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Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian government on Thursday delayed for a second time a ruling on whether waste from nuclear power plants can be permanently stored underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, a proposal that has drawn fierce opposition on both sides of the border. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had been scheduled to ...

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Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem earthquakes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants operators over the next two months to reduce injections by more than ...

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Report: Oil train safety violations should be prosecuted

oil train safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil for criminal prosecution. A report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general also says the Federal Railroad Administration doesn’t have a complete understanding of the risks involving more than 400,000 tank cars of oil shipped across the ...

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Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the ...

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Vermont governor pleads with retirement board to drop coal

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin made an appeal on Tuesday to the board that oversees the state’s public retirement funds to shed investments in coal companies and the oil giant Exxon Mobil in an effort to combat climate change. The Vermont Pension Investment Committee gave the governor’s request a cool reception but voted to set up a special ...

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Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

Amid coal market struggles, less fuel worth mining in US

BILLINGS, Mont. — Vast coal seams dozens of feet thick that lie beneath the rolling hills of the Northern Plains once appeared almost limitless, fueling boasts that domestic reserves were sufficient to power the U.S. for centuries. But an exhaustive government analysis says that at current prices and mining rates the country’s largest coal reserves, located along the Montana-Wyoming border, ...

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State: Coudersport OK to use wells tainted by driller’s soap

COUDERSPORT, Pa (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Coudersport is OK to resume using two drinking water wells tainted with soap by natural gas drillers last fall. The DEP is still investigating the soap that tainted the Coudersport wells and several others after leaking from JKLM Energy’s natural gas drilling pad in Sweden Township in late September. Some 55 ...

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Oil spill probed in northern West Virginia creek

PINE GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental regulators are looking into an oil spill in a northern West Virginia creek. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelly Gillenwater tells media outlets that heat transfer oil spilled from a MarkWest Energy’s Mobley natural gas processing plant in Wetzel County on Saturday morning. The cause of the spill is under investigation. MarkWest Energy said ...

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Vermont lawmakers hear testimony on climate divestment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben says Vermont lawmakers should consider broader financial implications of the state’s investments as it considers whether to divest from some or all fossil fuel companies. He was among those testifying Friday afternoon at a joint hearing of two legislative committees that also heard state Treasurer Beth Pearce insist that lawmakers ...

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Virginia issues violation notice to Dominion for spill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia environmental regulators are issuing a notice of violation to Dominion Virginia Power for a mineral oil spill that fouled a portion of the Potomac River in northern Virginia. The notice issued Friday by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is a first step to ensure that Dominion is held accountable for the Feb. 3 spill. ...

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