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Wisconsin lawmakers introduce rail safety bill in wake of two derailments

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced new rail safety legislation after a weekend during which two trains derailed about 200 miles apart in the state, spilling oil and chemicals. Rep. Jill Billings, D-La Crosse, announced Tuesday that she is circulating a bill that would fund more state rail inspectors and training for first responders while requiring railroads to submit emergency prevention and ...

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Climate awareness and the economy influenced Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

When a Canadian company first proposed building the Keystone XL oil pipeline in 2008, Barack Obama was a presidential candidate running to end wars, climate change was a fringe issue to many people and the nation was entering a devastating recession that would send the unemployment rate soaring to 10%. But the politics of climate and oil shifted dramatically in ...

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Scientists: Colorado water safe to drink despite drilling

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Scientists at Colorado State University say there’s little evidence that drinking water has been contaminated by oil and gas drilling in the northeastern part of the state. The Coloradoan reports that civil and environment engineering professor Ken Carlson led studies analyzing the impact of oil and gas drilling on groundwater in the 6,700-square-mile Denver-Julesburg Basin. More ...

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Train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol

ALMA, Wis. — Crews are working to clear a freight train derailment in western Wisconsin that spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol. BNSF Railway said crews continued Sunday to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and get the cars back on the tracks. The train derailed Saturday about two miles north of Alma, a town along the Mississippi River. Some ...

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4 hatches found open in sunken barge in lake

KELLEYS ISLAND — The sunken tanker barge Argo is not leaking now, but when it sank 78 years ago during a Lake Erie gale it may have lost some of its 200,000-gallon cargo into the lake bottom. A Coast Guard contractor is scheduled to start taking 20-foot-deep samples today from the lake bottom around the wrecked barge, which was lost ...

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Shipwrecks posing threat to US waters hold many unknowns

TOLEDO, Ohio — Dozens of shipwrecks scattered along America’s coasts are thought to be holding oil and certainly will start leaking someday as corrosion eats away at their tanks. Preventing that just isn’t possible, experts say, because funding for such a huge effort doesn’t exist and there are too many unknowns about the locations of those wrecks and the cargo ...

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Black lung debated during federal oversight hearing

House Democrats called for strengthening health and safety protection for miners to prevent black lung disease during a recent oversight hearing. They want the addition of tools needed to enforce safety standards and making it faster for miners to file a claim. During the hearing, two witnesses testified in support of legislative reforms to parts of the Robert C. Byrd ...

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