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No excessive benzene found in water supply, report says

VENTURA, Calif. – A management review has found no evidence showing that the carcinogen benzene is present in county drinking water at levels exceeding federal standards. The report comes five months after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors ordered a study of benzene in wastewater generated by oil drilling. The board’s directive was spurred by a story in the Los ...

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EPA says 3 million gallons of contaminated water released into Animas River

FARMINGTON — Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that the Gold King Mine discharged an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the previous estimate. The mine continues to discharge 500 gallons per minute, EPA Region 8 administrator Shaun McGrath said in a teleconference call Sunday afternoon, but the polluted water is being contained and treated ...

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Bill backs control

State legislators and a growing consortium of county and township officials seek stronger local control over injection wells, and a bill currently being drafted in the state House could be the key. Last year, almost 1.1 million barrels of frackwater were dumped in Ashtabula County injection wells, the majority of which came from outside Ohio. That’s up 42 percent from ...

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Wells Ranch line continues to burn residual gas, in-house investigation pending

The ruptured pipeline that exploded on Wells Ranch about 17 miles northeast of Greeley continued Friday to burn residual natural gas under the supervision of energy industry and fire officials, according to a news release from Williams Midstream. The explosion occurred about 2:15 p.m. Thursday on Wells Ranch near the intersection of Weld County roads 61 1/2 and 66, just ...

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Aquatic insects share secret message on Lackawanna River’s health

BLAKELY – Clinging to rocks in the shallow current, tiny insects had a message for 20 curious children about the health of the Lackawanna River. “We’re going be looking for bugs in the river,” Lackawanna River Corridor Association Director Bernie McGurl told the group gathered at the river’s edge, holding up a poster of aquatic creatures known as macroinvertebrates. “Some ...

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Editorial: Hot air in defense of big coal

clean energy

Monday came, the Environmental Protection Agency delivered the Clean Power Plan, and the world didn’t end. The folks of Hampton Roads were promised cleaner air and water, and perhaps the slightest intimation that Washington intends to deal with the greenhouse gases warming the planet and raising the seas. But the world was still here on Tuesday. The lights flashed on ...

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Fire, gas leak hit CVS construction site

HANOVER TOWNSHIP – A fire that broke out at a CVS construction site Monday morning was not caused by the gas leak that occurred just minutes before in front of the building, fire officials said. Fire crews were en route to the lot on the corner of Oxford Street and the Sans Souci Parkway for a gas leak when they ...

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Refugio oil spill may have been costlier, bigger than projected

A Plains All American Pipeline oil spill off the Santa Barbara County coast this year may have been bigger and costlier than originally expected, the company said in its quarterly earnings update Wednesday. The May 19 spill could cost the Texas company as much as $257 million in response and cleanup costs, assessments and fines, and legal settlements, the company ...

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Oregon already on the path to meet Obama’s new clean power goals

Depending on where you live and who you listen to, the Clean Power Plan unveiled by President Obama Monday is either the most significant action on climate change ever undertaken or an economic disaster that will face a tsunami of legal challenges. In Oregon, it may be more business as usual. Nationwide, the rules will force overall reductions of carbon ...

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Bulldozer rolls over, kills pipeline worker

ROARING BRANCH, Pa. — A pipeline worker is dead after the bulldozer he was operating rolled over in northern Pennsylvania. It happened just before noon Tuesday in Union Township. State police say 54-year-old Ricky Dettman was driving a bulldozer on steep grade when it rolled down the hill, turning over several times before coming to a rest in an upright ...

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