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Cleaning with coconuts: a faster, safer, cheaper response to spills

An innovative mind can detect a resource amongst rubbish and formulate a solution from scraps. Joe Davids spotted an unlikely answer to workplace hazards— coconuts. From baking and cooking to health and beauty remedies, this versatile crop fills a variety of roles on a daily basis. While we often credit products made from coconut palm—the plant’s fruit—for oiling our cooking ...

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Lower levels of oil pollution harm herring and salmon, study finds

Federal scientists based in Seattle and Alaska have found that oil — by impairing heart functions — can cause serious harm to herring and salmon at far lower concentrations than previously documented. The research, published Tuesday online in Nature’s Scientific Reports, could help unravel the mystery of why herring stocks in Prince William Sound collapsed after the 1989 Exxon Valdez ...

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9-year-old injured in Russian Pipeline Fire (video)

An underwater oil pipeline was the cause of a giant oil slick fire in Moscow, Russia last week. Seriously, you have to see this video. The state-owned oil pipeline company Transneft initially confirmed its pipeline was involved in the unfortunate spill. But once the blaze was under control and the pipeline could be analyzed, no damage could be found, according ...

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Drilling begins in sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain

CASPER, Wyo. — A Colorado oil company has begun drilling test wells in key sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain after years-long resistance from local landowners and environmentalists. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that GRMR Oil and Gas began drilling the first of three wells Sunday in the south-central area of Wyoming. Earlier negotiations between GRMR and state officials resulted in the ...

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In Seattle, ‘kayaktivists’ take on Arctic oil drilling

SEATTLE — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront — but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change. The fast-approaching battle with so-called kayaktivists is unfolding in a city well known for embracing environmental causes, laying bare the high-stakes ...

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Rail car safety concerns SJ officials

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Calls for improved railroad tank car safety, following a string of derailments and explosive fires involving flammable liquids such as crude oil and ethanol, could help protect residents of San Joaquin County where hundreds of such tank cars move each month. Area government and railroad officials agree safer tank cars are needed but also say they are working to limit ...

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Refined-fuels surcharge for spill response passes Alaska House

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House on Wednesday narrowly passed legislation that would levy a surcharge on refined fuels distributed in the state to help fund an account used for the cleanup of contaminated sites, non-emergency spill response and other activities. HB 158, from Rep. Cathy Munoz would levy a 1-cent-per-gallon surcharge on refined fuel sold, transferred or used in ...

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Pipelines vs. rail tank cars

President Obama’s veto of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has major ramifications for North America’s energy future. But it also has intensified the debate about whether it is safer to transport crude oil via pipelines or railroad tank cars. Though statistics show pipelines are safer, more efficient at moving product, and, thus, release fewer climate-altering greenhouse gases than an equivalent ...

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Report due on oil pipeline effects in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota officials will learn more this week about the health, economic and environmental effects of pipelines carrying crude oil from North Dakota and Canada through Minnesota. A recent report prepared by several state agencies shows about 3.3 million barrels of crude oil cross Minnesota every day. About 80 percent of that oil is being transported by ...

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