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Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach ...

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After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows

WASHINGTON — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama’s climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren’t afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency. The high court’s ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting mercury and other hazardous air pollutants ...

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Oil, gas spill reports for June 28

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

WASHINGTON – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and ...

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New federal regulations on oil tank-car trains face challenges

The U.S. railroad industry, several environmental groups and two Chicago suburbs are challenging the federal government’s recently unveiled regulations intended to enhance the safety of milelong trains carrying volatile crude oil, dozens of which pass through the metro area each week. The organizations, along with the city of Aurora and the village of Barrington, contend that the regulations announced May ...

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Editorial: Public deserves more information on drilling-related health complaints


The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s own documents show the agency is falling down on the job when it comes to fracking-related health complaints. Department officials should take this seriously, since it’s their duty to protect the public health. A recent Associated Press report shows the department gave little attention to some 87 separate complaints from residents and workers who feared ...

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New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending 7-year review

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.” The agency concluded that existing safety ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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