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Houston bayou’s evolution into busy port ongoing

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HOUSTON (AP) — A century ago, the Houston Ship Channel was nothing more than a bayou meandering into the Gulf of Mexico. Today, massive ocean-going vessels carrying thousands of containers zip in and out of the channel, where a barge collided with a ship over the weekend, spilling 170,000 gallons of gooey tar-like oil into the water. Though the cause ...

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Watchdog hopes Duke will clean up Saluda dump

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An environmental watchdog group hopes Duke Energy will clean up its coal ash ponds along the Saluda River — if not, the $50 billion utility could face more legal trouble over its Carolina operations. Duke officials acknowledged Monday before the South Carolina’s Public Service Commission that heavy metals from its coal ash dumps at the W.S. Lee Steam Station near ...

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Regulating railed oil


 By Maxine Herr for the Bismarck Tribune A fatal rail car explosion near Quebec, Canada, last July and a December train explosion near Casselton, N.D., in December grabbed the attention of federal regulators, and Bakken crude transported by rail has been under heavy scrutiny ever since. Efforts to heighten rail safety have resulted in new standards and an analysis of ...

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With United Shale Advocates, the Marcellus Shale Coalition bets on a ‘citizens’ movement’

Laurel Gardner

By Laura Legere / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — An apron-clad Laurel Gardner stands behind a counter in a video shot in her northeastern Pennsylvania restaurant and explains why she supports Marcellus Shale natural gas development. “When the workers come into our town, they bring jobs, they bring their families, their families spend money here,” she says. She repeats herself, ...

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5 things to know about the Texas oil spill

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By Associated Press TEXAS CITY, Texas — WHAT HAPPENED? The Coast Guard says a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons into one of the world’s busiest waterways. Oil has been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. HOW ARE AUTHORITIES RESPONDING? ...

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Judge: Eminent domain can’t be used for pipeline


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has decided that eminent domain can’t be used to take private land to build a natural gas pipeline through Kentucky. Bluegrass Pipeline Co. has said it has the right to condemn property for its pipeline under Kentucky eminent domain law. But the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1hnOx2T ) said Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Tuesday ...

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Hess says Tioga gas plant expansion now online


(Reuters) – Hess Corp began accepting North Dakota shale-derived natural gas at its Tioga plant expansion on March 23, and the full plant is now online, the company’s chief executive officer said on Tuesday. The plant was expanded so Hess could process excess natural gas produced at the state’s 10,000 oil wells as part of a plan to curb flaring. The plant expansion, which was under construction for ...

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