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Bottoms-up —Realizing You Need Safety When it’s Too Late

The belief is that every alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before they realize they have a problem and can start on the road to recovery.  With some employers the same can be said about their safety program.  What triggering event will it take to shake them up and get them to understand that they have requirements to follow and ...

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Nigerian oil militants declare ceasefire, ready to negotiate

Louisiana oil spill

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leading oil militants have declared a conditional ceasefire in attacks that are losing the West African nation a million barrels of oil a day. The Niger Delta Avengers also say they are willing to negotiate a peace deal. A statement posted on the group’s website and dated Saturday says they will continue an undeclared “cessation ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

california wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides Wednesday, instantly incinerating homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. A day after it ignited in brush left tinder-dry by years of drought, the blaze had spread ...

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‘Act of God’: Ruinous flooding catches Louisiana off guard

Louisiana weather, flooding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An act of God is how some are describing it, a catastrophic 48-hour torrent of rain that sent thousands of people in Louisiana scrambling for safety and left many wondering how a region accustomed to hurricanes could get caught off guard so badly. At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 have ...

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North Dakota patrol asks motorists to avoid pipeline protest

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid state Highway 1806 near Fort Rice because of an oil pipeline protest along the road. Troopers say traffic delays are expected on the highway that runs through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are protesting ...

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NIPSCO to raze closed plant, clean site for development

coal-fired power plant, pollution

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is moving ahead with a project to demolish a long-shuttered Gary power plant and clean up the site along Lake Michigan. The Merrillville-based utility says the demolition of its Dean H. Mitchell power plant and the site’s environmental cleanup will cost an estimated $18 million. NIPSCO says it will work with ...

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Study: Most sources of methane hot spot are gas facilities

methane, natural gas production, Four Corners

DENVER (AP) — Most methane sources contributing to a puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas over the Southwestern United States appear to be natural gas production facilities, scientists said Monday. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Global warming polarizes more than abortion

global warming, polar bear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures. Two decades ago, the issue of climate change wasn’t as contentious. The leading U.S. Senate proponent of taking action on global warming was Republican John McCain. George W. Bush wasn’t as zealous on the issue as his Democratic opponent for president in 2000, Al Gore, but he, too, ...

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