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Great Falls Refinery Hit with OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

BP Ordered to Pay Settlement Administrator $130M

August 8, 2013 10:38 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbie on Wednesday ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

Dead Miners' Families Demand $1.5M Each in Promised Settlement

August 8, 2013 10:13 am | by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources has yet to pay them each $1.5 million as promised under a settlement with the federal government. But Alpha said Wednesday it has "fully complied" with the deal.

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UMWA, Rockefeller Call for Action on Black Lung

August 7, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America has joined Sen. Jay Rockefeller in criticizing the administration for its failure to enact regulations that could curb the rise of black lung disease. Union President Cecil Roberts said the disease is preventable and current coal-dust standards put miners at unnecessary risk every day.

Japan Gov't to Help Stop Radioactive Water Leaks

August 7, 2013 10:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government said Wednesday that it would step in and take "firm measures" to tackle contaminated water leaks at the country's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar project to fix the problem.

Coal Miner Killed in Eastern Ky., 2 More Injured

August 7, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

A coal miner has been killed and two more injured in an apparent wall collapse in an underground eastern Kentucky mine. State officials said the workers were inside a Harlan County mine operating a continuous miner machine Tuesday and became trapped when a wall apparently collapsed.

Judge Intervenes as BP Balks at Paying Claims Czar

August 7, 2013 10:09 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal magistrate has set a Wednesday hearing for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

BP Balks at Paying Claims Administrator

August 7, 2013 10:02 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is balking at paying more than $130 million in administrative fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the 2010 oil spill, claiming the settlement program has been plagued by poor productivity and excessive costs.

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BP Alleges Fraud in Gulf Spill Payouts

August 7, 2013 9:47 am | by Yahoo! Business | Videos | Comments

BP has announced it has found evidence of fraudulent claims in the program set up to manage claims associated with the massive oil spill that resulted from the explosion of the company's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010. The company was fined $29 million and ordered to repay losses seen by business owners impacted by the spill.

Crews Work to Clear Derailed Train in Louisiana

August 6, 2013 10:17 am | News | Comments

Crews began replacing about 1,800 feet of track on Monday around the site of a derailed train that leaked a corrosive chemical and forced the evacuation of about 100 south Louisiana homes. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday near Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

Calif. Examines Firm Behind Dangerous Demolition

August 6, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

State officials are investigating whether the company that handled the demolition of a Central California power plant broke any regulations. Five spectators were injured when pieces of shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 during the plant's demolition in Bakersfield.

BP Cites New Fraud Allegations in Spill Settlement

August 6, 2013 10:12 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP said Monday that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents for damage from the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Radioactive Water Threatens Overflow at Failed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

August 6, 2013 10:11 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. The company said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.

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NZ Milk Scare Dents China Belief in Foreign Brands

August 6, 2013 10:05 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A botulism scare has soured China's taste for New Zealand milk powder that amassed big sales on a reputation for purity, but consumers even more wary of their own country's dairy industry likely won't eschew the foreign product for long.

Cleanup Underway at Derailment Site in Louisiana

August 5, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

About 100 homes remained evacuated Monday as officials worked to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. One damaged car was carrying the extremely flammable vinyl chloride.

Ala. Nuclear Plant Ends Alert Over CO2 Leak

August 5, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

A carbon dioxide leak prompted an Alabama nuclear plant to declare a five-hour alert on Saturday, though federal authorities said the incident did not threaten the public. The carbon dioxide leak was detected around 5:20 a.m. The utility ended the alert at 11:10 a.m.

Energy Giant Slammed for Oil Spill in Thai Sea

August 1, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

Critics on Thursday slammed Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a popular tourist island, as cleanup operations continued for a sixth day. The incident is the company's fourth major oil spill in Thailand.

Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 10:36 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Obama, in an executive order announced Thursday, specifically tasks agencies with examining new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

Official: Nothing Criminal in Propane Explosion

August 1, 2013 10:27 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators trying to determine what caused a series of explosions at a central Florida propane plant said Wednesday they've uncovered nothing that indicates a crime was committed. Investigators have interviewed some workers who were at the plant when a fireball erupted in a lot outside the plant's two warehouses.

Halliburton to Plead Guilty in Gulf Oil Spill

August 1, 2013 10:16 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge.

W. Va. Residents Sue Over 2012 Pipeline Blast

July 31, 2013 3:35 pm | News | Comments

NiSource and a subsidiary are being sued by several residents of Sissonville, W. Va., over a natural gas pipeline explosion. The residents filed seven separate lawsuits against NiSource, Columbia Gas Transmission and several employees connected to the December 2012 rupture.

U.S. Mine Fatalities Down Slightly from 2012

July 31, 2013 3:32 pm | News | Comments

According to federal mine safety regulators with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 18 miners miners have been killed on the job nationwide so far this year. That number is down slightly from the 19 fatalities documented through the first half of 2012.

La. Explosives Company Officials Plead Not Guilty

July 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that lead to the evacuation of a nearby small town.

Blowout Could Tip Regulator Focus to Shallow-Water

July 31, 2013 3:27 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited.

Examining One of History's Deadliest Explosions

July 31, 2013 12:29 pm | by Travel Channel | Videos | Comments

The Travel Channel looks back at the deadliest explosion in U.S. history. One hundred people were killed in the initial explosion of a freighter in Texas City in 1947. When the fire spreads, igniting a nearby vessel, things get much worse.

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