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Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

SEATTLE (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a Seattle neighborhood early Wednesday, sending nine firefighters to the hospital and reducing businesses to rubble. Crews were responding to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main thoroughfare of the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, just north of downtown, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold said. As the ...

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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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More Arctic drilling protests planned in Seattle

SEATTLE — Critics of Arctic oil drilling are gathering Monday in Seattle, where a massive floating drill rig is parked on the waterfront. Organizers say they expected hundreds to turn out to block the gates to Terminal 5 and engage in civil disobedience to stop any work on the rig. The Polar Pioneer, which Shell hopes to use to drill ...

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Company: Giant oil rig to be towed to Seattle this week

SEATTLE — A giant floating oil rig currently anchored off Port Angeles, Washington, will be towed to Seattle this week despite the Seattle mayor’s assertion that the Port of Seattle can’t host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesman said Monday. In an email, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said the 400-foot-long Polar Pioneer ...

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The debate over Arctic drilling – what’s at stake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Seattle’s mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The U.S. Geological Survey estimates Arctic offshore reserves at 26 billion ...

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