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  • Texas oil spill harms wildlife; officials work to reopen ship channel

    Authorities in Texas were hoping to partially reopen the busy Houston Ship Channel on Monday, officials said, after a significant oil spill over the weekend that is harming wildlife and the local economy. [Updated, 5:35 p.m. March 24: The shipping...
  • Houston Ship Channel partially reopens to traffic

    One of the nation's busiest seaports partially reopened to ship traffic on Tuesday after it had been closed because of a weekend oil spill in the waters near Houston, Coast Guard announced. Traffic resumed flowing through the Houston Ship Channel...
  • BP confirms oil spill into Lake Michigan from Whiting refinery

    BP confirms oil spill into Lake Michigan from Whiting refinery
    Less than a year after BP started up a new unit to process Canadian tar sands at its Whiting refinery, the company reported today that a malfunction allowed a slug of crude oil into Lake Michigan a few miles away from the Chicago city limits. It remains...
  • West, Texas, to mark anniversary of deadly fertilizer plant blast

    A year after a massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15, including 12 volunteer firefighters, the city is still trying to come to grips with the disaster that has left a deep imprint on the rural town. “I miss...
  • Environmentalists wary about harm to birds from Texas oil spill

    Environmentalists wary about harm to birds from Texas oil spill
    Less than a week after an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel, environmentalists say there has been limited damage to nearby bird sanctuaries, but it is to soon to know whether there will be long-term problems to wildlife.  More than 200 birds have...
  • Deadly Texas fertilizer explosion was preventable, authorities say

    Deadly Texas fertilizer explosion was preventable, authorities say
    The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday. Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical...
  • North Carolina regulators cite Duke Energy for crack in earthen dam

    MONCURE, N.C. -- Regulators in North Carolina cited Duke Energy on Friday for a crack in an earthen dam holding back coal ash slurry at a retired coal-burning plant, where the utility was cited March 20 for illegally dumping coal ash waste into the Cape...
  • Kevin Hunt: After Heating-Oil Spill, It's Windsor Homeowner Vs. Fusco Brothers

    Kevin Hunt: After Heating-Oil Spill, It's Windsor Homeowner Vs. Fusco Brothers
    A routine home-heating oil fill-up went from mix-up to mess-up in a hurry last November at Wendy Wojnarowski's Windsor home. After requesting a 100-gallon delivery, Fusco Brothers of Windsor arrived the next day and started pumping. When the pumpathon...
  • Duke Energy accused of mishandling more coal ash wastewater

    Duke Energy accused of mishandling more coal ash wastewater
    MONCURE, N.C. - While poring over regulatory documents for Duke Energy coal ash ponds, environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance grew suspicious of the way the giant utility was handling the toxic ash waste left over from burning coal. They...
  • Oil tanker train derails in Lynchburg, Va., triggering fire and spill

    About 15 train tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed Wednesday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va., plunging several of them into the James River, sparking a massive fire and spilling oil. The derailment prompted evacuations in the downtown district near...
  • BP more than doubles estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill

    BP more than doubles estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill
    BP today more than doubled its maximum estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan earlier this week from its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana. In a statement, the company said a malfunction in a new distillation unit forced up to...
  • Oil drilling near Everglades prompts worries about fracking, water

    The Florida Everglades has become the latest region to react against oil drillers and fracking, a technique that has spurred worries about earthquakes and water contamination across the country. Concerns about an “enhanced extraction procedure&...