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At derailment site, weather impacting cleanup, progress moves slowly

BOOMER, W.Va. – About 10 tank cars remained strewn around the tracks as cleanup crews continue working on removing debris and soil following the derailment of an oil train in Fayette County last week, but weather is impeding efforts, officials said. “Weather has been a significant impact, not only from a safety point of view because it’s not level ground and ...

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Petroleum found in some fish near oil spill into Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. — Lab tests have detected petroleum in of some of the fish taken from the Yellowstone River downstream from where a ruptured oil pipeline spilled an estimated 30,000 gallons near Glendive in January. As a result, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has continued its fish consumption advisory for the stretch of river. “We weren’t expecting to ...

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Feds start full-scale probe into CSX train derailment

A week after a 109-car derailment of a CSX train at Powellton Hollow in Fayette County, two federal agencies announced Sunday that they are moving forward with a full-scale forensic investigation into what caused the accident. Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration said during Sunday’s press conference that inclement weather and safety concerns hindered ...

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How secure are ND’s pipelines and drilling sites?

A number of spills in North Dakota’s oil patch have got headlines recently, but at least one company is a little suspicious as to how they came to happen. “Hess spokesman John Roper said employees found wide-open valves on saltwater storage tanks on two well locations 3 miles apart,” the Bismarck Tribune reported. “We call that suspicious,” Roper told the ...

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Lafourche council may request delay in emission standards

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THIBODAUX, La. — The Lafourche Parish Council may approve a resolution asking the Environmental Protection Agency to delay implementing new emission standards. The Daily Comet reports the resolution, crafted by the parish administration, also asks the EPA to create a program allowing regional cooperation for communities that do not meet the standards. The council will consider the resolution Tuesday. In ...

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Cheap natural gas might doom new Fermi nuke plant

Federal regulators are close to approving construction of Michigan’s first new nuclear power reactor in more than a quarter century, although it’s an open question if it will ever get built. The proposed new reactor, named Fermi 3, would sit next to DTE Energy’s currently-operating Fermi 2 nuclear plant on Lake Erie near Monroe, about 30 miles south of Detroit. ...

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Still unclear what caused blast at California refinery

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — It’s still unclear what caused an explosion at an oil refinery outside Los Angeles, and there’s no timetable for when gas production will resume, the refinery manager said Friday. The Exxon Mobil refinery is currently not processing gasoline since Wednesday’s blast, “but we have stocks of gasoline in the refinery that we are supplying,” manager Brian ...

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Exxon appeals $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked federal regulators to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The Texas-based company asked the Department of Transportation to withdraw three of its four findings of pipeline safety violations. It also asked for the penalty amount to be reduced. ...

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BP’s new training center is all about safety

BP is amping up its offshore training program with the help of Maersk Training. BP and Maersk already work together for training in Europe, but a new agreement will expand the training program on a global scale, according to a company press release. Part of this agreement includes building a new facility in Houston equipped with state-of-the-art simulation technology. BP ...

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