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Eco-groups file notice with EPA for new federal regulations on disposing of drilling wastes

A coalition of environmental organizations on Wednesday filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. That includes Ohio injection wells for liquid drilling wastes that have triggered earthquakes and low-level radioactive waste from drill cuttings ...

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Katrina and the next crisis

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Monday, Aug. 24: On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall over southern Louisiana, causing unprecedented destruction along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans. Ten years later, what can we say we learned? The Gulf Coast survived. New Orleans survived. Yet the scars run deep — not only for the ...

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Navajo Nation committee hears irrigation concerns from chapter officials

FARMINGTON — Chapter officials reported to the Navajo Nation’s Resources and Development Committee Tuesday about the impact the closure of the San Juan River is having on agriculture. Water-use restrictions remain in place for the portion of the river that flows through the Nation. Tribal officials issued the restrictions after toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine flowed into the ...

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Oil and gas spill report for Aug. 24

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 which 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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North Dakota motorists urged to be cautious during harvest

BISMARCK, N.D. — The fall harvest is underway in North Dakota, and the state Transportation Department is urging motorists to share the road with farm equipment. Safety Division Director Karin Mongeon says motorists should use caution, especially on rural, two-lane roads. Mongeon says most crashes with large, slow-moving agricultural equipment are due to inattention, speeding and unsafe passing. Last year ...

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Downturn brings spike in oilfield crime

The crew from Liberty Fishing and Rental Tools returned to a well near Snyder last week and noticed they’d been hit. The tires had been stolen off a trailer they use to for their work freeing equipment stuck in a wellbore. President and co-owner Monnie Sparkman said the tires would cost about $1,500 to replace — “not that big of ...

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Explosions put Bakken crude oil on state rail radar

About 18 months ago, Minnesota safety experts noted the heavily publicized explosions of trains carrying crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken formation through other states and Canada and realized many of those trains were coming through this state. That led to more training for firefighters and other first responders, including in several towns in this region. Because of the ...

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