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As family of 6 recovers from house blast, investigators trace illegal gas hookup

home explosion

Five of the six family members — including two toddlers — injured in a house explosion on Detroit’s east side Thursday night are still recovering after suffering severe burns from the fire that leveled the house. Meanwhile Friday, investigators were puzzling out who may have illegally hooked up the stove to a gas line, with suspicions pointing not to the ...

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Oil sector withholds information about rail cargoes, says U.S. Regulator

Close up of old rusted large train engine Train Coupling Rods

By Reuters Media  WASHINGTON – U.S. transport regulators on Friday criticized the oil industry for not sharing important information about the kinds of rail shipments that were involved in a number of recent fiery derailments. In letters with regulators and testimony to lawmakers, leaders of trade groups like the American Petroleum Institute have said since January that they will share results ...

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Second crude oil train safety check finds minor problems

rail yard

ALBANY — Three Capital Region rail yards were the latest targets in an ongoing “inspection blitz” touted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to reduce risks of potential derailments and explosions of massive crude oil trains that are passing through the state. State and federal inspectors hit the sprawling West Albany yard, just south of Interstate 90; the Kenwood ...

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Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

duke energy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company’s board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge. A letter sent to Duke’s board of directors Thursday by a coalition of more than 20 large institutional investors says their confidence ...

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Texas nuclear disposal site steps in to store WIPP-bound waste

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

ANDREWS, Texas >> Transuranic waste produced at Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to be shipped off the hill and into temporary storage at a private facility in Texas next week. The Waste Control Specialists nuclear waste disposal site, located just east of Eunice, straddling the Texas-New Mexico border, will receive anywhere from 100 to 170 shipments of contact-handled waste ...

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CFPUA – Area drinking water unaffected by coal ash spill

coal ash

Complications from Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill and related wastewater dumping continue, but local drinking water supplies remain unaffected and are unlikely to be threatened, even if a similar spill were to occur closer to Wilmington, according to officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. “Several factors are in our favor — location, distance and preparedness,” said Mike ...

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OSHA calls for silica limit: Proposed silica limit would hurt fracking industry, group says

sand

A proposed lower limit of silica exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would drastically affect the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute is one of about 80 organizations and industry groups that will speak in Washington, D.C., at hearings stretching from Tuesday through April 4. The hearings are a part of ...

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Odessa car theft results in multiple stab wounds

A 22-year-old man sustained serious injuries in a stabbing that erupted Wednesday after he tried to retrieve his stolen car. The Odessa American Eagle reports Jose Pinon-Arroyo was pumping gas at a Stripes gas station on West University in Odessa when a man stole his gold Ford Contour and drove off. Pinon-Arroyo later spotted the suspect inside the stolen vehicle ...

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