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Cracks found at VC Summer nuclear plant; reactor head to be replaced in 2017

Roddie Burris, The State, Columbia, S.C. Five cracks found in a reactor head at the only currently operating nuclear plant at V.C. Summer in Jenkinsville are under repair, but S.C. Electric & Gas officials said Monday the company plans to replace the aging vessel head in 2017. The five cracks, uncovered in inspections last week during a routine plant shutdown, did ...

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Montana DEQ orders company to cease operations


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP)— The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has ordered a trucking company to cease operations in the eastern part of the state. DEQ officials said Dual Trucking and Transport, of Houma, La., has been accumulating mildly radioactive Bakken oil production waste at a landfill near Bainville without a permit. The waste site is a couple hundred yards upwind from ...

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Editorial: Texas should lead on global climate fix


San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — The biggest threat to Texas’ fracking-fueled economic miracle is global climate change. Environmental concerns — most notably the impact of carbon-based fuels on air quality and the atmosphere — are likely to play a major role in energy policy decisions in the foreseeable future. Sure, it’s counterintuitive, but the best path to ensure continued ...

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Explosion, fire destroy buildings in North Bend


By Jack Broom, The Seattle Times NORTH BEND, Washington – A suspected natural gas explosion and fire destroyed or damaged several businesses in North Bend early this morning, but officials report only two minor injuries. The manager of a gas station on the west end of the explosion had arrived about 3:30 a.m. to open the business and he heard fire ...

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ND leading the nation in workplace deaths


By Chris Hennen, The High Plains Reader A new, forthcoming report from the AFL-CIO on workplace-related deaths in 2012 in the United States shows North Dakota leading the nation, by far, in the number of deaths per 100,000 workers. The report entitled “Death on the Job” is compiled with preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. ...

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Coast Guard completes investigation into BP oil spill

Whiting Refinery

Joseph S. Pete, The Times, Munster, Ind. The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into the BP Whiting Refinery oil spill in Lake Michigan and forwarded its findings to a hearing officer in Washington, D.C. The hearing officer will decide within 30 days whether BP will face any fines, penalties or corrective actions for the spill, Lt. Brian Dykens ...

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Editorial: Ohio quakes shake up the fracking debate


The Santa Rosa Press Democrat In Anderson Springs and other towns near The Geysers, residents rock and roll through earthquakes triggered by geothermal energy production. The quakes tend to be small, rattling nerves but causing little if any damage. Yet these temblors occur more frequently since energy companies operating in the steamfields along the Sonoma-Lake county line started pumping wastewater ...

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Houston-based Baker Hughes to disclose its fracking chemicals

baker hughes

The Associated Press The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn’t committing to such disclosure. Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary Paula Gant said that Baker Hughes’ move “is an important step in ...

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Ohio’s Utica shale production up 28 percent for natural gas, 8 percent for oil in 4Q 2013

green barrels

by Bob Downing, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Utica shale natural gas production increased by 28 percent in the fourth quarter 2013, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In addition, oil production from the Utica shale jumped by 8 percent from third quarter 2013, the state said in releasing production totals from 352 horizontal wells. ...

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