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Egg prices blowing up because of avian flu

WASHINGTON — Eggs are getting much more expensive — by the dozen and otherwise. The outbreak of avian flu caused the cost of eggs to nearly double last month for producers. Wholesale prices for chicken eggs jumped 84.5 percent in June, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The spike comes amid otherwise tame inflation across the rest of the economy. The producer ...

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O&G tycoon scoops Blue Bell out of rough patch

Those of us who enjoy cooling off on a hot July afternoon with Blue Bell ice cream can thank oil tycoon Sid Bass for saving our favorite summer treat, the Houston Chronicle reports. Blue Bell halted its ice cream operations and recalled its products after the Center for Disease Control linked a listeriosis bacterial outbreak to the ice cream. As ...

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Panel probes California oil spill that blackened beaches

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top pipeline regulator is lagging in meeting congressional requirements imposed several years ago but it is planning to increase staff for safety inspections, its interim director says. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has been facing new questions about its effectiveness after a May 19 break near Santa Barbara created the largest coastal oil ...

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Buffett may benefit as train lobby bids to weaken safety rule

WASHINGTON – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields. A series of oil train accidents, including the July 2013 explosion of a ...

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Minnesota loons to benefit from BP spill settlement

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had far-reaching effects on the environment, including the loon and pelican populations of Minnesota. According to an official with the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota loons could benefit from the recent $18.7 billion settlement between BP and the U.S. Government, reports Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Over the next 15 years, Minnesota could receive up ...

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Oil spill reporting slow but Highland area water safe

HIGHLAND — Officials in Highland and Grantfork are assessing emergency response tactics two days after a crude oil spill threatened local water supplies. But the water is safe, they said Sunday. About five hours passed Friday before emergency officials in those two eastern Madison County jurisdictions learned of the crude oil that had spilled into Silver Creek earlier that day, ...

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Pipeline fire at drilling pad in Tyler County investigated


MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va.— State regulators are investigating a pipeline fire at a drilling pad in Tyler County. The fire occurred early Friday at Jay Bee Oil & Gas’ Gorby Marcellus Shale drilling pad in the Big Run area. West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Jake Glance says there was a rupture in the natural gas pipeline on the pad. He ...

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Driller pays more than $220,000 in OSHA fines

A drilling company involved in an industrial accident that killed three and injured two more has paid $221,200 in penalties for safety violations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dan D Drilling was also placed on the OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Dan D Drilling Corporation faced penalties for safety violations discovered by OSHA while investigating a deadly ...

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Keys governments consider BP oil-spill settlements

The cities of Key West and Marathon, the Monroe County School Board and the County Commission are all meeting separately to discuss what are believed to be settlement opportunities with BP and Transocean. The School Board was scheduled to hold a closed session with its lawyers Friday to discuss the issue. A BP settlement is on the agenda for Tuesday’s ...

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