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Sunoco oil pipeline leaks in Ohio nature preserve

Miami River

Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:28pm EDT By Edward McAllister March 18 (Reuters) – A major oil pipeline owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners LP leaked thousands of gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio late on Monday. Between 7,000 and 10,000 gallons (26,000-38,000 liters) of sweet crude leaked into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve about a quarter ...

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Environmental regulators investigate pipeline discharge release

Alan Hughes

Release of brine probed A pipeline interchange in Susquehanna County released brine that appeared to leave a copper-colored dust over land owned by the Loomis Lake Association. The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the release, which affected about 200 square yards of ground in Harford Twp., according to the agency. Williams hired Environmental Products and Services to clean ...

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Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds in Chatham County under scrutiny


RALEIGH — State environmental regulators are investigating whether Duke Energy has been pumping toxic coal-ash wastewater into the Cape Fear River in Chatham County. Officials with the Charlotte-based utility deny any wrongdoing and say workers have been lowering the level of two ponds at the closed plant to conduct routine maintenance. Such pumping is allowed so long as the utility ...

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High-tech power plant is $5 billion bet on future of coal

Mississippi coal

DE KALB, Miss. Looming like a spaceship over pine and sweet-gum forest, the high-tech power plant under construction in rural Kemper County is a $5 billion wager on an energy future that includes coal. The Kemper plant is scheduled to open this year as the first in the United States to ramp up technology to remove carbon dioxide emissions on ...

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Pro: Flaring is safe way to prevent harmful air pollution

gas flare

Flaring is not inherently dangerous, and there is evidence to suggest drilling activity does not have a significant affect on air quality, according to a research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. In Cheapside, where rolling farmland used to host cotton and livestock, well sites can be seen on hilltops in every direction. The community, which basically consists ...

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Oil spill workshop gets live example of response process

Spill Cleanup

 Kimberly Cauvel for Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash. (WASHINGTON) – An oil spill Saturday morning at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes happened at an opportune time for participants in an oil spill response workshop. While representatives from federal, state and local response agencies were teaching the day’s students about oil spills and responses, several of them answered ...

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Fracking worries arise at conservation forum in city

Fredericksburg, VA

(VIRGINIA) – The purpose of a Virginia Outdoors Foundation-sponsored forum in Fredericksburg last week was to look at whether oil and gas drilling should be allowed on land protected from other development by conservation easements. But looming over the five-hour session Thursday was the prospect of hydraulic fracturing coming to the Taylorsville basin south and east of Fredericksburg. Some conservation ...

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EDITORIAL: Fracking misgivings

oil drill

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, or fracking, is a big deal in our area, and it will be a big deal for some time to come. Recent stories in The Free Lance-Star let both sides state their arguments. As with almost every thing else, it comes down to money. Where there’s money, there’s persistence. Companies have been doing exploratory drilling in the Taylorsville ...

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