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Argo shipwreck find leaking petroleum

KELLEYS ISLAND — It wasn’t qualified to operate in the Great Lakes’ open waters, and when it did, the barge Argo was caught in a gale, capsized, and sank. Laden with as much as 200,000 gallons of petroleum, the 120-foot vessel was missing in Lake Erie for nearly 78 years before a shipwreck hunter from Lakeside, Ohio, found it two ...

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Hurricane Patricia threatens Mexico as one of strongest storms ever

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Hurricane Patricia strengthened into one of the most powerful storms in history on Friday as it barreled toward Mexico’s Pacific Coast, forcing resort hotels to evacuate tourists and residents to stockpile supplies. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 storm was the strongest ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, and the World Meteorological Organization ...

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Dayton orders swifter inspections of oil rail routes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asked state railroad inspectors Thursday to speed up safety inspections of tracks where more oil cars are moving through, a response to marked changes in what routes trains take as they haul millions of gallons of crude across the state. Dayton said those inspections will occur almost a month ahead of schedule ...

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Study: Larger Oklahoma quakes caused by industrial activity

TULSA, Okla. — A new study indicates that most of the larger earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past century may have been caused by industrial activity. The paper by the U.S. Geological Survey will be published in December’s Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. It suggests the uptick in earthquakes since 2009 in the central and eastern U.S. is ...

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CSX West Virginia train derailment lawsuit moved to US court

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A lawsuit filed stemming from a fiery February derailment of a CSX oil train in Mount Carbon has been moved to federal court. The Register-Herald reports that the lawsuit by more than 200 residents was moved to U.S. District Court in Huntington at the request of the rail company. The lawsuit was initially filed in state court. ...

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Study reveals proximity of schools, hospitals to fracking activity

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Thousands of Pennsylvania residents attend school or receive health care within one mile of a permitted natural gas fracking well site, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Penn Environment Research & Policy Center, titled “Dangerous and Close” revealed there are 166 schools, 165 child care providers, 21 nursing care providers and six hospitals within that radius. ...

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Feds: 1 dead in accident on drillship in Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS — Two federal agencies are investigating an accident that killed a man on a ship drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The owners say nobody else was hurt. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday on the drillship Pacific Santa Ana. Spokeswoman Amy Roddy says Pacific Drilling SA of Houston is not releasing any details about ...

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Professor: Texas major hub for human trafficking

Several years ago, Sandra Spencer said she blithely assumed sex trafficking was something that occurred outside the United States. “Well, the scales fell from my eyes, so to speak, when I attended the Texas Conference for Women in 2002,” said Spencer, a professor and the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at University of North Texas. Spencer spoke ...

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