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Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie

MOSCOW — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit ...

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Tanker tumbles over embankment

SHESHEQUIN TOWNSHIP — First responders from multiple municipalities arrived on the scene of a water tanker truck which had careened off the side of the road while traveling down Ghent Hill in Sheshequin Township Monday morning. According to volunteers on scene, the tanker was carrying a load of “brine” water which is used during the hydrofracking process. “Fracking” is done ...

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Texas scientists engage in smog-covered battle

Several scientists are voicing their position that the ozone levels in Texas cities are currently not harmful to human health. The group is led by chief toxicologist of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Michael Honeycutt, and he states that lowering the ozone levels will not benefit human health, but rather have a negative effect.  Honeycutt and his fellow ...

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Ballots are being cast to ban fracking in Denton

Voters in Denton, Texas are casting ballots in the first-ever attempt to ban fracking. Cathy McMullen, a firm supporter and member of Frack Free Denton, explained how the ban isn’t meant to completely ban fracking, but instead the ban is aimed at restricting fracking wells located next to or in neighborhoods.  This means that mineral rights owners would still have ...

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Landfill officials hold open house on efforts to add solidification services in Erie

Considering the town’s recent history, it was hardly surprising that concerns about waste from oil and gas development were front and center at an open house held Monday by officials with Erie’s Front Range Landfill. The landfill is seeking to get permission from town leadership to build a liquid waste solidification facility on its existing grounds located at 1830 Weld ...

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Spill reports for Oct. 20

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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US steps up response as Ebola worries grow

WASHINGTON — The revelation that a second Dallas nurse who is ill with Ebola was cleared to fly the day before her diagnosis raised new alarms as leaders of the nation’s public health system prepared to defend their efforts to contain the deadly virus before a congressional hearing Thursday. President Barack Obama directed his administration to respond in a “much ...

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Oil spills near Watford City, Tioga spill cleanup continues

An oil spill was reported near Watford City last week. Attributed to a wellhead mechanical error, an estimated 300 barrels of oil and water was released at the site. The spill has been contained as of Friday. XTO Energy owns the well, the Loomer 41X-4C. It was also reported that Methane gas is leaking from the site. The Oil and ...

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Sunoco pipeline spills 4,000 barrels of crude in Caddo Parish

A major oil spill in Caddo Parish has already had a lethal impact on the surrounding environment, according to Vicki Welborn for The Advertiser. The spill, discovered last Monday, will have cleanup crews on the site for what could be months to come. The crude oil leaked from a Mid-Valley pipeline—which runs 1,000 miles from Texas to Michigan—in the Tete ...

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