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Wildfire near California oil refinery burning out of control

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire spurred by strong gusts mushroomed in size and burned out of control Thursday in a remote coastal area west of Santa Barbara, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers, some homes and an oil refinery as it crept toward the ocean. Winds and rising temperatures across the dry Western U.S. also worsened wildfires ...

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32K gallons of saltwater spilled, recovered near Tioga

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division says more than 32,000 gallons of saltwater spilled and was cleaned up at an oil field site in Mountrail County. Hess Bakken Investments II LLC reported the spill at a tank battery about 7 miles north of Tioga on Tuesday. The company estimates that 770 barrels spilled, was contained and ...

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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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Leaders ask Oregon, Washington governors to ban oil-by-train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River. The June 3 derailment in the town of Mosier showed transporting oil by train is dangerous and unnecessary and should be ...

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DTE plans to shut down 8 coal-fired units at 3 plants

coal-fired units

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years. The Detroit-based utility announced Wednesday the units being retired between 2020 and 2023 are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the ...

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EPA: Marathon to cut air pollution from Detroit refinery

DETROIT (AP) — Marathon Petroleum and the federal government have reached an agreement that that calls for the Ohio-based company to reduce air pollution at a refinery in southwest Detroit. Some residents living near it have complained about pollution from the facility. “The Detroit area has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation,” EPA Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan ...

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Northwest tribal leaders highlight risks of oil trains

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of several Pacific Northwest tribes gathered Thursday near the site of last week’s fiery oil train wreck in Oregon to condemn the shipping of fossil fuels through the Columbia River Gorge, a scenic homeland and sacred fishing ground for the Yakama Nation and others over the millennia. “We do not want fossil fuels at all ...

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Feel better by doing good

UMH backpack giveaway

Two school-age children, hand-in-hand, head down the sidewalk on the first day of school, their backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and pointy new crayons. The two first graders, like many elementary students at Countryside Village in Columbia, Tennessee, begin the school year with a backpack full of supplies provided by the community’s Annual Backpack Giveaway. The event is just one ...

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Critics: River route no place for oil trains after crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge drew immediate reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce. At least eleven cars derailed Friday in the 96-car Union Pacific train and the company said several caught fire. ...

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Crews work to contain sheen after Oregon train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental crews worked Saturday to contain a sheen of oil that appeared in the Columbia River along the Washington-Oregon border after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire, but officials said there was no immediate indication of harm to wildlife. Sixteen of the 96 tank cars on the train derailed Friday near Mosier, Oregon, about 70 ...

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