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Water and wildlife may be at risk from fracking’s toxic chemicals, panel finds


Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals — the impacts of which are for the most part unknown — that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel. The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps ...

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Refugio State Beach to reopen two months after oil spill

Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County will reopen to the public next week, two months after a pipeline ruptured and fouled the coast with thousands of gallons of thick black crude. Response officials toured the beach Thursday and cleared it to reopen July 17 at noon. “We have made great progress and we are stoked,” said Eric Hjelstrom, state ...

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Biloxi settles with BP for $4.9 million

BILOXI, Miss. — The city of Biloxi is accepting $4.9 million from BP as part of a group settlement of local government claims for economic losses caused by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, BP and five coastal states announced a deal to provide $18.7 billion in new money to the states. The company ...

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Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance have a right ...

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1 barrel of natural gas liquids spills at gathering pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Health Department says a barrel of natural gas liquids spilled at a gathering pipeline and entered a tributary to Dry Fork Creek in Williams County. North Dakota Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman says the spill was reported Saturday by pipeline owner Hess Tioga Gas Plant LLC. Rockeman says state inspectors and cleanup contractors were ...

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CSX to hold public meeting on oil train derailment cleanup

MONTGOMERY — Five months after the CSX oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, the railroad will hold a “public availability session” later this month to discuss past, current and future cleanup efforts. According to information provided by the railroad, CSX remains in Phase I of a two-phase cleanup plan. This part focuses on short-term remediation efforts with the goal of ...

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Two die at Petrobras terminal; fire hits offshore platform – union

RIO DE JANEIRO – Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents, a union representing oil workers said in a statement. The workers drowned after scaffolding they were erecting collapsed at the end of a pier operated by Transpetro, Petrobras’ pipeline ...

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New research fuels ongoing fight over methane emissions

Eleven new studies published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology today suggest that methane emissions in North Texas are 50 percent higher than estimates based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas inventory, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. In 2013, the EPA dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas such as methane, ...

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Mayflower oil spill consent decree put up for court approval

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The federal government has asked a U.S. District Court judge to approve a final version of a consent decree with the state of Arkansas and Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower in central Arkansas. The U.S. Department of Justice filing says Arkansas and two Exxon Mobil subsidiaries are in agreement about the decree. ...

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