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Enbridge to pay $61M penalty for 2010 Michigan oil spill

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners will pay a $61 million penalty for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history — a pipeline rupture in southwestern Michigan that polluted a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, federal officials said Wednesday. The settlement between U.S. government agencies and the Canadian company concluded years of negotiations following the ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

lesser prairie chicken

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Utah national monument proposal stirs fierce debate

Utah, cave drawings,

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of papers held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only protections in place ...

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Tornado warning forces 3 world leaders into school basement

Bush Clinton Blair tornado

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three former world leaders were forced to take shelter in the lower level of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock’s Central ...

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Electric company urges Pokemon Go players to use caution

Pokemon

SUMMERDALE, Ala. (AP) — The Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative is warning Pokemon Go players to stay away from power lines, transformers and substations when playing the game. The Summerdale-based company said in a statement Thursday that players should “exercise extreme caution” while attempting to catch Pokemon. It says electric utilities cannot control where the Pokemon appear, making it important for ...

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Where’s the value in contractor vetting?

contractor safety

ISNetworld, BROWZ, First Verify, PICS, and other third party vetting providers serve to ensure that your health and safety programs and practices meet client requirements.  To put it another way, if you want a client’s business, you’d better have what the client is looking for.  The formal vetting of contractors to pre-qualify them for work has been around for a ...

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House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe

CLIMATE CHANGE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas Wednesday to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts ...

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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

California, climate change, cap-and-trade

California’s landmark cap-and-trade program to fight climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels would survive long past Gov. Jerry Brown’s time in office under a state proposal Tuesday. The initiative from the state’s Air Resources Board is part of a push by Brown’s administration to ensure that some of his programs to curb carbon emissions continue after Brown, a prominent figure globally ...

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