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AP EXCLUSIVE: California measure fails to create green jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved. Money ...

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Hazardous materials spilled in Pennsylvania


Little information is available about what materials travel by rail through the Midstate. A review of information provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation on in-transit hazmat incidents shows that the following materials have recently been shipped by rail, and spilled, in Pennsylvania: In related news, Oil spill drill set for pipelines in Straits of Mackinac (c)2015 The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.) ...

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Officials urge study of compressors, pipelines


Concerned about the potential health effects from compressor stations and other infrastructure connected to the shale gas industry, some local officials have joined a prominent physicians’ group in urging state leaders to conduct the same type of study that led the Cuomo administration to ban hydraulic fracturing. “The governor is in an awkward position on this because the state Health ...

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Oil spill drill set for pipelines in Straits of Mackinac

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — A massive exercise is in the works that would test a company’s ability to respond to a spill from oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac (MAK’-ih-naw). The Grand Rapids Press reports that the drill funded by Canada-based Enbridge Inc. will take place in late September and involve federal, state and local agencies. Hundreds of responders ...

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Oilfield worker recovering after well fire

An Odessa oilfield worker injured in a fire Tuesday at a Ward County well site remained in critical condition Thursday at a Lubbock Hospital. Ward County Sheriff Mikel Strickland, who responded to the fire at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, identified the man as Juan Renteria and said he was the most severely injured during the blaze, which was also described ...

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Earthquake discussion open to public

Oklahoma Sierra Club and Kansas Sierra Club call on concerned people to join them in Norman from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Norman Public Library (Central Branch) 225 N. Webster to discuss the ongoing threat of earthquakes plaguing the region and to examine the practice of fracking which utilizes underground injection wells to dispose of its waste ...

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Shell discharged 163 tons worth of toxic gas at Deer Park facility


Last Sunday morning, over 300,000 pounds worth of toxic gas was accidentally released into the air at the Deer Park Shell Oil facility. According to reports from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the emission hazard in Southeastern Texas was occurred at approximately 10:40 am at the Shell Deer Park site. Operating personnel discovered the leak roughly 15 minutes ...

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Law enforcement plans announcement on Bakken crime fighting

BISMARCK, N.D. — Law enforcement officials are announcing a “major development” relating to crime-fighting efforts in the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana. Details of the development will be discussed Wednesday during a news conference in Bismarck. State and federal law enforcement officials earlier this year announced the Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force. It will target the criminal networks ...

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EPA officials promise analysis of river contamination today

FARMINGTON – EPA officials offered little new information Tuesday afternoon on pollution levels in the Animas River after agency workers accidentally released an estimated 3 million gallons of mine wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river a week ago. Also on Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a declaration late in the evening allowing the tribe to seek ...

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