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Feds close probe of refinery blast that killed 7

Gene Johnson | The Associated Press SEATTLE — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes. The decision was shared with victims’ relatives earlier in the day, said Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle. Prosecutors ...

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Keystone XL Opponents Running Out of New Ideas


Mark Green |Energy Tomorrow Blog Ever since the Keystone XL pipeline first started clearing environmental reviews by the U.S. State Department, opponents basically have been left with arguing that State missed one thing or another in an effort to drag out the federal review. Of course, the credibility of the tactic has suffered evaporation with each successful State review, now ...

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Pollard, other opponents again ask port to reconsider oil

Aaron Corvin | The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) Opponents of building the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver renewed their calls on the port Tuesday to re-open its lease for the project, approved in 2013, and to conduct a public hearing in light of new information about safety problems and other risks. At least 18 people who oppose the ...

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Dina Cappiello | The Associated Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy ...

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Anti-export protesters arrested


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Over two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington today during a protest against a planned natural gas export facility in Maryland. Activists carrying anti-fracking and anti-export signs were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The FERC is expected to issue an order allowing conversion of the former import terminal ...

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Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

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By PHUONG LE and MATTHEW BROWN | Associated Press SEATTLE — Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department’s own findings that those accidents pose an “imminent hazard.” The petition filed Tuesday by the Sierra Club and ...

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2nd thoughts on 3 oil terminals

Aaron Corvin | The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) The town of Westport, dotting a windswept peninsula that juts into Grays Harbor, shows off panoramic views and offers tourists an affable collection of restaurants and stores festooned with American flags. Make no mistake, though, it’s a flinty workplace where many jobs remain tied to natural resources in the harbor itself. The town’s ...

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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Nicholas K. Geranios | Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, ...

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Nuclear plant tests thousands of air samples


Nicholas K. Geranios | Associated Press RICHLAND, Wash. — Officials say about 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem. But Hanford officials said Wednesday that doesn’t mean that vapors aren’t making workers sick. Related: AP Exclusive: ...

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Oil train dangers extend past Bakken


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said. Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said all crude shipments are flammable and can damage ...

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