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Editorial: Facts flow downhill when it comes to water

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Landfill leachate from natural gas drilling waste may poison your water, but words never seem to hurt regulators. However, after reading the summary of a 200-page study released this past week on drill cuttings dumped into landfills, we have some words for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Rarely do we engage in name calling, but this report leads us ...

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Congress allocates $246M for oil transport safety

In an effort to improve the safety of transporting Bakken crude by rail and pipelines, Congress has allocated $246 million to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA). As reported by the Williston Herald, last week Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced the funding made possible by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill. In a statement, he said, “This ...

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Airborne lab seeks fracking leaks

MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — The inside of the Twin Otter airplane was turned into a flying laboratory, crammed with racks of computer equipment and an array of suitcase-sized plastic containers. Its mission: to fly over the busy natural-gas drilling operations of northeastern Pennsylvania so a pair of scientists could measure how much of the stuff was leaking into the atmosphere. In ...

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Smoke from Canadian fires blows as far south as Tennessee

MINOT, N.D. — After almost of a week, smoke from Canadian wildfires continued to blanket parts of North Dakota on Saturday and some residents said they’re growing tired of the hazy skies. Smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan has been blowing as far south as Tennessee, with a thick haze extending through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern ...

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OSHA investigating Kansas oil field death

GREAT BEND, Kan. — A federal agency is investigating the death of a 30-year-old oil field worker in central Kansas. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release late Thursday the agency’s Wichita office will investigate the June 30 death of the worker, whose name was not released. OSHA says the worker was an ...

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State cites mine after fatality, checking ventilation doors

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MOUNT MORRIS, Pa. — The state Department of Environmental Protection has cited a southwestern Pennsylvania mine for violations related to a miner’s death, and is inspecting ventilation doors of other mines in the region. DEP spokesman John Poister tells the (Uniontown) Herald-Standard that’s being done because 55-year-old John Kelly was moving through a set of airlock doors when the doors and ...

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Kinder Morgan reroutes pipeline path in Winchester

WINCHESTER – A controversial natural gas pipeline is no longer proposed to go through the town’s drinking water aquifer, but the Pulpit Falls and Pulpit Rock property remain in its path. And that has prompted town officials to allow representatives involved with the pipeline’s development to tour the site, under supervision. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. officials met with Winchester selectmen ...

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Using bad tank cars? Then pay a fee, Brown proposes

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants shippers using tank cars that have been linked to fiery train derailments to pay fees that would be used to reroute train tracks, train first responders and clean up spills. Brown has proposed fees that start at $175 per car for those using the DOT-111, a tank car that federal regulators have warned hazardous-material shippers against ...

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TIMELINE-BP oil spill, litigation at a glance

BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The following is a timeline of key events: * April 20, 2010, RIG EXPLODES: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil ...

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