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New federal regulations on oil tank-car trains face challenges

The U.S. railroad industry, several environmental groups and two Chicago suburbs are challenging the federal government’s recently unveiled regulations intended to enhance the safety of milelong trains carrying volatile crude oil, dozens of which pass through the metro area each week. The organizations, along with the city of Aurora and the village of Barrington, contend that the regulations announced May ...

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For second year, Alaska’s GDP worst in the nation

JUNEAU — For the second year in a row, Alaska’s gross domestic product declined more than any other state’s, the result of reduced North Slope oil production and much lower prices for crude. In 2014, Alaska’s GDP contracted by 1.3 percent, while Mississippi, the only other state with a negative number, shrank by 1.2 percent. That’s according to the federal ...

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Bront Bird leaves NFL for oil

Bront Bird quit the NFL after the playoffs two seasons ago, despite starting more games in 2013 than any season since he went pro. Bird was an inside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, playing mostly on special teams until the team lost in the second round of the playoffs in January 2014. He wasn’t one of the big contract ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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Senators’ measure calls for pipeline river crossings study

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure that requires federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers following two major oil spills into the Yellowstone River. Montana U.S. Senators Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Steve Daines, a Republican, co-sponsored the amendment included Thursday in a Transportation Department funding bill. It ...

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Sierra Club Va.: Offshore drilling pits rigs against rockets, military, wind energy

Sierra Club Virginia joined with two former military leaders Thursday to urge the Obama administration to remove Virginia from its draft plan for offshore oil and gas development, citing potential risks to military readiness, the aerospace industry and future offshore wind energy. Such opposition isn’t new, but objections intensified back in January when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) ...

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