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Track failure likely cause of oil train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday. A failure of the fastener between the railroad tie and the line was likely the problem, but more investigation will be required before railroad officials know for sure, Raquel Espinoza said Sunday. Union Pacific inspects the ...

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Oregon train derailment spills oil, sparks fire

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A train towing cars full of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, sparking a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky. The accident happened around noon near the town of Mosier, about 70 miles east of Portland. It involved eight cars filled with oil, and one was burning, ...

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Washington limits carbon pollution from largest sources

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state regulators on Wednesday unveiled an updated plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters, the latest attempt by Gov. Jay Inslee to push ahead with a binding cap on carbon emissions after struggling to win approval from legislators. Washington would join nearly a dozen states including California that have capped carbon pollution from industrial ...

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EPA: Coal-fired power plants need new pollution controls

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal regulators are requiring new pollution controls at Utah’s oldest coal-fired power plants to reduce haze near national parks. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it would require new equipment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at Rocky Mountain Power’s Hunter and Huntington power plants in Emery County. Environmental and clean air groups cheered the EPA’s ...

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Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico’s gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what’s being called ...

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Engineer charged with releasing oil in Lake Huron in ’14

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — An engineer aboard a commercial ship has been charged with intentionally discharging oil into Lake Huron in 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard says two oily sheens were spotted by air, east of Cheboygan and east of Alpena, two years ago. Investigators were tipped by a crew member who worked in the engine room aboard the ...

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New cloud formation discovery may lessen warming forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That’s because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off. “What this will do is slightly reduce and sharpen the projections for temperature during the 21st century,” ...

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Feds: Failures led to prolonged California oil spill

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 120,000 gallons of oil on the California coast failed to prevent corrosion in its pipes, detect the rupture or respond swiftly as crude streamed toward the ocean, federal regulators said Thursday. Plains All American Pipeline operators working remotely in Texas had turned off an alarm that would have ...

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Demand plummets for California pollution credits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are taking a hit as demand has plummeted for pollution credits that are supposed to fund the initiative. Only about a tenth of the available pollution credits were sold in an auction last week, according to results released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board. Gov. Jerry Brown’s ...

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Fire evacuation orders lifted north of Fort McMurray

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Alberta officials on Saturday lifted mandatory evacuation orders in some areas north of Fort McMurray, where a raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people and the closure of oil sands operations. Officials said conditions have improved in some parts north of the oil sands city. Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude will ...

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