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Colorado seeks delay on Gunnison grouse decision

DENVER — Colorado is asking federal officials to again delay a decision on whether to protect the Gunnison sage grouse, saying voluntary measures could help save the bird. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to announce its decision Wednesday. Protecting the bird would impose restrictions on land use in the bird’s habitat in Colorado and Utah. The decision has ...

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NC fracking rules revisions readied ahead of vote

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has several more days to suggest changes to proposed fracking rules before what panel leaders hope is a swift final discussion and vote. Commission vice chairwoman Amy Pickle said Monday that she is “cautiously optimistic” that the panel will wrap up its final discussion and vote at the Friday meeting ...

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WIPP: More than 60 percent of underground accessible

More than 60 percent of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s underground is now accessible, almost eight months after last year’s incident in February, officials said on Thursday. The overall progress at WIPP was updated during a public meeting, that included Nuclear Waste Partnership officials and representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department. Nuclear Waste Partnership Deputy Recovery Manager Tammy Reynolds ...

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Texas oil boom is tearing up roadways, literally

While the oil boom in the U.S. has impacted the economy enormously, booming areas have also seen some negative effects. Oil traffic has caused serious damage to roads, costing some people their lives. Every day, thousands of 18-wheelers transporting flammable substances and equipment travel across Texas roads that are ill-prepared to handle them.  The roads are cracked, chipped, and extremely ...

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Victim from drilling rig fire dies in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO — Authorities say a worker who suffered burns last month in a South Texas drilling rig fire has died at a San Antonio hospital. KSAT-TV reported Monday that 50-year-old Roel Rodriguez was among five workers injured in the Oct. 24 accident. Officials say fire broke out at the site about 20 miles east of Cotulla (kuh-TOO’-luh) as workers were ...

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Bakken truckers often ‘haul heavy’

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The dump truck rumbled over miles of unpaved roads in the hills just east of the Montana border, past the cattle and grain bins and haystacks, before arriving at the dirt pit. Bill Gore slid his truck onto the scale, inched up in line, and made a curving gesture to the man in the front-end loader. ...

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Bruno Hanson/Midland college environmental excellence award: Fasken takes leadership role in water recycling, reuse

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Water technology flowed through the nominations for the 2014 Bruno Hanson/Midland College Environmental Excellence Award. Eventually members of the advisory committee chosen to select a recipient chose Fasken Oil and Ranch for its efforts to reduce its use of fresh water in its hydraulic fracturing operations by recycling produced water and then turning to brackish water from the Santa Rosa ...

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County council OKs limits on outdoor fires, airport drilling lease

Allegheny County Council voted Wednesday to limit outdoor fires, while approving a gas-drilling lease at the county airport. Under open-burn regulations drafted by the county health department and approved in a 9-4 council vote, non-cooking outdoor fires can only burn clean wood, fuel sources such as fire logs, propane and natural gas. (Charcoal can be used for cooking.) Fires must ...

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Oil spill lawyers to defend themselves at hearing

NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers accused of wrongdoing in the handling of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are expected to testify Friday before a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear from lawyers at the center of a probe into claims of fraud arising from a settlement of civil litigation following the ...

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Pennsylvania DEP revises proposal to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants

The state Department of Environmental Protection has revised a rule it proposed in April to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants that was widely panned by environmental groups and deemed “too lax” by federal environmental regulators. The new proposed final rule, announced by the DEP Wednesday, requires the state’s more than two dozen power plants to install and operate Reasonably ...

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