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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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West Virginia lawmakers examining oil and gas worker safety

As Marcellus Shale drilling activity continues to increase in West Virginia, some state lawmakers are beginning to examine worker safety, according to a report by MetroNews. Last week several lawmakers met during an interim legislative committee meeting to discuss the safety standards for oil and gas operations. Some critics of the industry say that the standards aren’t strict enough, using ...

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Editorial: Let’s be clear in oil debate

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Recent conversations regarding safety of the booming crude oil business around the Port of Albany and on freight lines throughout the Capital Region have been muddled at best. The immediate safety dangers posed by the freight tankers filled with North Dakota Bakken crude continue to draw significant concern. Since 47 people died in summer 2013 when a crude oil train ...

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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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ND mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is considering new rules that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it’s loaded onto rail cars. The Department of Mineral Resources is slated to make a proposal Thursday that may require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from oil train shipments, a process some say would make ...

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Amite County officials have road worries

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LIBERTY, Miss.— The Amite County countryside rolls over 732 square miles and has sought-after timber and oil and natural gas reserves. The county’s road system is already used to big trucks. But now, with the busy Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil play, development has begun to enter a fever pitch. The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and ...

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Environmental disasters lurk in energy pipelines

Michigan’s increasing role in petroleum products transport doesn’t just pose potential risk; it’s already causing problems. An oil pipeline operated by Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge burst near Marshall in July 2010, resulting in the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The spill decimated Talmadge Creek, a tributary to the Kalamazoo River, and about 40 miles of the river. ...

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EDITORIAL: Crude booms, safety lags

Our opinion: Amid a crude oil boom, state and federal regulators need to heed local voices urging action on public health and rail safety. Federal and state regulators trying to grasp the downside of the booming crude oil business need look no further than the Capital Region to get a sense of the trepidation over the rail and oil industries’ ...

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Drug use prevents many from working in the Utica shale

Jobs in Ohio’s Utica shale region are plentiful, but many potential hires are having difficulty passing pre-employment drug tests, according to a report by Columbus Business First. Working with heavy and valuable machinery on other people’s property generally requires employer-mandated drug testing. Substances like marijuana aren’t usually the issue, but rather narcotics such as prescription pain killers and heroin that ...

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