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5,300-gallon oil spill being cleaned in south Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a south Louisiana pipeline has been secured and authorities are investigating what caused roughly 5,300 gallons of crude oil to leak near Bay Long. The Coast Guard in New Orleans received a report Monday about the leak from a pipeline owned by Harvest Pipeline Company. The pipeline was struck by a Great ...

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WHY IT MATTERS: Climate Change

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WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It’s as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: one warming, one not. Clinton says climate change “threatens us all,” while Trump tweets that global warming is “mythical” and repeatedly refers to it as a “hoax.” Measurements and scientists say Clinton’s Earth is much closer to reality. ...

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US rig count down 2 this week to 489, Pennsylvania up 2

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HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by two this week to 489. A year ago, 877 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 81 explored for natural gas ...

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Tired of the Ups and Downs of the Contracting Business? Spray Foam May Be the Boost your Bottom Line Needs

Owning a contracting business has its ups and downs.  And when the “downs” outnumber the “ups,” it can be a little frightening. Keeping your cash flow steady and your employees busy is what makes a business successful, but when economic conditions, weather, or simply a slowdown in new business all hit at the same time, it can present a challenge. ...

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The hidden risk to the economy in corporate balance sheets

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NEW YORK (AP) — America has a debt problem, but it’s not what you think. Yes, the federal government owes trillions of dollars more than it did a few years ago. Yes, Americans are still struggling to pay off mortgages and student loans. But it’s the buildup in debt elsewhere that is most worrying some experts, and the big borrower ...

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The Latest: Dismal oil tract sale results due to low prices

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on federal oil lease sale (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal official says low oil prices are the reason few companies were interested in bidding in the latest oil lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico. The regional director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Michael Celata (sel-AH-tuh), says the $18 million ...

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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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5 most surprising features in today’s manufactured homes

Anyone shopping for a new house has probably spent a significant amount of time wrestling with a list of all the things they’d like in their new home. A garage to store bikes, a front porch for Sunday morning coffee, a walk-in closet, a kitchen island—the list is hard to fulfill. But homebuyers and renters might be missing the single, ...

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Feds to livestream Gulf oil and gas lease sale

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five months after protesters disrupted an oil and gas lease sale for tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is livestreaming a lease sale but closing the site in New Orleans where bids are read. Wednesday’s sale, offering all 23.8 million acres available for drilling and exploration off of Texas coast, will be the first ...

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Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.” Attorney Mikal Watts of San Antonio and four others were acquitted Thursday by a federal jury in ...

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