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Feds: Niobrara needs railroads to send oil to market

Rail transportation is a crucial factor in the Niobrara oil industry. According to the Dever Business Journal, a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis reports that rail cars transport about 64 percent of oil produced in the formation. Earlier this week, the EIA announced plans to release a monthly report tracking how much oil is transported through rail and information ...

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NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas

NEW YORK — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect another round of gas-pipe tampering caused a fiery explosion at the same building, killing two people, injuring ...

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2 to plead guilty in oil patch human trafficking case

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man and woman accused of luring women from California to work as prostitutes in the western North Dakota oil patch have reached plea agreements with prosecutors. Trina Nguyen (wihn) and Loc Tran are to plead guilty on Thursday. They were scheduled for a nine-day trial in federal court in June on charges related to human trafficking ...

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BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains


OMAHA, Neb. — BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday. Under the changes, BNSF is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. The Fort Worth, Texas, based ...

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Contractor killed at natural gas terminal near Philadelphia

MARCUS HOOK, Pa. — Sunoco Logistics says a contractor has died in an industrial accident at its oil and natural gas storage and processing facility outside Philadelphia. Company spokesman Joe McGinn says the contractor was fatally injured around 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border. Sunoco Logistics did not release the contractor’s name. McGinn ...

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Oil rig worker to take on Chevron over injuries

Chevron will be heading to the courtroom over an accident on one of its Gulf of Mexico rigs last year. The Southeast Texas Record reports that Kennedy Tasker, a Louisiana oil rig worker, has filed a lawsuit against the oil giant for an incident that took place on March 22, 2014. According to the suit filed in Galveston on March ...

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Colorado city vows to be carbon neutral, defying partisan politics

Copenhagen and Melbourne have committed to the most aggressive carbon reduction goals on the planet. Now those two cities –homes to 4.5 million people– have been joined by a perhaps unlikely companion on the fast track to carbon neutrality: the Colorado college town of Fort Collins, home to 150,000. This month, the city approved new targets to reduce emissions 80 ...

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Editorial: Taking a deeper look at safety of fracking

When Sen. Fran Pavley pushed the toughest fracking regulations in the nation through the Legislature in 2013, she insisted on requiring a statewide environmental impact review of the practice. If it showed a need for tougher laws, the Agoura Hills Democrat said she would lead the charge. The facts are trickling in, and Pavley may want to start looking for ...

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Holy Smoke: EPA wants to regulate BBQ grills?

Hide your wieners. And your burgers, and your chicken quarters and your T-bones. It appears the EPA has funded a $15,000 grant geared at among other things “limiting the overall air pollution … and alleviating some of the acute health problems” associated with backyard barbecue grills. Students at the University of California Riverside received the grant as part of the ...

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