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The Latest: Agency: Leak led to vapors in air, dead animals

Alabama pipeline spill, fuel shortage

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the gas shortage caused by a pipeline spill (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Federal officials say highly flammable vapors keep investigators from the site of a gas leak for the first few days after it was discovered. The pipeline leak in Alabama has led to gas shortages across the South. Harmful chemicals in the ...

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Swiss traders blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa

West Africa, dirty petrol, sulfur

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for low standards and failure to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in ...

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Damage to Great Barrier Reef costs ship owner $30 million

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government reached a 39.3 million Australian dollar ($29.6 million) settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier to pay for environmental damage caused when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef six years ago, the environment minister said Monday. The government had sued Shenzhen Energy Transport for at least AU$120 million ...

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Minnesota mall stabbing’s potential terrorism raises fears

mall stabbing, St. Cloud Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall as a potential act of terrorism, a finding that would realize long-held fears of an attack in the immigrant-rich state that has struggled to stop the recruiting of its young men by groups including the Islamic State. A young Somali man dressed as ...

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North Carolina governor says he’s working to keep gas moving

North Carolina gasoline supply, pipeline spill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he and other officials are working with fuel suppliers to monitor and quickly replenish gasoline supplies. McCrory’s office issued a statement Sunday night saying a pipeline repair in Alabama should soon have normal supplies flowing to North Carolina. The governor’s statement says state officials are working to make sure that ...

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Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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Firm: Faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast

corroded pipes, pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Faster-than-expected corrosion caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline blast that scorched 40 rural acres in April and badly burned a man whose home was destroyed, the Texas energy company that owns the pipeline said. Andy Drake, the vice president of operations and environmental health and safety with Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., shared those findings Tuesday night ...

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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

This photo shows a rear view of a Lexus self-driving car. Photo: By Runner1928 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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Transformer fire closes Pennsylvania gas-fired power plant

fire CC0

BANGOR, Pa. (AP) — A natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Pennsylvania has been shut down indefinitely after an electrical transformer caught fire. Talen Energy spokesman Todd Martin says the Martins Creek plant in Lower Mount Bethel Township has been taken off line while the company works with state regulators to investigate the fire. It was reported shortly after 7:30 ...

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Oil spill caused by contractor working on island restoration

oil, saltwater spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil spill found in south Louisiana this week was caused by a contractor working on an environmental restoration project funded after the larger BP oil spill. The Coast Guard learned Monday that roughly 5,300 gallons of crude oil had leaked into Bay Long, part of Barataria Bay. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2cosNe9 ) an excavating marsh ...

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