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Natural gas blamed in apartment explosion that killed 7

natural gas explosion, apartment explosion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A buildup of natural gas caused an explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a Maryland apartment building last week, investigators said Friday. The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but Daniel Board, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Baltimore ...

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Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

california wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides Wednesday, instantly incinerating homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. A day after it ignited in brush left tinder-dry by years of drought, the blaze had spread ...

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North Dakota patrol asks motorists to avoid pipeline protest

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid state Highway 1806 near Fort Rice because of an oil pipeline protest along the road. Troopers say traffic delays are expected on the highway that runs through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are protesting ...

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NIPSCO to raze closed plant, clean site for development

coal-fired power plant, pollution

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is moving ahead with a project to demolish a long-shuttered Gary power plant and clean up the site along Lake Michigan. The Merrillville-based utility says the demolition of its Dean H. Mitchell power plant and the site’s environmental cleanup will cost an estimated $18 million. NIPSCO says it will work with ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Photo: Vasiliki Millousi via Flickr.

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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1 hurt, firetruck burns in Killeen gas tanker truck blaze

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KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire at a Central Texas gas station left one person dead, destroyed a firetruck and forced more than 50 nearby residents to evacuate. Killeen police did not immediately release details on the person killed in the fiery accident early Friday at a Mickey’s Convenience Store. Police say preliminary information indicates the ...

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Crews extinguish fire at Michigan power plant; no injuries

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EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Fire crews on Friday extinguished a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River in Michigan that broke out a day earlier and sent smoke into the air that was visible for miles, officials said. There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the DTE ...

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8,400 gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills near Mohall

saltwater and oil spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A damaged injection line has caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil in Bottineau County. The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened Wednesday about 3 1/2 miles north of Mohall. A representative of Texas-based Enduro Operating LLC, which operates the line, wasn’t immediately available to comment. ...

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New crude oil shipment applications on hold at Cherry Point

Cherry Point, Bellingham Washington

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Whatcom County Council has temporarily banned new permit applications for projects that ship crude oil and other unrefined fossil fuels out of Cherry Point. The 60-day moratorium unanimously approved Tuesday night prevents shipments or exports of fuels such as methane, coal or crude oil from tar sands not processed in that industrial zone north of ...

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Regulator: Corroded pipeline likely cause of saltwater spill

Photo: Spill by Sarah Camp via Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department says a corroded steel pipeline is the likely cause of a big saltwater spill in Bowman County. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the 168,000-gallon spill occurred Tuesday morning about 9 miles southwest of Rhame at a well site owned by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The company did not return telephone ...

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