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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

fracking, asthma

CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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Utah national monument proposal stirs fierce debate

Utah, cave drawings,

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of papers held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only protections in place ...

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Tornado warning forces 3 world leaders into school basement

Bush Clinton Blair tornado

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three former world leaders were forced to take shelter in the lower level of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock’s Central ...

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Electric company urges Pokemon Go players to use caution

Pokemon

SUMMERDALE, Ala. (AP) — The Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative is warning Pokemon Go players to stay away from power lines, transformers and substations when playing the game. The Summerdale-based company said in a statement Thursday that players should “exercise extreme caution” while attempting to catch Pokemon. It says electric utilities cannot control where the Pokemon appear, making it important for ...

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Where’s the value in contractor vetting?

contractor safety

ISNetworld, BROWZ, First Verify, PICS, and other third party vetting providers serve to ensure that your health and safety programs and practices meet client requirements.  To put it another way, if you want a client’s business, you’d better have what the client is looking for.  The formal vetting of contractors to pre-qualify them for work has been around for a ...

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Pumping on hold as fire burns at New Mexico oil facility

New Mexico fire

NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) — All pumping remains on hold at an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico after a fire was sparked earlier this week. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started Monday when 36 temporary storage tanks caught fire. Four tanks were still burning Thursday, and the flames were being allowed to burn out. WPX says it ...

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House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe

CLIMATE CHANGE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas Wednesday to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts ...

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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

California, climate change, cap-and-trade

California’s landmark cap-and-trade program to fight climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels would survive long past Gov. Jerry Brown’s time in office under a state proposal Tuesday. The initiative from the state’s Air Resources Board is part of a push by Brown’s administration to ensure that some of his programs to curb carbon emissions continue after Brown, a prominent figure globally ...

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About 840 gallons of oil, water mix winds up in Sully Creek

oil and water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 840 gallons of an oil and water mixture spilled off a well pad in Billings County and into Sully Creek. The spill happened Monday at a site about four miles west of Fryburg. The well is operated by Hess Bakken Investments II. The company estimates that 8,400 gallons ...

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Trump’s denial of climate science at odds with world leaders

donald trump, climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — If elected president, Donald Trump would be the only head of state in the world to contend that climate change is a hoax, according to a study. The Sierra Club compiled public statements from the leaders of the 195 nations recognized by the State Department. An advance copy of the group’s report, released Tuesday, was provided to ...

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