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Ark. Asks ExxonMobil to Move Pipeline Near Water Supply

April 12, 2013 10:43 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with an Arkansas water supplier approved a measure Thursday asking ExxonMobil for a plan to move an oil pipeline away from an area that drains into the main source of drinking water for Little Rock and several other communities.

Ark. Residents Begin to Return Home After Oil Spill

April 12, 2013 10:20 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some people whose homes were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas could go home as early as Thursday. Authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in Mayflower after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil.

Ark. AG: Oil Pipeline Gash 22 Feet Long

April 11, 2013 11:17 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press | News | Comments

An ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured on March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas has a gash in it that is 22 feet long and 2 inches wide, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday, calling the rupture "substantially larger than many of us initially thought."


Feds Take Steps Toward Reopening San Onofre Nuke Plant

April 11, 2013 11:09 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A preliminary ruling from Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff signaled Wednesday that running California's San Onofre nuclear power plant at reduced power would not pose a significant safety risk — a key step toward a possible restart of one of the idled reactors.

Keystone XL Opponents Circulate Petition

April 11, 2013 11:01 am | News | Comments

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are circulating a petition to try to halt the project. The group Bold Nebraska sent out an email Wednesday, urging its supporters to sign an online petition that would ask President Barack Obama to deny federal approval.

Groups Clamor for ‘Safer’ Chemicals

April 11, 2013 9:04 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

A group of nearly 450 organizations ranging from environmental groups to labor organizations to health care providers and other businesses have joined forces to pressuring retailers to drop products containing chemicals that the coalition has deemed unsafe.

Alert to Congress: Nuclear Evacuation Plan Flawed

April 10, 2013 10:49 am | by JEFF DONN, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A new government report challenges a pillar of planning for disasters at American nuclear power plants, finding that people living beyond the official 10-mile evacuation zone might be so frightened by the prospect of spreading radiation that they would flee of their own accord, clog roads and delay the escape of others.

Japan's Ongoing Nuclear Problems Raise Concerns

April 10, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Recent problems at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant are highlighting its precarious state two years after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Regulators say the plant, which relies on makeshift cooling systems for its broken reactors, remains highly vulnerable.


Jury Orders Exxon Mobil To Pay $236M in Contamination Case

April 10, 2013 10:39 am | by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An order for Exxon Mobil to pay $236 million in damages for groundwater contamination in New Hampshire is by far the largest verdict in state history but represents only about two days' worth of profit for the energy company, an industry analyst said.

BP Exec: Safety Was Top Priority Before Blast

April 10, 2013 10:35 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A BP executive who oversaw the company's Gulf of Mexico operations testified Tuesday that he he led a push to improve safety when he started the job more than two years before an April 2010 rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Area Contaminated by Natural Gas Leak Grows

April 10, 2013 10:33 am | News | Comments

State officials say liquid hydrocarbons that have been seeping into the ground at a western Colorado gas field have affected a larger area than initially believed. Energy workers discovered contaminated soil and groundwater about a month ago near the Williams gas processing facility in Parachute.

More Radioactive Water Leaking at Fukushima

April 9, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant says it has detected a fresh leak of radioactive water from one of the facility's storage tanks. TEPCO said Tuesday that the latest leak involves a tank that was being used to take water from one of the two that were leaking.

MSHA Says 2012 Safest Year on Record in U.S. Mines

April 9, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Federal mining regulators say 2012 had the lowest injury and fatality rates on record. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the number of U.S. mines fell by about 120 last year, but the number of miners working was actually up by about 6,500.


Feds Review Deadly Entergy Accident

April 9, 2013 10:16 am | News | Comments

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a team of inspectors to Entergy Corp.'s Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville to review an accident that killed one worker and injured eight others. The accident occurred March 31 when a 550-ton piece of equipment fell as a lifting rig collapsed.

Lawyers: Exxon Mobil Ignored Warnings on Gas Additive

April 8, 2013 3:58 pm | by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire say Exxon Mobil was more interested in its profits and not the environment in adding MTBE to its gasoline. Jurors in New Hampshire's longest running state trial are hearing from both sides as they edge closer to a decision in the groundwater contamination case.

7 Workers Die Inside Brewery Tank

April 8, 2013 10:01 am | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico City authorities say seven workers died while cleaning a tank at a Grupo Modelo brewery in Mexico City. A spokeswoman for city prosecutors says the accident occurred early Sunday and that investigators are looking into whether the workers died from inhaling toxic fumes.

Trial Begins Over Labeling Lead in Baby Food

April 8, 2013 9:58 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest baby food makers face a lawsuit by an environmental group aimed at forcing them to alert consumers that some products contains low amounts of lead. The case scheduled for trial Monday will determine whether they should put warning labels on such products sold in California.

Japan Experts Say New Nuclear Safety Plan Too Lax

April 8, 2013 9:56 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts who investigated Japan's nuclear crisis said Monday that a watchdog's oversight of the crippled plant's operator is still too lax, amid renewed public fear over a recent spate of safety problems.The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been plagued with glitches.

OSHA Fines Refinery $281K After Boiler Explosion

April 5, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

A southern Oklahoma refinery faces $281,000 in fines after a boiler explosion killed two workers last year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines Thursday against the Wynnewood Refining Co. Employees Billy Smith and Russell Mann died Sept. 28 when a large boiler exploded at the refinery.

Coal Plant Explosion Under Investigation

April 5, 2013 10:28 am | News | Comments

No one was seriously hurt in an explosion Thursday afternoon at a coal-fired power plant roughly 50 miles northwest of Atlanta, utility officials said.The explosion happened at Unit 2 of Plant Bowen while it was offline for maintenance work.

Exxon Crews Recover 19K Barrels of Oil in Ark.

April 5, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

An Exxon Mobil Corp. spokeswoman says crews have recovered about 19,000 barrels of oil and water since a pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas last week. That number from spokeswoman Kim Jordan is up from an estimated 12,000 barrels of water and oil that the company had previously cited.

Power Restored to Japan Nuke Plant After Month's 2nd Outage

April 5, 2013 10:15 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Power was restored Friday to a cooling system at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in Japan that failed for the second time in a month after an outage caused by construction work to keep out rats suspected of setting off the earlier blackout.

Prepare For Disaster (And Keep Downtime To A Minimum)

April 5, 2013 9:53 am | by Christopher Cooley, VP of Product Management, SunGard AS | Articles | Comments

Any number of events can risk a manufacturer’s business continuity, including data corruption, system failure, loss of a datacenter or facility and human error. Here are several things manufacturers can do on the disaster preparedness front that can keep downtime to a minimum should the unexpected occur:

Utility: Lansing Oil Spill Mostly Cleaned Up

April 4, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

A utility has cleaned up most of the about 300 to 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled from a Lansing power plant and left a sheen on the Grand River, officials said. Lansing Board of Water and Light's General Manager Peter Lark expects oil-absorbent booms to be in place at least through the weekend

June 1 Restart for Shuttered Nuke Plant Could Be out of Reach

April 4, 2013 10:32 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives for the company that operates the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant sketched a future Wednesday in which one of the twin reactors restarts by summer then produces electricity after an on-off trial period for possibly years to come.

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