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Air Quality Deemed Safe After Oil Supply Plant Fire

July 23, 2014 4:51 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said Wednesday.                            

Flaws Found In Gas Drilling Regulation

July 22, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's state auditor general released a performance audit report saying the Department...

Opponents Petition To Halt Vermont Pipeline Construction

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction...

Lawsuit Expected After Tar Sands Oil Ban

July 22, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the...

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Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.           

Maine City Vote Bans Tar Sands Oil

July 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city.                 

Michigan Steel Plant Sued Over Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 10:23 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.                   

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Kentucky Coal Plant Plans Carbon Dioxide Project

July 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky elected officials and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy will visit a central Kentucky coal power plant to tout a project that will capture and store carbon dioxide emissions.                        

Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

July 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. 

Vote Set To Ban Tar Sands Oil In Maine

July 21, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The vote will take place on Monday night. The city's planning board voted 6-1 last week to recommend the council approve the proposal. Nearly 500 people attended the council's first vote on the subject.                     

Refinery Loses Legal Challenge Over Water Cleanup

July 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery's closure.                    

Train Collision Spills Thousands Of Gallons Of Diesel Oil

July 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.            

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Duke Done Dredging Coal Ash

July 17, 2014 4:20 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River following a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant.                                        

Obama's Second-In-Command At EPA Resigns

July 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the resignation of Bob Perciasepe (pur-cha-SEP'-ee). He was appointed deputy administrator in 2009 as the Obama administration tapped the EPA to tackle pollution blamed for global warming.

CSB Finds Holes In Freedom Industry Tanks

July 17, 2014 10:37 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.                      

New Gas Lines, Less Gas Leaks

July 17, 2014 10:25 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

Australia Repeals Much-Maligned Carbon Tax

July 17, 2014 10:21 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.                       

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Minnesota Power Reaches Coal Plant Deal

July 17, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company will install technology to help settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to get permits and installing less-than-best pollution control technology at its plants.                            

Florida Sues Oil Company For Everglades Violations

July 17, 2014 10:14 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida's environmental agency says it is suing a Texas oil company for violating state drilling regulations at a well near the Everglades.                                  

Banning Old Oil Train Cars

July 16, 2014 10:43 am | by PHUONG LE, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency's own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard.

California Gets Tough On Refineries

July 16, 2014 10:38 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is coming to one of the nation's largest petroleum-producing areas to hold public hearings on a proposal aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from California to Texas through tough new controls on oil refineries.  

Power Plant Fuel Leak Threatens River

July 16, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Polish officials say a malfunction at a coal power plant has caused a leakage of fuel, and emergency officials are working to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River.              

Texas City Rejects Fracking Ban

July 16, 2014 10:10 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Court Dismisses Challenges To NY Fracking Review

July 15, 2014 10:03 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

The Link Between Injection Wells & Earthquakes

July 15, 2014 10:00 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.  

Reservation Residents Deal With Spill Aftermath

July 14, 2014 10:21 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many Native Americans on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — land that accounts for 300,000 of the 1 million barrels of oil produced by North Dakota — there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity that development can bring and the preservation of a land considered to be sacred. That dilemma has been brought to the fore since 1 million gallons of saltwater spewed from an underground pipeline.

Concerns Arise Over Returning Treated Water To Rivers

July 14, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental activists in East Tennessee are opposing a plan that calls for taking water from the Nolichucky River for use by a Greene County industrial chemical plant and then returning the treated water to the river.                       

Addressing Fracking Health Impacts In Pennsylvania

July 14, 2014 9:50 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.                                 

Pipeline Breach Renews Call For More Monitoring

July 14, 2014 9:47 am | by JOSH WOOD, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.                                  

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