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Hundreds to protest at 2 oil refineries near Anacortes

oil refineries, Anacortes Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of people are gathering at the site of two oil refineries near Anacortes to call for action on climate change. The three-day event begins Friday and includes protesters in kayaks, community workshops and a three-mile march along the shores of Fidalgo Bay in front of the Tesoro and Shell refineries. It’s part of a series of ...

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Oil spill settlement bill stumbles at session end

Oil spill settlement bill stumbles at session end

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers are continuing to disagree over how much of the state’s oil spill settlement funds should go to road projects and how much to the Gulf coast. The feud on Tuesday threatened to doom legislation doling out the settlement dollars. A Senate budget committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday on legislation to use $191 million for ...

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Toxic ND: Fracking related spills cause pervasive soil & water contamination

Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday. Samples taken from surface waters affected by waste spills in recent years in the state’s Bakken oilfield region turned up high levels of lead, ammonium, selenium and other contaminants, Duke University researchers said. ...

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House approves split of settlement money from BP oil spill

House approves split of settlement money from BP oil spill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday approved a compromise plan for doling out settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill — one that could help stave off cuts in Medicaid this fall. The House-passed bill was a last-minute deal between lawmakers who said the wisest thing to do with the $1 billion settlement was ...

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Regulators relax monitoring of decade-old Gulf oil leak

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a slow-motion spill that could last another century. In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to conduct daily flights over the site of its leak to visually monitor chronic oil sheens ...

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Thousands of families in limbo after natural gas blowout

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The escape of tons of natural gas from under a Los Angeles neighborhood is taking months to stop because of pressure from the leak. The leak at Porter Ranch started in October, and likely won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Officials have relocated several thousand residents who said the stench made them sick. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been two months since a blown-out natural gas well was capped and officials spoke of thousands of uprooted families returning to their normal lives. But nearly half of the 8,000 families who left home at some point have yet to return, many still worried about the possibility of another leak and potential health hazards from ...

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Committee approves bill dividing BP oil spill settlement

Committee approves bill dividing BP oil spill settlement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama would use settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill to pay off state debts and pay for road projects in coastal counties, under a last-minute compromise approved Wednesday by a budget committee. The proposal could also stave off cuts in Medicaid services by closing $55 million of a projected $85 million gap in next ...

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Detroit suburb limits oil drilling to industrial areas

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb has approved an ordinance that would allow oil and gas wells only as a special use in industrial areas. The Southfield City Council adopted the zoning change Monday in response to a company’s plan to explore drilling on land owned by a church. Mayor Ken Siver says oil and gas wells “have no ...

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Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl

Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With flowers, candles, anger and tears, Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the world’s worst nuclear accident. Some survivors said the chaos of that time is etched in their minds forever. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko led a ceremony in Chernobyl, where work is underway to complete a ...

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A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AP) — Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: —More than ...

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