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Groups seeking comprehensive US review of pipelines

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia legislators and “clean energy” advocates are seeking a comprehensive review of natural gas pipelines that include two that would be laid from West Virginia and through Virginia. They plan to outline their pitch to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. They argue that the present review is piecemeal. Energy companies are proposing hundreds of miles ...

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4th worker died after pipeline explosion

HOUMA, La. — The Terrebonne Parish coroner’s office says a fourth man has died of injuries from an explosion at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in Gibson. Three men died immediately Oct. 8, and two were critically injured. Chief investigator Danny Theriot (TER-ee-oh) tells The Courier that 56-year-old Michael Hill of Paris, Tennessee, died Oct. 12. He says Theriot worked ...

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Study reveals proximity of schools, hospitals to fracking activity

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Thousands of Pennsylvania residents attend school or receive health care within one mile of a permitted natural gas fracking well site, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Penn Environment Research & Policy Center, titled “Dangerous and Close” revealed there are 166 schools, 165 child care providers, 21 nursing care providers and six hospitals within that radius. ...

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New treatment plant running at site of Colorado mine spill

DENVER — A temporary treatment plant has begun cleaning up polluted water flowing from the Gold King Mine in Colorado after an accident sent millions of gallons of waste into rivers in three states, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. The plant is running 24 hours a day and processing up to 800 gallons per minute, including waste discharging from ...

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New Mexico to release monitoring plan for mine spill

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico is developing a plan that will guide long-term monitoring activities in the wake of a spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine. The state is expected to release a draft of the plan Tuesday. Officials are urging tribes, local leaders, concerned residents and researchers to weigh in during a 30-day comment period. A public meeting ...

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Number of dolphin deaths leveling off after oil spill

TAMPA, Fla. — Scientists say the number of dead dolphins washing shore is declining five years after the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the number of dolphins and whales killed by exposure to the oil was 1,433. About 87 percent were bottlenose dolphins. Some washed ashore dead, other were stillborn ...

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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Oct. 19

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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New technology is keeping the air we breathe under an unprecedented level of scrutiny

Measure twice, cut once, they say. Unless you are trying to save the planet. In that case, measure and cut constantly. Rising calls to create cleaner air and limit climate change are driving a surge in new technology for measuring air emissions and other pollutants — a data revolution that is opening new windows into the micro-mechanics of environmental damage. ...

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