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Navajo Nation president eyes lifting advisory on river water

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The quality of San Juan River water on the Navajo Nation has returned to what it was before a spill at a Colorado gold mine sent toxic sludge into the waterway, federal and tribal officials said Thursday. The testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency along with that of the Navajo EPA prompted tribal President Russell Begaye ...

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Officials investigating Shell’s unsettling discovery

If there’s valuable lesson we can retain from the movie Poltergeist, it’s that developing over the burial ground for the dead can certainly throw a wrench in your plans. Shell Chemicals seemed to take the cue when human remains were discovered at the site of its proposed ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania. The Times Online reports two skulls ...

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Newport officials protest flier’s ‘health advisory’ about development planned for Banning Ranch

Newport Beach officials are taking issue with a flier proclaiming an “urgent health advisory” that is being circulated in opposition to the proposed development of Banning Ranch. The flier shows an aerial photograph of the 401-acre Banning Ranch property, an expanse of scrub- and grass-covered bluffs and wetlands overlooking the ocean near Pacific Coast Highway that for years has been ...

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Family attacks EOG after water well explosion leaves permanent scars

EOG Resources and several other companies are facing a lawsuit from a family that suffered damages when their water well ignited into an immense explosion due to methane from nearby fracked wells. Desmog reports that the family of four, including a four-year-old child, her parents and her grandfather, were the victims of an explosion that occurred due to their water ...

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Chemical leak turns Wolf Creek blue; Barberton removing contaminant

NORTON – A chemical leak at Barberton’s water treatment plant off Summit Road turned Wolf Creek a turquoise color Tuesday. The leaking chemical was aluminum sulfate, Ohio EPA spokesperson Linda Oros said. A coagulant, it is traditionally used to remove organic material from drinking water by binding it together and sinking it to the bottom for collection. Norton officials temporarily ...

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Two killed in bulldozer accident


PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP – Two people were killed in what authorities believe was an accident involving a bulldozer Monday evening along Morgan Road. Authorities were still on the scene as of press time, but according to county Sheriff William Johnson, two adults, a male and a female, were killed. Their names have not been released. Plymouth Township Fire Chief Bill Strubbe ...

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McComb’s water is brown but still called safe to drink

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McCOMB, Ohio – Tests show this Hancock County village’s tap water is safe to drink, yet many residents are understandably leery of its brownish color. “It’s more about appearance, odor, and taste,” said Dina Pierce, a spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “From a health-based perspective, the water is safe to drink.” She agreed McComb’s water is “obviously very ...

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Residents, businesses recover from weekend storm

The roof of a storage building blew off at the Budget Inn on Andrews Highway and a 40-year-old tree fell on the roof of a home in the 9200 block of Bedford Drive due to high winds from a weekend storm. Now residents and local businesses affected by the storms are repairing and assessing the damage to determine the next ...

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Operator facing federal charges for deadly platform blast

NEW ORLEANS — Oil platform operator Black Elk Energy is facing federal criminal charges in connection with a November 2012 explosion off Louisiana’s coast that left three workers dead and others badly injured. Multiple media outlets report that U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. of the Eastern District in Louisiana filed a six-count criminal complaint against Houston-based Black Elk Energy ...

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Review of spill damage urged

SANTA FE – Five state lawmakers are urging members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to pursue federal legislation that would mandate an independent review of the damage caused by 3 million gallons of mine waste spilling into a tributary of the Animas River and possibly provide financial compensation for affected communities and individuals. In a letter sent Tuesday, the five legislators ...

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