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Coal ash could leak from landfills, environmentalists warn

coal ash

An environmental group suggested Monday that Duke Energy not bury its coal ash in landfills but turn it into large “saltstone” structures less likely to pollute. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League held an afternoon news conference in Raleigh to urge that Duke not be allowed to use landfills to dispose of its waste from the Dan River ash basin ...

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Oil spilled in Gulf of Mexico causes heart problems in developing tuna

tuna embryo

By Louis Sahagun | Los Angeles Times There’s more bad news about the effects of oil spills on warm-water predators, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, already one of the most threatened fish in the seas. Oil spills such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may cause serious heart defects in developing fish embryos, according to a study by ...

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OSHA calls for silica limit: Proposed silica limit would hurt fracking industry, group says


A proposed lower limit of silica exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would drastically affect the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute is one of about 80 organizations and industry groups that will speak in Washington, D.C., at hearings stretching from Tuesday through April 4. The hearings are a part of ...

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Pro: Flaring is safe way to prevent harmful air pollution

Sara Sneath | Victoria Advocate Flaring is not inherently dangerous, and there is evidence to suggest drilling activity does not have a significant affect on air quality, according to a research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. In Cheapside, where rolling farmland used to host cotton and livestock, well sites can be seen on hilltops in every direction. The ...

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Proposed statewide ballot measure would give Colo. communities power to ban fracking

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A movement is underway to put a ballot measure before Colorado voters in November that would give local governments across the state the power to protect the health and safety of residents by banning or restricting oil and gas drilling and other industrial activities currently permitted by state law. The effort, which would be an amendment to the state constitution ...

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