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Small-town residents brace for environmental battle

Sara Sneath | The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas) NORDHEIM — Two white signs with black lettering that read “Don’t dump on Nordheim” are stuck in a fence along Hohn Road in front of Kevin Styra’s home. In black magic marker, Styra added, “You might win this war, but we’ll win the eternal one,” on the corner of one sign. Directly across ...

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EPA chief defends power plant rule against GOP charges of overreach

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Chris Adams | McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday strongly defended the approach and legitimacy of an Obama administration power plant rule that Republicans attacked as regulatory overreach and Democrats said was vital. In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rule ...

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ODNR to expand well information options

Kalea Hall | The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) COLUMBUS — In effort to provide more information, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be expanding its interactive oil and gas viewer to include production information and violations. “We are really in the preliminary process,” said Mark Bruce, ODNR spokesman. “It is public information, and we feel it is a good addition to ...

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Crews checking for equipment malfunction in Slinger, Wis. train derailment

Don Behm | The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel SLINGER — Railroad crews are checking whether equipment malfunction or another emergency on a Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Co. train might have caused a two-train collision and derailment in the center of the village Sunday, a Wisconsin and Southern spokesman said Monday. The engineer on the company’s northbound train received an emergency alert ...

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U.S. plan to explore for Atlantic oil assailed

James M. O’Neill | The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) The Obama administration took a big step Friday toward reopening the Atlantic coast to exploration for oil and gas _ a move that was attacked by environmentalists and political leaders in New Jersey. On Friday, the federal government approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by ...

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Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude

McClatchy/Tribune SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Tom Blake, like thousands of his neighbors in this coastal town, is used to living alongside the oil industry. Tank farms cluster in neighborhoods, by the park where families watch the movie “Frozen” on a summer night, next to schools and senior citizens apartment buildings. As a child, Blake, the town’s former mayor, used to ...

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Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

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By Josh Wood| Associated Press WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. The lightning-sparked fires ...

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U.S. court revives BP retirement-plan suit filed after oil spill

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David Ingram | Reuters – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which participants in four BP Plc employee retirement savings plans alleged they were deceived into buying and holding BP stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said that a ruling last month from ...

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