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Volkswagen official urges US to consider fallout of fines

Volkswagen official urges US to consider fallout of fines

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Volkswagen’s employee council said Tuesday he hopes that American authorities will consider the potential fallout on jobs in the U.S. and beyond as they mull what fines to impose on the company over its emissions-rigging scandal. The cost to Volkswagen of the scandal that erupted in September remains unclear. In January, the Justice Department ...

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Colorado increases fines for oil, gas drilling violations

DENVER — Colorado regulators have put in place new rules increasing the fines that oil and gas companies could face for violating state rules. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Monday raised the maximum fine to $15,000 for each violation, up from $1,000 previously. The commission also eliminated an overall cap of $10,000 in fines for each violation. ...

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Power companies not on board with plans for polar vortex

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David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The group that operates the regional power grid for 13 states says it has several plans to avoid blackouts if the mid-Atlantic experiences another so-called polar vortex. PJM Interconnection wants to test how quickly some little-used power generators could fire up their plants if needed and increase penalties to companies that can’t meet commitments to ...

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Negative publicity does more damage to Marcellus Shale drilling companies than fines

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The state Department of Environmental Protection fines drillers to try to get them to change behavior, but to giant Marcellus Shale drilling companies, $10,000 or even $100,000-plus fines are inconsequential. For them, the worst part of a well-site accident is bad publicity. “The fine is nowhere near as damaging as the press coverage and ...

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Drillers did not report half of spills that led to fines

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Half the spills at Marcellus Shale well sites that resulted in fines weren’t spotted by gas companies, which are required by state law to look for and report spills of drilling-related fluids. That is one of the main conclusions of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of hundreds of thousands of state and company documents for ...

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Chevron settles with EPA over two Utah spills

John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media A settlement worth $875,000 to amend for oil spills in Utah was reached between Chevron Pipe Line Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday. According to an EPA press release, Chevron agreed to pay the amount for their violations of the Clean Water Act. Two violations were accounted for, one incident associated ...

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Million-dollar fines hopefully send warning to truckers

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By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune Black Hills Trucking, of Wyoming, could be fined more than $1 million for allegedly dumping saltwater in Williams County and for hauling oil field waste without a license. One of the company’s drivers has been personally charged in a case that state officials hope sends a strong warning to the trucking and oil industry that it will ...

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