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Industrial Disasters

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  • 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...
  • Oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Va., raises safety questions

    A train hauling crude oil that derailed Wednesday near downtown Lynchburg, Va., sending a giant fireball and acrid smoke into the sky, raised further concerns about public safety as railroads sharply increase the amount of oil they transport. About 15...
  • Guest Column: Just how safe is the Cove Point plan?

    Once upon a time, a huge construction project was proposed that would shower the surrounding region with "massive economic benefits" and "thousands of jobs" and an abundance of "affordable clean power." Sound familiar? But this proposed project was not...
  • Tom Zirpoli: Health takes a back seat to coal

    When you look at pictures of the chemical tanks sitting on the banks of the Elk River in West Virginia, you can only wonder why anyone would put dangerous chemicals in metal tanks on the shore of a river. Did anyone worry that the river might flood...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hundreds evacuate small Washington town after industrial explosion

    Hundreds of people were being evacuated from Plymouth, Wash.,  a small town in southern Washington after an explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing facility left at least four people injured, according to the local sheriff. The...
  • Natural gas firm downplays threat to Washington town after explosion

    The owner of a natural gas facility downplayed the danger to residents after an explosion at the facility injured four people and forced the evacuation of a small town in southern Washington on Monday morning. The processing facility is owned by...
  • 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...
  • N.C. wants to nix Duke Energy's $99,000 settlement for coal ash leaks

    The nation's largest electricity provider could soon be back on the hook for a once-settled lawsuit alleging that it illegally contaminated groundwater through leaky coal ash dumps near Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina. State regulators had...
  • Texas oil spill blocks Houston Ship Channel, threatens wildlife

    Oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay in Texas, blocking the busy Houston Ship Channel and threatening birds at a nearby wildlife sanctuary, officials and environmentalists said. U.S. Coast Guard officials said as much as 168,000 gallons of oil...
  • 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...