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Regulator: Corroded pipeline likely cause of saltwater spill

Photo: Spill by Sarah Camp via Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department says a corroded steel pipeline is the likely cause of a big saltwater spill in Bowman County. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the 168,000-gallon spill occurred Tuesday morning about 9 miles southwest of Rhame at a well site owned by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The company did not return telephone ...

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China city suspends search for nuclear fuel facility

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BEIJING (AP) — A city in eastern China city on Wednesday suspended preliminary work on site selection for a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility following days of protests by area residents that underscored a growing willingness by the public to oppose projects seen as threatening lives and property. A one sentence notice posted Wednesday on the website of the Lianyungang city ...

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State Health Council ratifies radioactive waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s State Health Council ratified Tuesday a reapproval of rules allowing elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be dumped at certain landfills. The 11-member advisory panel to the state Health Department voted unanimously to reapprove last year’s rules allowing 50 picocuries per gram of concentrations of TENORM — technologically enhanced radioactive material. It had ...

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Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents

Residents of Rugby, North Dakota are weary of a proposed plan to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste in a nearby 3-mile-deep borehole. (Image: Green MPs via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday ordered the agency to produce the documents within a week so Winmill can determine whether to ...

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Kasich order creates hotline for oil and gas emergencies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has ordered creation of a single-call notification system for oil-and-gas emergencies and authorized two state departments to start setting it up. An order Kasich signed Tuesday follows his veto last year of budget language he found inadequate that sought to streamline reporting of spills of oil, brine and other hazardous substances, ...

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UK coast guards warn sightseers away from oil rig on beach

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LONDON (AP) — Police are warning people to stay away from an oil rig that was blown onto a remote Scottish beach in a storm. The Transocean Winner drilling rig was being towed when it broke free of its tug and ran aground on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland’s west coast on Monday. Environmental groups have expressed concern, but ...

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Appeals court: Judge was right to nix oilfield death suit

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a South Dakota man who was killed in an accident in the North Dakota oil patch five years ago. Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Kronberg, of Bison, South Dakota, was electrocuted in May 2011 when he stepped onto a ...

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Man waiting for late father’s Wah Chang compensation

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As of last week, 219 current or former Wah Chang employees or their survivors had received more than $35 million in benefits as compensation from the federal government for cancers contracted through radiation exposure at the Millersburg metals refinery. Most of them owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Backer, whose petition on behalf of his ...

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Connecticut house explosion injures 7, sends debris flying

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VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a house to explode in Connecticut, injuring seven people, including four children, and sending debris flying. Police, fire and rescue crews responded to the home in Vernon on Thursday afternoon. Three of the victims were outside when rescuers arrived, while the other four were trapped in the rubble. Crews ...

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