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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

fracking, water supply, Marcellus Shale

The publicly funded and independent watchdog press Public Herald recently published the results of a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania that it says reveals “widespread and systemic impacts related to ‘fracking’.” The Herald first filed a request for records of complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. The DEP declined to release the complaints, telling the Herald ...

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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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Aliso Canyon blowout causes safety concerns

Aliso Canyon

A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. Read more here… After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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Why strive to be the best when good enough is good enough?

safety, workplace safety

I encourage my daughter to try her best at everything she does in hopes that she becomes the best.  After all what parent wouldn’t want to see their kid standing on the podium at the Olympics with a gold medal hanging around their neck?  But what’s the cost of becoming the best, and isn’t it ok to just be “good”? ...

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I never used to believe testimonials until I became one

spray foam insulation

As an industrial writer, I run across case studies and case histories for companies I work with all the time. Most of the time I take those with a grain of salt, figuring a company isn’t going to tout a case study when their product didn’t work. So I was intrigued when I was asked to write a story about ...

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In ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ an ecological disaster’s human toll

Deepwater Horizon, Mike Williams, Mark Wahlberg

TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else. “My 11 brothers that got killed were immediately forgotten,” Williams said, speaking from his Sulphur Springs, Texas, ...

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Helicopter crash off Angola kills 4, Chevron says

helicopter crash, Angola, Chevron

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chevron says four people were killed when a helicopter crashed on the way to an oil facility off the coast of Angola. A statement by the oil company says the helicopter left Cabinda province on Monday afternoon with five passengers and a pilot. Four of the five passengers were contractors, and the fifth was an employee of ...

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Pemex says fire put out on tanker off Mexico’s Gulf coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire on a tanker carrying gasoline and diesel off Mexico’s Gulf coast was put out Sunday, a day after the blaze began, the country’s state oil company said. Firefighting boats had battled the blaze since Saturday aboard the Burgos, which is owned by the company, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. A Pemex statement Sunday night said ...

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