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Newport officials protest flier’s ‘health advisory’ about development planned for Banning Ranch

Newport Beach officials are taking issue with a flier proclaiming an “urgent health advisory” that is being circulated in opposition to the proposed development of Banning Ranch. The flier shows an aerial photograph of the 401-acre Banning Ranch property, an expanse of scrub- and grass-covered bluffs and wetlands overlooking the ocean near Pacific Coast Highway that for years has been ...

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Family attacks EOG after water well explosion leaves permanent scars

EOG Resources and several other companies are facing a lawsuit from a family that suffered damages when their water well ignited into an immense explosion due to methane from nearby fracked wells. Desmog reports that the family of four, including a four-year-old child, her parents and her grandfather, were the victims of an explosion that occurred due to their water ...

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Operator facing federal charges for deadly platform blast

NEW ORLEANS — Oil platform operator Black Elk Energy is facing federal criminal charges in connection with a November 2012 explosion off Louisiana’s coast that left three workers dead and others badly injured. Multiple media outlets report that U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. of the Eastern District in Louisiana filed a six-count criminal complaint against Houston-based Black Elk Energy ...

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When big rigs push past the safety rules

The semitrailer truck rumbled south down Houston County Road 9, a two-lane highway that rolls across the fertile farmland of southeast Minnesota, on an overcast Saturday morning in March. The roads were clear of ice and snow, and the truck’s trailer was loaded with giant bales of hay. Dale and Teresa Erickson, married for 26 years, were cruising north in ...

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Brad Schimel files petition to postpone deadlines under new EPA emission rules

Attorney General Brad Schimel joined officials from 14 other states on Thursday in asking a federal court to postpone deadlines to comply with new rules laid out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The emergency petition was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by officials from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, ...

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Navajo Nation president urges residents not to use EPA form for claims

SHIPROCK— Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has warned tribal residents to avoid using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s form for claims of damage or injury as a result of the Gold King Mine spill. In the president’s Wednesday directive Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch advised that the federal form “contains offending language that will waive future claims for individuals ...

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Earthquake discussion open to public

Oklahoma Sierra Club and Kansas Sierra Club call on concerned people to join them in Norman from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Norman Public Library (Central Branch) 225 N. Webster to discuss the ongoing threat of earthquakes plaguing the region and to examine the practice of fracking which utilizes underground injection wells to dispose of its waste ...

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EPA chief: Colorado mine spill ‘pains me’

WASHINGTON  — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it “pains me to no end.” Gina McCarthy made the comments as her agency comes under increased scrutiny after federal and contract workers accidentally ...

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