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Oil spill reporting slow but Highland area water safe

HIGHLAND — Officials in Highland and Grantfork are assessing emergency response tactics two days after a crude oil spill threatened local water supplies. But the water is safe, they said Sunday. About five hours passed Friday before emergency officials in those two eastern Madison County jurisdictions learned of the crude oil that had spilled into Silver Creek earlier that day, ...

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Water and wildlife may be at risk from fracking’s toxic chemicals, panel finds

Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals — the impacts of which are for the most part unknown — that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel. The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps ...

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Ex-oil hand turns to crime during slump


Its still hard times for roustabouts and as some have taken to other fields of work, one Texas man turned to the black market of human smuggling for cash. According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, Brandon Lee Gamez was recently arrested near Freer, Texas. Federal prosecutors claim he drove a truck down a rural road known for drug ...

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Biloxi settles with BP for $4.9 million

BILOXI, Miss. — The city of Biloxi is accepting $4.9 million from BP as part of a group settlement of local government claims for economic losses caused by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, BP and five coastal states announced a deal to provide $18.7 billion in new money to the states. The company ...

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CSX to hold public meeting on oil train derailment cleanup

MONTGOMERY — Five months after the CSX oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, the railroad will hold a “public availability session” later this month to discuss past, current and future cleanup efforts. According to information provided by the railroad, CSX remains in Phase I of a two-phase cleanup plan. This part focuses on short-term remediation efforts with the goal of ...

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Soldiers arrive in Saskatchewan to battle raging wildfires

LA RONGE, Saskatchewan — Canadian soldiers arrived Tuesday to help battle raging wildfires in the western province of Saskatchewan, where more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. The smoke has triggered air quality warnings across the U.S. West and Midwest. Premier Brad Wall said it is the biggest evacuation effort in Saskatchewan’s history. Karen Hill, a spokeswoman ...

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