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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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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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Pemex says fire put out on tanker off Mexico’s Gulf coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire on a tanker carrying gasoline and diesel off Mexico’s Gulf coast was put out Sunday, a day after the blaze began, the country’s state oil company said. Firefighting boats had battled the blaze since Saturday aboard the Burgos, which is owned by the company, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. A Pemex statement Sunday night said ...

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Pipeline will soon reopen, carrying gasoline to 5 states

natural gas pipeline, pipeline spill

ATLANTA (AP) — Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500-foot (152-meter) section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, ...

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The Latest: Agency: Leak led to vapors in air, dead animals

Alabama pipeline spill, fuel shortage

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the gas shortage caused by a pipeline spill (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Federal officials say highly flammable vapors keep investigators from the site of a gas leak for the first few days after it was discovered. The pipeline leak in Alabama has led to gas shortages across the South. Harmful chemicals in the ...

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Swiss traders blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa

West Africa, dirty petrol, sulfur

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for low standards and failure to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in ...

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Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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