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Bakken pipeline supporters, foes speak out at Iowa DNR meeting

Des Moines, Iowa

DES MOINES — Iowans gave mixed reviews during a public meeting Wednesday to a proposed oil pipeline that would cut across the state — some favoring it and the jobs it would provide, others calling it an environmental threat to be rejected. A crowd of nearly 100 people attended a sometimes raucous meeting held by Iowa Department of Natural Resources ...

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PRC approves San Juan Generating Station plan

FARMINGTON — By a vote of 4-1, the state Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday approved a plan that allows the San Juan Generating Station to continue operating. The final PRC vote on the plan — a compromise that will bring the coal-fired power plant into compliance with federal haze regulations by shutting down two of its four generating units — ...

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Estero goes frack free

Estero is a “frack free zone.” The village council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that prohibits hydraulic and acid fracturing, known as fracking, which use chemicals to dissolve rock below the ground. Councilor Don Brown was absent due to medical reasons. By doing so, Estero has joined the city of Bonita Springs in banning an oil drilling and exploration method ...

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Cuomo calls for investigation of Indian Point nuclear plant

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state utility regulators to begin a full investigation of the operations and safety protocols at the Indian Point nuclear power plant on the Hudson River about 30 miles north of Manhattan. Plant owner Entergy says federal regulators with nuclear expertise say the plant is safe. Monday evening, one reactor was automatically shut ...

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China to introduce tough emissions controls for ships

BEIJING/SINGAPORE– China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulfur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport. If strictly implemented the move would force oil suppliers to increase the supply of cleaner marine fuel, industry experts said. The ministry gave ...

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G20 sets up task force to get firms to disclose climate risks

Bank of England governor Mark Carney speaks during a news conference at the Bank of England in London, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON – A global task force is to encourage businesses to make voluntary disclosures to help investors compare the risks that they face from climate change, Financial Stability Board Chairman Mark Carney said on Friday. The FSB drafts global financial regulation for the Group of 20 economies (G20), whose summit in Turkey last month asked the board to look at ...

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Hydrogen sulfide concerns in West Texas oil well blowout

New Mexico Oil Well

SEMINOLE, Texas (AP) — Emergency officials have evacuated a 2-mile radius near a West Texas oil well that blew out and spewed a mixture of dangerous hydrogen sulfide. Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes says nobody was hurt in Tuesday morning’s accident at a rural site about 4 miles east-northeast of Seminole. Keyes says about two dozen homes were evacuated, as ...

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BNSF fined for tardy reporting of spills along railway

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state regulators have fined BNSF Railway $71,700 for tardy reporting of crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway. The Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement between the railroad and its staff. But the UTC removed a provision that would have suspended $40,000 of the penalty if the ...

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High seas would thwart Straits oil spill response

Imagine an oil slick quickly growing through the Straits of Mackinac from a rupture of the 62-year-old, twin pipelines known as Line 5 traversing the bottom of where Lakes Michigan and Huron connect. Now imagine oil spill response boats from the pipeline operator and U.S. Coast Guard moored at the docks, taking no action for hours, or even a day ...

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Sanders unveils climate plan to end U.S. oil, nuclear dependence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change plan on Monday that seeks to end the country’s dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy and could pressure party front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator’s plan envisions 10 million new jobs in clean energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power. It would ban oil and gas ...

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