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Company says it hasn’t reduced Albany oil shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An oil shipper recently accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of violating air pollution standards says it hasn’t reduced rail shipments to its terminal at the Port of Albany on the Hudson River. The EPA issued a violation notice July 29 to Global Companies LLC, based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The EPA says its calculations show 3.5 ...

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Bottoms-up —Realizing You Need Safety When it’s Too Late

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The belief is that every alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before they realize they have a problem and can start on the road to recovery.  With some employers the same can be said about their safety program.  What triggering event will it take to shake them up and get them to understand that they have requirements to follow and ...

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Duke Energy, NC agency disputing fine for coal ash pollution

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) €” The nation’s largest electric company is negotiating with North Carolina’s environment agency over a $6.6 million fine to punish Duke Energy for a big spill of liquefied coal ash. Attorneys for both sides said delaying Monday’s scheduled hearing may help resolve the disputed fine for polluting the Dan River in 2014. Duke Energy Corp. has called ...

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Nigerian oil militants declare ceasefire, ready to negotiate

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leading oil militants have declared a conditional ceasefire in attacks that are losing the West African nation a million barrels of oil a day. The Niger Delta Avengers also say they are willing to negotiate a peace deal. A statement posted on the group’s website and dated Saturday says they will continue an undeclared “cessation ...

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Natural gas blamed in apartment explosion that killed 7

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A buildup of natural gas caused an explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a Maryland apartment building last week, investigators said Friday. The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but Daniel Board, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Baltimore ...

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‘Act of God’: Ruinous flooding catches Louisiana off guard

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An act of God is how some are describing it, a catastrophic 48-hour torrent of rain that sent thousands of people in Louisiana scrambling for safety and left many wondering how a region accustomed to hurricanes could get caught off guard so badly. At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 have ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Photo: Vasiliki Millousi via Flickr.

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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1 hurt, firetruck burns in Killeen gas tanker truck blaze

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KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire at a Central Texas gas station left one person dead, destroyed a firetruck and forced more than 50 nearby residents to evacuate. Killeen police did not immediately release details on the person killed in the fiery accident early Friday at a Mickey’s Convenience Store. Police say preliminary information indicates the ...

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Crews extinguish fire at Michigan power plant; no injuries

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EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Fire crews on Friday extinguished a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River in Michigan that broke out a day earlier and sent smoke into the air that was visible for miles, officials said. There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the DTE ...

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New crude oil shipment applications on hold at Cherry Point

Cherry Point, Bellingham Washington

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Whatcom County Council has temporarily banned new permit applications for projects that ship crude oil and other unrefined fossil fuels out of Cherry Point. The 60-day moratorium unanimously approved Tuesday night prevents shipments or exports of fuels such as methane, coal or crude oil from tar sands not processed in that industrial zone north of ...

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