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CSB Will Investigate Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corporation's Role In Spill

September 19, 2014 10:19 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.                               

Range Resources To Pay $4M Drilling Waste Fine

September 19, 2014 9:58 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy company Range Resources said it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental...

Oil Executive Accused Of Dumping Reaches Plea Deal

September 19, 2014 9:56 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil executive accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a...

Pennsylvania Struggles With Gas Drilling Pollution

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural...

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Oil Company Lawsuit Hits A Roadblock

September 18, 2014 10:17 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A letter from Louisiana's attorney general appears to throw up at least a temporary roadblock for a parish that is considering lawsuits against oil and gas companies over coastal damage.                     

Illinois Delays Decision On Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                                        

Bankruptcy Judge Approves $2.9M WV Spill Settlement

September 18, 2014 9:52 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                                             

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Keeping Critters Out Of Critical Equipment

September 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that must be protected against infestation. 

CMS To Spend $1B To Cut Emissions

September 17, 2014 10:36 am | by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department announced that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.                                         

Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.                           

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Grants Extension On Power Plant Pollution Plan

September 17, 2014 10:02 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.                     

Preventative Maintenance Tips For Water Treatment Equipment

September 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Maree | Articles | Comments

When it comes to water treatment equipment, preventative maintenance is key — because the proper care and upkeep can make the difference between running smoothly and shutting down. Why is preventative maintenance so important? What goes into proper preventative maintenance? Click here for some tips for your water treatment equipment.

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EPA Continues Push For Water Rules

September 16, 2014 10:22 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

WV Spill Hearings Postponed For A Year

September 16, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won't get a hearing for another year.                                     

Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.                                            

Chemical Reform Bill Faces Uphill Senate Battle

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short.

Scientists Discover Radioactive Waste-Eating Bacteria

September 11, 2014 4:01 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, according to researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester.                                              

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Scientists: Ozone Layer Is Recovering

September 11, 2014 9:45 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

In North Carolina, Coal Ash Regulation Is About To Become Law

September 10, 2014 10:40 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he won't sign a new law regulating Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits because he has problems with it, but he will allow the legislation to become law without his signature.                      

Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.          

Judge Hears Arguments On Mining Near The Grand Canyon

September 10, 2014 10:36 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mining industry groups say a ban on the filing of new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon is irresponsible public policy, but the federal government and conservationists say it will protect water flowing through the canyon from potential contamination.

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 10:32 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts more regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, and would threaten farmers' ability to farm their own land.

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.

Judge Worries Freedom Industries Will Abandon WV Spill Site

September 8, 2014 4:08 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge is concerned that a chemical company may abandon the site of a massive January spill without cleaning it up.                                      

After Algae Scare, States Ask EPA For Help

September 8, 2014 10:19 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe even far beyond the Great Lakes.                           

Anti-Fracking Billboards Come Down

September 8, 2014 10:10 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.                       

Fight Erupts Over New England Natural Gas Plan

September 8, 2014 10:06 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans by New England officials to expand natural gas have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.

Fines & Hearings Continue Over Fracking Issues

September 8, 2014 10:04 am | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.                

BP Spill By The Numbers

September 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look by the numbers at the nation's worst offshore oil disaster, which occurred in April 2010 when BP PLC's Macondo well blew, resulting in an explosion and deaths aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon.                

Gulf Of Mexico Residents Hail Ruling Against BP

September 5, 2014 10:08 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.               

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