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UN Climate Talks Deadlocked

December 15, 2014 10:16 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for a global climate pact expected to be adopted next year in Paris. But even that became complicated as several developing nations rebelled against a draft decision they said blurred the distinction between what rich and poor countries can be expected to do.

Study Estimates Nearly 270,000 Tons of Plastic Floating in World's Oceans

December 11, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. Studying...

Bangladesh Salvages Sunken Tanker as Leaking Oil Threatens Rare Wildlife

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

Bangladesh today retrieved an oil-leaking sunken tanker, two days after it...

Small Number Of Wells Responsible For Most Methane Emissions

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Max B. Baker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram | News | Comments

A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being...

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Drinking From Chemical-Laden Cans May Raise Blood Pressure

December 9, 2014 10:08 am | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

A common coating used in soft drink cans could cause high blood pressure and put heart patients at risk, a new study has warned. The consumption of BPA, a chemical used as an epoxy lining for cans and plastic bottles, has been associated with high blood pressure and heart rate variability. Previous studies have shown that BPA can leach into foods and drinks.

Dangerous, Toxic Chemicals Lie Underground For Decades

December 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Wes Wolfe, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C. | Articles | Comments

Take one look at an old coal and gas energy site and the content filling Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode on CBS doesn’t look shocking. It looks par for the course. Duke Energy, both in the episode segment on the Dan River coal ash spill and in media and politics since the spill, has the spotlight on it for problems with industrial waste pollution.

Coal Ash Spill: A Billion Barrels of Muck

December 9, 2014 9:39 am | by CBS News, 60 Minutes | Videos | Comments

From the archives: A massive coal ash spill turned a Tennessee town into an "apocalyptic moonscape," Lesley Stahl reported in 2009. Is coal ash a hazardous waste or are the risks overstated? The coal industry is pushing for a solution that involves recycling.

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Report Calls For More Study of Pavillion Disposal Pits

December 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by By BENJAMIN STORROW, Star-Tribune staff writer; Casper, Wyo. | News | Comments

Regulators need to study 20 natural gas disposal pits to determine if a link exists between Pavillion's gas field and the area's contaminated drinking water, according to a draft report by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

U.S. Judge: State to Try Suit Against Oil Companies

December 3, 2014 11:12 am | by The Times-Picayune; New Orleans | News | Comments

A federal judge has sent a Plaquemines Parish lawsuit against 19 oil and gas companies back to state court for trial. NOLA.com The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey's ruling sets the stage for the return of 27 others suits to state courts in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.

Mine Dust Continues To Worry Residents

December 1, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A gap in Indiana regulations says that state officials must personally see dust to take action against the mine. Bear Run provides the region with an economic boost of 625 jobs and more than $8 million in tax payments, while supplying a reliable source of cheap energy.

Homeowners Near Detroit Refinery Feel Neglected

December 1, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

Neighborhoods bordering a Marathon oil refinery have been in decline - dealing with abandoned homes, increased crime and the odor, noise and dust that come with living near a refinery. Interstate 75 is nearby, along with a wastewater treatment facility and railroad tracks - all of which have driven down property values.

Court Rejects Appeal In Iowa Pollution Case

December 1, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

The justices have let stand an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that said residents could bring a nuisance lawsuit against Grain Processing Corp., which operates a corn processing plant in Muscatine.           

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Supreme Court Reviewing EPA Mercury Limits

November 26, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Sherman, AP | News | Comments

One judge on the appeals court complained that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs. And the costs are huge, about $9.6 billion a year."

26 Coal Miners Die In Mine Fire

November 26, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in China's Liaoning province. Of those, 30 had serious burns, eight were in intensive care and four were still in danger of dying.

EPA Thinks Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 11:15 am | by Emily Schmall, AP | News | Comments

Regulators said that the largest coal-fired power plants in Texas should invest more than $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, but the state's coal regulator said the plan would increase costs for consumers while doing little for the environment.

Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

November 24, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP | News | Comments

A coalition has filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit by Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co., or let a state court decide the issue. The filing comes after a federal judge ruled that Maui County can't implement the law until arguments against it are settled.

Clariant Reduces Carbon Footprint In Supply Chain By 65 Percent

November 24, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Through supply chain analysis and planning involving their Oil Services business and its regional procurement team, the company partnered with the manufacturer of a subsurface chemical and switch from bulk tanker truck deliveries to intermodal transport.

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Plant's Killer Chemicals Not Mentioned During 911 Call

November 24, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Emergency management officials say it's clear that the response was inadequate and slow, especially given the scope of the disaster. The accident site had been plagued with recurring maintenance problems, and workers lacked quick access to breathing equipment that could have saved them.

Judge Denies Bid To Halt Illinois Fracking Rules

November 24, 2014 9:49 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied a bid by a landowners group to suspend the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show they would suffer immediate harm if the fracking was to go forward.

Report: Bird Needs Buffer From Drilling

November 21, 2014 11:19 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.     

Bhopal Survivors Promised Additional Compensation

November 17, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

The government had claims for 5,295 deaths, 4,902 cases of permanent disability and 42 cases of severe injury relating to the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak. Activists have been calling for 22,917 deaths, 508,432 cases of permanent disability and 33,781 cases of severe injury to be included in the petition.

Judge Sticks To BP Gross Negligence Ruling

November 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence." It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant.         

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries' Remediation Efforts May Be Lightened

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Previous agreements required Freedom to remove all contaminated soil and groundwater. The new agreement leaves that option on the table, but also allows Freedom to apply for the Land Restoration Voluntary Remediation Program. During bankruptcy proceedings company officials have said this program would be less expensive.

29 Deaths Lead To Indictment Of "The Dark Lord Of Coal Country"

November 14, 2014 10:37 am | by John Raby and Allen G. Breed, AP | News | Comments

Don Blankenship has become the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy stemming from the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

A Look At Sustainable Pumping

November 12, 2014 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

Sustainable pumping offers a new approach for the design of conveying systems to help improve overall efficiency and the use of different resources.                                

Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over 20,000 gallons of uranium solution was spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine. In-situ uranium mining involves pumping chemicals underground to release uranium into a solution that is pumped to the surface. No shafts or tunnels are dug underground.

Louisiana Agency Looking To Sue Oil, Gas & Pipeline Companies

November 12, 2014 11:45 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year, arguing that coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.         

Fukushima Cleanup Harassed By Constant Flow Of Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 11:39 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, only a fraction of the workers are focused on dismantling broken reactors or removing radioactive fuel rods. Instead, most are devoted to the constantly increasing amount of contaminated water, which continues to grow due to groundwater entering the reactor buildings.

Pesticide Company Fined $10,000 Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

State officials said that after a similar bee die-off last year, it prohibited the use of certain pesticides on linden trees when bees would be attracted to the flowers, and the company and the applicator should have known about that prohibition.

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