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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

fracking, water supply, Marcellus Shale

The publicly funded and independent watchdog press Public Herald recently published the results of a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania that it says reveals “widespread and systemic impacts related to ‘fracking’.” The Herald first filed a request for records of complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. The DEP declined to release the complaints, telling the Herald ...

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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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Aliso Canyon blowout causes safety concerns

Aliso Canyon

A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. Read more here… After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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I never used to believe testimonials until I became one

spray foam insulation

As an industrial writer, I run across case studies and case histories for companies I work with all the time. Most of the time I take those with a grain of salt, figuring a company isn’t going to tout a case study when their product didn’t work. So I was intrigued when I was asked to write a story about ...

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In ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ an ecological disaster’s human toll

Deepwater Horizon, Mike Williams, Mark Wahlberg

TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else. “My 11 brothers that got killed were immediately forgotten,” Williams said, speaking from his Sulphur Springs, Texas, ...

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Pipeline will soon reopen, carrying gasoline to 5 states

natural gas pipeline, pipeline spill

ATLANTA (AP) — Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500-foot (152-meter) section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, ...

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The Latest: Agency: Leak led to vapors in air, dead animals

Alabama pipeline spill, fuel shortage

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the gas shortage caused by a pipeline spill (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Federal officials say highly flammable vapors keep investigators from the site of a gas leak for the first few days after it was discovered. The pipeline leak in Alabama has led to gas shortages across the South. Harmful chemicals in the ...

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Fed judge to decide whether climate change lawsuit proceeds

American flag, pipeline protest

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, is considering arguments about whether a lawsuit brought by a group of children and a leading climate scientist can go forward. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleges that the federal government has known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution causes climate change, but it has failed to implement plans to ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

coal miner, coal mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down for the second time in roughly three weeks following a mechanical issue at the Plymouth plant. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel. Water is pumped into the reactor ...

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