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Edwards vs. Landry in O & G lawsuits

Louisiana wetlands

It doesn’t seem to be as much a battle between environmentalists and big oil as it does about a battle between Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. The Louisiana Record reported Dec. 4 that the standoff between the two officials is partly due to the reversal of Judge Stephen Enright Jr.’s decision to allow Jefferson ...

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4 companies plead guilty to federal clean air violations

clean air violations Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Four companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million for criminal clean air violations at two Southeast Texas oil and chemical processing facilities. Papers filed in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont show KTX Limited and KTX Properties Inc. pleaded guilty to negligently releasing hazardous air pollutants in a tank explosion at ...

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Clinton brings in Gore as closer on climate change

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MIAMI (AP) — Al Gore laid out the environmental stakes of the presidential race in stark terms during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, arguing that electing her opponent would lead to “climate catastrophe.” Vice president during Clinton’s husband’s eight years in the White House and a longtime environmental activist, Gore served as a closer for Clinton on climate ...

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Why strive to be the best when good enough is good enough?

safety, workplace safety

I encourage my daughter to try her best at everything she does in hopes that she becomes the best.  After all what parent wouldn’t want to see their kid standing on the podium at the Olympics with a gold medal hanging around their neck?  But what’s the cost of becoming the best, and isn’t it ok to just be “good”? ...

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Hurricane Matthew: Why evacuation is necessary [video]

hurricane matthew

As reports about the devastation from Hurricane Matthew flood in, no pun intended, we can’t help feel concern for our neighbors on the southeastern coast of the United States. In North Dakota, on the plains, we have wind all the time. People from out of state visit and comment about the constant wind. And we do get occasional tornadoes. But after ...

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I never used to believe testimonials until I became one

spray foam insulation

As an industrial writer, I run across case studies and case histories for companies I work with all the time. Most of the time I take those with a grain of salt, figuring a company isn’t going to tout a case study when their product didn’t work. So I was intrigued when I was asked to write a story about ...

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Iran oil industry fires, blasts raise suspicions of hacking

Iran, hacking

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking potentially playing a role, with authorities saying that “viruses had contaminated” equipment at several of the affected complexes. Iran officially insists the six known blazes over the span of three months weren’t the result of a cyberattack. However, the ...

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No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show

electric cars, Paris auto show

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, to be a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric vehicles. Most prominently, Volkswagen will unveil a new small electric car as part of its pivot from diesel to more electric models as it ...

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In ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ an ecological disaster’s human toll

Deepwater Horizon, Mike Williams, Mark Wahlberg

TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else. “My 11 brothers that got killed were immediately forgotten,” Williams said, speaking from his Sulphur Springs, Texas, ...

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Helicopter crash off Angola kills 4, Chevron says

helicopter crash, Angola, Chevron

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chevron says four people were killed when a helicopter crashed on the way to an oil facility off the coast of Angola. A statement by the oil company says the helicopter left Cabinda province on Monday afternoon with five passengers and a pilot. Four of the five passengers were contractors, and the fifth was an employee of ...

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