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O&G tycoon scoops Blue Bell out of rough patch

Those of us who enjoy cooling off on a hot July afternoon with Blue Bell ice cream can thank oil tycoon Sid Bass for saving our favorite summer treat, the Houston Chronicle reports. Blue Bell halted its ice cream operations and recalled its products after the Center for Disease Control linked a listeriosis bacterial outbreak to the ice cream. As ...

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Panel probes California oil spill that blackened beaches

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top pipeline regulator is lagging in meeting congressional requirements imposed several years ago but it is planning to increase staff for safety inspections, its interim director says. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has been facing new questions about its effectiveness after a May 19 break near Santa Barbara created the largest coastal oil ...

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Clean energy project set for Big Run Landfill

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COALTON – Plans are under way to develop a new, state-of-the-art clean energy facility at Big Run Landfill that will convert gas produced at the landfill into renewable natural gas, EnviroSolutions (ESI), owner of Big Run, according to a press release announced Tuesday. Enerdyne Power Systems, a company that specializes in utilizing landfill gas (LFG) as a renewable fuel source, will ...

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Minnesota loons to benefit from BP spill settlement

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had far-reaching effects on the environment, including the loon and pelican populations of Minnesota. According to an official with the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota loons could benefit from the recent $18.7 billion settlement between BP and the U.S. Government, reports Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Over the next 15 years, Minnesota could receive up ...

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Oil spill reporting slow but Highland area water safe

HIGHLAND — Officials in Highland and Grantfork are assessing emergency response tactics two days after a crude oil spill threatened local water supplies. But the water is safe, they said Sunday. About five hours passed Friday before emergency officials in those two eastern Madison County jurisdictions learned of the crude oil that had spilled into Silver Creek earlier that day, ...

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Driller pays more than $220,000 in OSHA fines

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A drilling company involved in an industrial accident that killed three and injured two more has paid $221,200 in penalties for safety violations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dan D Drilling was also placed on the OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Dan D Drilling Corporation faced penalties for safety violations discovered by OSHA while investigating a deadly ...

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Drilling begins in sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain

CASPER, Wyo. — A Colorado oil company has begun drilling test wells in key sage grouse habitat near Battle Mountain after years-long resistance from local landowners and environmentalists. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that GRMR Oil and Gas began drilling the first of three wells Sunday in the south-central area of Wyoming. Earlier negotiations between GRMR and state officials resulted in the ...

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