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Coal ash could leak from landfills, environmentalists warn

coal ash

An environmental group suggested Monday that Duke Energy not bury its coal ash in landfills but turn it into large “saltstone” structures less likely to pollute. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League held an afternoon news conference in Raleigh to urge that Duke not be allowed to use landfills to dispose of its waste from the Dan River ash basin ...

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Duke Energy: Cleaning up coal ash ‘is going to take time’

coal ash

Duke Energy made no promise to South Carolina regulators Monday that it would clean out and remove pollutant-riddled coal ash from waste ponds at an aging Upstate power plant. During a meeting with the state Public Service Commission in Columbia, Duke representatives said the company has more than 100 million tons of coal ash at power plants, some of which ...

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‘Significant’ oil spill closes US ship channel

soiled beach

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship ...

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Residents: Quakes, fracking are linked

broken window

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The first time Judy Pack felt the earth move, she was asleep in her house in rural Mahoning County, just a few houses from the Pennsylvania state line. A natural-gas processing plant had recently been built across the street; Hilcorp Energy, a Texas oil company, had started drilling and fracking for gas about 3 miles away. ...

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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum revises its story

museum tour

Workers at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum already started packing the photos, the papers of old oilmen and the other archives, taking them to the library in downtown Midland. And beginning mid-April, many of the artifacts of the region’s booms and busts will come down too, as the museum’s long-anticipated renovation begins. Then, for the next-18 months or so, the ...

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EDITORIAL: This is no time for DENR to spare the rod

DENR

Duke Energy sought permission last year to conduct routine maintenance at its Cape Fear River plant in Chatham County. Officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources knew the company might adjust water levels in its coal-ash ponds. State inspectors discovered a pumping operation last week that has dumped 61 million gallons of wastewater into the Cape Fear ...

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

shorebird profile

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. Booms were brought ...

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DENR abandons settlement with Duke over coal ash lawsuits

DENR

The state’s environmental regulatory agency on Friday abandoned attempts to reach a settlement in its lawsuits against Duke Energy and also announced it was calling in its federal counterpart to help force the utility to clean up coal ash pollution. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources notified a Wake County Superior Court judge Friday that it wanted to ...

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