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National project to harness microbes for health, environment

microbes

WASHINGTON (AP) — We share our bodies and surroundings with teeming communities of microbes that are crucial to the health of people and the planet, and now the Obama administration is beginning a major project to better understand those invisible ecosystems — and even control them. The National Microbiome Initiative announced Friday at the White House aims to bring together ...

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Testing to determine if spill tainted ND drinking water

Testing to determine if spill tainted ND drinking water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Regulators are monitoring tests to determine if an oil field spill near Williston has tainted drinking water sources in the area, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday. Denver-based Zavanna LLC told regulators a faulty valve caused a spill of more than 114,000 gallons of oily saltwater at a well site about 4 miles northeast ...

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Poll: New York voters back ban on fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new poll suggests that New Yorkers strongly back the Cuomo administration’s recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Quinnipiac University survey found that 55 percent of respondents support the decision on fracking and 25 percent oppose it. Citing risks to health and the environment, regulators last week announced the state would prohibit the ...

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Video released shows shocking pipeline statistics

The Center for Biological Diversity has released a video on their YouTube channel that reveals some shocking statistics about the safety of pipelines in the United States from 1986 to the present time. The video was put out as a way to educate people about the facts directly correlated to the safety surrounding pipelines amidst Keystone XL Pipeline talks. Related: Keystone ...

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Fracking’s dormant health risk

Sand used for fracking is continuing to pose a serious danger to oil field workers, and newly proposed regulations by the government are actually hindering the issue, not helping it, according to Nancy Lofholm of the Denver Post. Three years ago, government overseers of workplace safety first noted the sand problem and even issued a hazard alert a year later ...

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Residents in Wyoming town upset with increased oil traffic

Residents living in Laramie County, Wyoming are beginning to express their opinions over the proximity of oil production activities to their homes, according to Benjamin Storrow of the Casper Star-Tribune. State health officials are even getting involved in the situation. In a letter to local officials, state health official Tracy D. Murphy said, “Oil development in Laramie County is devastating ...

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First U.S. case of Ebola surfaces in Dallas

ebola disease

The first patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States remains in isolation at a Dallas hospital as federal and state health officials retrace his steps to identify each person he had contact with since his symptoms first appeared. The man, whose identity has not been released, became the first recorded case of the illness to occur ...

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EDITORIAL: Health complaints related to natural gas drilling shouldn’t be swept under the carpet

oil workers

If you developed a breathing problem soon after a natural gas company entered the neighborhood and drilled a new well, you’d hurry to a doctor. You’d probably also wonder if the industrial activity led to, or contributed to, your respiratory trouble. Yet for Pennsylvania residents, finding answers to — or even contributing potential evidence about — the possibility of a ...

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Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

pollution

Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Gov. Tom Corbett and 14 other Republican governors have sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their opposition to proposed federal controls on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants. The four-page Sept. 9 letter from the governors, almost all from coal-producing or coal-burning states, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its ...

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Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says

Neela Banerjee | Tribune Washington Bureau Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that people limit their ...

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