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BRIEF: Columbia Gas customers warned of scam

Natural-gas customers should be on the lookout for scammers who call and demand immediate payment for allegedly past-due bills, according to Columbia Gas of Ohio. “The scam is apparently targeted at both individual customers as well as small businesses,” the utility said in a statement. “A caller claiming to be from Columbia Gas informs the customer that they owe money ...

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Is the oil boom responsible for spike in HIV cases?

North Dakota has a long-running history for having some of the lowest STD statistics in the United States. But recently, HIV prevention professionals are focusing on the state due to the increasing population as a result of the recent oil boom. According to a recent article published in Healthline News, the Peace Garden State has more than doubled its amount ...

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Adams State to take part in $2.9M grant program

ALAMOSA — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $2.9 million to a partnership including Adams State University that aims to improve science, technology and math education at rural schools. The five-year grant will train teachers in those subject areas to teach at elementary and middle schools at 15 rural school districts in the state. Adams State partnered with the ...

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Proposed oil train regulations receive 145,000+ public comments

The Obama administration has received over 145,000 personal and public comments submitted by citizens groups addressing two proposed rules about the safety of oil trains and the efficacy of emergency response, according to a recent report from EarthJustice. The public commentary was very critical of the proposed Department of Transportation regulations. Interest groups such as EarthJustice, Sierra Club, Oil Change ...

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Penn. man to be sentenced for falsifying abandoned oil well reports

A Pennsylvania man will face sentencing in federal court this December for falsely certifying that he properly plugged abandoned oil wells in the Allegheny National Forest, according to a report by the Great Lakes Echo. Eric Freedman reports: EPA inspectors conducting an inspection test in 2012 discovered that injected fluid had entered the bottom of an abandoned well in Elk ...

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Greene County bridge damaged by too-heavy water truck, police say

It could take weeks for engineers to determine the extent of the damage to a historic Greene County bridge that partially collapsed Sunday when an overweight truck tried to cross it. The county’s chief clerk, Jeffrey Marshall, said engineers are inspecting the Pollocks Mill Bridge and trying to come up with an estimate and time frame for a fix, hoping ...

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Texas A&M experts say U.S. facilities equipped to contain Ebola virus

The Ebola virus that is responsible for more than 3,300 deaths in West Africa made landfall on American soil in Dallas on Monday, but two Texas A&M public health experts said there is no need to panic. Dr. Gerald Parker, Texas A&M Health Science Center vice president for Public Preparedness and Response and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Kawainui Marsh, HI falls victim to illegal oil dumping

Kawainui marsh

Hawaii has announced that a major pumping company illegally dumped oil and other toxic wastes next to the Kawainui Marsh. Hawaiian Pumping Specialists, managed by Dingo Sanchez, has been illegally transporting and dumping oil products next to and in the river of the Kawainui Marsh.  Charles Popke, a former manager of Hawaiian Pumping Specialists, explained how he witnessed Sanchez dumping ...

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Baker Hughes to disclose all fracking fluid components

Starting Wednesday, Baker Hughes plans to disclose “100 percent” of the chemicals contained in the mix it uses in the process of fracturing shale formations and drawing oil and natural gas to the surface. The disclosures for each well will include a single list of all of the chemical constituents of the company’s products used on that well, along with ...

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Wyoming struggles to retain safety inspectors

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is having difficulty retaining safety inspectors, according to a recent report by the Casper Star-Tribune. Wyoming, long considered the most dangerous state to work in, has made hiring additional safety inspectors a priority in an effort to change its record. The efforts, however, have been problematic as the booming oil and gas industry entices ...

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