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Amite County officials have road worries

LIBERTY, Miss.— The Amite County countryside rolls over 732 square miles and has sought-after timber and oil and natural gas reserves. The county’s road system is already used to big trucks. But now, with the busy Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil play, development has begun to enter a fever pitch. The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and ...

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Nuclear plant fees to fund safety protections are set to increase

Fees that nuclear power plant owners pay to the state’s environmental and emergency management agencies for public safety protections will increase by $175,000 a year under a bill signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett. Beginning in July, the state’s five nuclear plant sites will each pay $650,000 a year to the Department of Environmental Protection, up from $550,000, and ...

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Environmental disasters lurk in energy pipelines

Michigan’s increasing role in petroleum products transport doesn’t just pose potential risk; it’s already causing problems. An oil pipeline operated by Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge burst near Marshall in July 2010, resulting in the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The spill decimated Talmadge Creek, a tributary to the Kalamazoo River, and about 40 miles of the river. ...

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EDITORIAL: Canada may soon make concerns about oil-train safety moot

Hydraulic fracturing has made practical the recovery of crude oil in the Bakken formation below Montana and North Dakota. Production topped 1 million barrels per day in April and continues to climb. Derailments of trains carrying Bakken oil from the fields has many people worried about safety. There is a way to render concerns about oil shipments by rail moot ...

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EDITORIAL: Crude booms, safety lags

Our opinion: Amid a crude oil boom, state and federal regulators need to heed local voices urging action on public health and rail safety. Federal and state regulators trying to grasp the downside of the booming crude oil business need look no further than the Capital Region to get a sense of the trepidation over the rail and oil industries’ ...

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Drug use prevents many from working in the Utica shale

Jobs in Ohio’s Utica shale region are plentiful, but many potential hires are having difficulty passing pre-employment drug tests, according to a report by Columbus Business First. Working with heavy and valuable machinery on other people’s property generally requires employer-mandated drug testing. Substances like marijuana aren’t usually the issue, but rather narcotics such as prescription pain killers and heroin that ...

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Marcel-Hiss shale: snake handlers needed

It have being a murderous rattlesnake!

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays It’s no secret the shale drilling revolution revitalized industries nationwide. Oil and gas company growth exploded, of course, but just as well known are the benefits to pipeline construction, manufacturers, railroads and safety equipment, to name a few. Considerably less-discussed: snake handlers. Columbus Business First reports that business opportunities in the Marcellus shale are booming ...

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Natural gas storage explosion injures four in Wyoming

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A natural gas storage tank explosion injured four people on Tuesday, according to a report by the Casper Star-Tribune. The accident happened south of La Barge, Wyoming at an EOG Resources Inc. storage tank facility. The event has been called a flash flare. Two EOG employees and two contract workers were cleaning the tank ...

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Feds grant almost half a million to W. Va. for pipeline safety

signing a check

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media West Virginia’s pipeline safety program is being reimbursed for some of its yearly operating costs. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is giving a $453,000 grant to the state to help cover expenses, the Associated Press reports. The agency gives such payments to all states with pipeline inspection agencies, and ...

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GM recalling natural gas-powered vans due to possible leak

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co <GM.N> will recall about 3,200 vans powered by natural gas because of the possibility of a gas leak that increases the risk of a fire, the automaker said on Thursday. GM said it knows of no fires, crashes or injuries related to this issue. The alternative to conventional gasoline vans is the 2011 to ...

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