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Southern California beaches tested for tar balls after spill

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The effort to track the impact of a crude oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast in May hit beaches this week as far south as Orange County, officials said Saturday. Tar ball samples were taken Thursday and Friday from Gaviota to Newport Beach, about 170 miles away, for a better reference point of where oil ...

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Water and wildlife may be at risk from fracking’s toxic chemicals, panel finds


Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals — the impacts of which are for the most part unknown — that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel. The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps ...

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Ex-oil hand turns to crime during slump


Its still hard times for roustabouts and as some have taken to other fields of work, one Texas man turned to the black market of human smuggling for cash. According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, Brandon Lee Gamez was recently arrested near Freer, Texas. Federal prosecutors claim he drove a truck down a rural road known for drug ...

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River basin watchdogs OK pipeline permits

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The Constitution Pipeline company has cleared another significant hurdle in the regulatory review process, getting approval from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to withdraw millions of gallons of water needed to pressure-test the 124-mile pipeline once it is installed. The planned withdrawals include two from the local region — up to 4 million gallons from the Charlotte Creek in Davenport ...

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1 barrel of natural gas liquids spills at gathering pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Health Department says a barrel of natural gas liquids spilled at a gathering pipeline and entered a tributary to Dry Fork Creek in Williams County. North Dakota Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman says the spill was reported Saturday by pipeline owner Hess Tioga Gas Plant LLC. Rockeman says state inspectors and cleanup contractors were ...

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Drilling begins in sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain

CASPER, Wyo. — A Colorado oil company has begun drilling test wells in key sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain after years-long resistance from local landowners and environmentalists. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that GRMR Oil and Gas began drilling the first of three wells Sunday in the south-central area of Wyoming. Earlier negotiations between GRMR and state officials resulted in the ...

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Two die at Petrobras terminal; fire hits offshore platform

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents, a union representing oil workers said in a statement. The workers drowned after scaffolding they were erecting collapsed at the end of a pier operated by Transpetro, Petrobras’ pipeline ...

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Oil refineries are a Yellowstone County mainstay

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There’s oil in Jill Quade’s blood. A 26-year employee at ExxonMobil refinery in Lockwood, Quade grew up in a refinery home. Her mother, Janell Keeling, did lab work at the refinery. Quade donned the Exxon logo on sport uniforms as a child and even went to college on an Exxon scholarship. Her story is one shared in Yellowstone County by ...

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CSX to hold public meeting on oil train derailment cleanup

MONTGOMERY – Five months after the CSX oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, the railroad will hold a “public availability session” later this month to discuss past, current and future cleanup efforts. According to information provided by the railroad, CSX remains in Phase I of a two-phase cleanup plan. This part focuses on short-term remediation efforts with the goal of removing ...

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Pair escape house explosion; gas, fire crews investigating


NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. — A man and his wife managed to escape an explosion that badly damaged their Pittsburgh-area home and knocked it off its foundation on Tuesday, but fire crews and utility workers couldn’t immediately determine a cause. Robert Kosko Jr., 62, told reporters outside his ruined North Braddock home that he was upstairs and his wife, Deborah, was ...

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