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BNSF: $100M in maintenance work planned in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it will invest more than $100 million this year in North Dakota as part of its capital expenditure program. The railroad says this year’s plan in North Dakota is primarily focused on maintenance projects. The company says the maintenance is aimed at keeping its network infrastructure in optimal condition and reduces the ...

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Oregon lawmakers approve pioneering pro-climate coal bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have given final approval to pioneering legislation that will eliminate coal from the state’s energy supply by 2030 and provide half of customers’ power with renewable sources by 2040. The measure passed by the Oregon Senate Wednesday underscores a leadership role on environmental issues the state has staked out over the years. The state ...

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2 ethanol tankers among 16 derailed train cars in western NY

An artistic concept depicting an Ethanol spill. A freight train hauling various good derailed earlier this week. Two of the 18 cars were ethanol tankers. (Image via Pixabay - CC0)

RIPLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Crews are working to contain a leak on an ethanol tanker that was among 16 cars on a freight train that derailed in far southwestern New York and forced the evacuation of several homes. A spokesman for Norfolk Southern says a train derailed on the rail company’s line around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town of ...

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Utility: Contractor dies at power plant construction site

Utility: Contractor dies at power plant construction site

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An electric utility says a contractor has died in a workplace accident at a central Indiana power plant. Indianapolis Power & Light contractor says the contractor died Wednesday morning at its Eagle Valley Generating Station in Morgan County. IPL says the death occurred at the construction site of the new combined-cycle gas turbine power station near ...

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January US mine inspections result in 138 citations

coal mine inspections

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 138 citations and four orders at U.S. mine operations in January. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 11 coal mines and six other mines in 12 states, including Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The impact inspections began in 2010 after the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia ...

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Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Minnesota water summit

Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Dayton's water summit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton asked more than 800 people attending his inaugural Water Summit on Saturday to brainstorm ideas for solving Minnesota’s water quality challenges, but not before opponents of the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline interrupted his remarks to urge him to play a greater role in scrutinizing the project. Just after Dayton took the ...

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Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

MOSCOW (AP) — A methane gas leak at a coal mine in Russia’s far north triggered three explosions that ignited fires and partially collapsed the mine, killing 36 people, officials said Sunday. The dead included five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta, a town north ...

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NY inspectors find defects in rail line used by oil trains

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rail inspectors report examining 215 crude oil tank cars, 190 miles of track and 26 switches, finding four critical defects and 16 others in the latest round of New York inspections. Targeted inspections began in 2014 following deadly derailments the year before in Canada and the U.S. and fires from volatile oil. Inspectors examined cars at ...

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Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

This Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry press service on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 shows rescuers from Kemerovo region arriving for help in Vorkuta, Russia. Russian officials say a total of 36 people are believed to have died at a coal mine where a methane gas leak triggered three explosions and the collapse of the mine. The Russian emergency services say the dead include five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed when the third explosion rocked the Vorkutaugol mine in Russia's far north Komi region early Sunday. (AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — A methane gas leak at a coal mine in Russia’s far north triggered three explosions that ignited fires and partially collapsed the mine, killing 36 people, officials said Sunday. The dead included five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta, a town north ...

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California disaster top methane release in US history

Study: California leak was top methane release in US history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study ...

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