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California disaster top methane release in US history

Study: California leak was top methane release in US history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study ...

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Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the ...

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Pipeline spill leaks 149 barrels of briny oil wastewater

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Health Department officials say a pipeline leak in Dunn County spilled more than 6,250 gallons of oil and saltwater, a byproduct of oil production. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says Marathon Oil reported the 149-barrel spill Tuesday at a well it owns about 6 miles north of Killdeer. The Houston-based company did not immediately ...

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Virginia issues violation notice to Dominion for spill

Potomac, Maryland

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia environmental regulators are issuing a notice of violation to Dominion Virginia Power for a mineral oil spill that fouled a portion of the Potomac River in northern Virginia. The notice issued Friday by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is a first step to ensure that Dominion is held accountable for the Feb. 3 spill. ...

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State: Coudersport OK to use wells tainted by driller’s soap

COUDERSPORT, Pa (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Coudersport is OK to resume using two drinking water wells tainted with soap by natural gas drillers last fall. The DEP is still investigating the soap that tainted the Coudersport wells and several others after leaking from JKLM Energy’s natural gas drilling pad in Sweden Township in late September. Some 55 ...

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