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Prosecutor smells crime, charges utility for huge gas leak

LOS ANGELES — Top prosecutors in Los Angeles County and the state of California are the latest to make moves against a utility for a massive and still-flowing gas leak, joining a growing group that now includes several levels of government along with parts of the private sector. LA County’s District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against ...

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California AG sues utility for natural gas leak

California AG sues utility for natural gas leak

LOS ANGELES — California’s attorney general added her name Tuesday to the long list of parties suing a utility company for the massive nonstop natural gas leak that has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes and spewed more than 2 million tons of climate-changing methane. Attorney General Kamala Harris said Southern California Gas Co. violated several state ...

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How to implode an oil train tanker (VIDEO)

If an oil tanker is on the path to destruction, it usually meets its end after a derailment and the [possible] subsequent explosions. But what it would take to make one implode? In their usual tongue in cheek, “don’t try this at home” fashion, the team on the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters recently took on the challenge of destroying an oil ...

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Lawmakers questioning Ohio agency over lead-tainted water

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Ohio Democrats in Congress and the legislature are asking the state’s environmental agency why months passed before residents found out about their lead-tainted tap water. Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area is calling on the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to resign, saying the state should have stepped in sooner. A state EPA spokeswoman says agency director ...

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Flint water crisis a focus as Senate takes up energy bill

Flint water crisis a focus as Senate takes up energy bill

WASHINGTON — Legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is likely as the Senate takes up a bipartisan bill on energy policy. Preliminary votes on the overall energy bill are expected as soon as Thursday as the Senate debates the first comprehensive energy legislation in nine years. The wide-ranging bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria ...

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Libya lost $68B from attacks on oil, industry chief says

Libyan national oil company chief Mustafa Sanalla reacts during an interview in London, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The head of Libya’s state oil corporation is appealing for political factions to forge a unity government, saying that without a single government there will be “neither security nor stability. Mustafa Sanalla believes that the country will become a failed state without action soon.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON — Libya will fall further into chaos if its political factions don’t quickly form a unity government, the head of the state oil company warned Monday, noting country has already lost some $68 billion lost oil sales because of attacks by Islamic extremists. Mustafa Sanalla, who is in London to attend a conference and get support from investors, made ...

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Leaking Los Angeles gas well ordered shut down

LOS ANGELES — The Southern California Gas Co. has been ordered to permanently close and seal a storage well that’s poured natural gas into the air over a Los Angeles neighborhood for months and driven thousands from their homes. A hearing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District on Saturday also ordered the utility to fund an independent ...

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Kentucky coal death is nation’s 3rd fatal in new year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A coal miner in western Kentucky died after being pinned against a wall by a mobile digging machine in an underground mine, the first coal mining death in the state this year and the third nationally. The death prompted a top U.S. mine safety official to call for increased enforcement and education efforts at the nation’s coal ...

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Texas lawyer files suit in Marathon refinery fire

Texas lawyer files suit in Marathon refinery fire

A Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit, on behalf of Samuel Salache, against Marathon Petroleum Company, Ray Brooks and Innovative Ventilation Systems Inc. On Jan. 11, Salache was working as a foreman at the Marathon Refinery in Texas City, Texas, when a fire occurred. A spark ignited fumes causing an intense fire. According to a press release, Salache ensured that his ...

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Fewer Bakken rigs, fewer oil worker deaths

Oil worker deaths in the Bakken were down in 2015, but officials can’t say why just yet, reports The Bismarck Tribune. According to data collected from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were three oil and gas-related worker deaths in 2015 compared to the seven in 2014 and 10 the year before that. Eric Brooks, director of OSHA’s Bismarck ...

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