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Feds receive thousands of comments on Atlantic drilling

Atlantic Ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Thousands of opinions poured in Monday as the deadline approached for commenting on the contentious issue of drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was receiving comments through midnight Monday on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement of offshore drilling, which later this decade could ...

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Editorial: Taking a deeper look at safety of fracking

When Sen. Fran Pavley pushed the toughest fracking regulations in the nation through the Legislature in 2013, she insisted on requiring a statewide environmental impact review of the practice. If it showed a need for tougher laws, the Agoura Hills Democrat said she would lead the charge. The facts are trickling in, and Pavley may want to start looking for ...

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Holy Smoke: EPA wants to regulate BBQ grills?

Hide your wieners. And your burgers, and your chicken quarters and your T-bones. It appears the EPA has funded a $15,000 grant geared at among other things “limiting the overall air pollution … and alleviating some of the acute health problems” associated with backyard barbecue grills. Students at the University of California Riverside received the grant as part of the ...

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Wyoming suit contests federal rules for public land drilling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming filed a lawsuit Thursday contesting new federal rules for oil and gas drilling on public land, alleging in part that they interfere with Wyoming’s state rules. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Wyoming also claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management overstepped its statutory jurisdiction with the rules and that they conflict with the Safe Drinking ...

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Prospects minimal to recover more oil from Yellowstone spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation. Paul Peronard with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that about 2,500 gallons of oil were recovered. That’s just over 8 percent of the amount spilled. Because there are ...

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Nebraskans: We don’t want your wastewater

If Nebraska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s public hearing Tuesday is any indication, Nebraskans are adamant in their objection to a proposed oil field disposal well in Sioux County. Unable to reach a conclusion, the commission will continue to deliberate on the matter. The Omaha World-Herald reports that of the 50 residents to speak at the six-hour hearing, only three ...

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California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

SAN FRANCISCO — Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state’s energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state’s hydroelectric dams for the year. Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring ...

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