2015 4:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding.

Scientists Seek Source of Giant Methane Mass Over Southwest

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

California Regulator: State's Utility "Too Big" For Safety?

April 9, 2015 10:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

China's 'Hell on Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 8, 2015 5:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

 A network of pipes relentlessly pumps toxic runoff into a man-made lake of "sludge."

Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

Shell Seeks Order to Remove Protesters From Arctic drill Rig

April 8, 2015 10:48 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific.

State Testing Water After Northeast Ohio Chemical Spill

April 8, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents in northeast Ohio are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their water is safe to drink following a chemical spill at an injection well facility.

Is Fracking Responsible For Earthquakes In Oklahoma?

April 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

As the earthquakes in Oklahoma increase, the debate over the link between seismic activity and fracking rages on.

5 Years After BP Spill, Industry Touts Ability to Respond

April 7, 2015 4:58 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil companies say they can clean up offshore spills far faster today than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out 45 miles (72 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

US Probes Pesticide Poisoning That Sickened Family in USVI

April 7, 2015 4:54 pm | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. authorities have determined that the highly toxic pesticide methyl bromide caused a Delaware family to become seriously ill at a U.S. Virgin Islands resort, and that the chemical was used at the resort several times in the past year.

Greenpeace Group Boards Arctic Offshore Drill Rig in Pacific

April 7, 2015 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board.

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