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Chemical leak causes four deaths in Texas

A chemical leak caused four deaths and one injury at a DuPont facility in La Porte Texas. The chemical, methyl mercaptan, leaked for two hours in the early morning Saturday. There were five employees in the facility who were responding … Continue reading

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Debate heating up over Denton ban on fracking

Last week residents of Denton, Texas voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city limits. This decision drew national attention and seemed to produce equal amounts of enthusiasm and unrest. The next day, officials at the Texas General … Continue reading

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EPA removes E1527-05 from AAI

Effective October 6, 2015 the use of the historical standard (ASTM E1527-05) will no longer be in compliance with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (AAI). On December 20, 2013 ASTM E1527-13 procedures were published by the EPA for persons conducting … Continue reading

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North Carolina coal ash spill update

Last month North Carolina state legislators passed a new law regulating the management of coal ash waste. The new regulations were developed in response to the Dan River coal ash spill in February 2014 at a closed power plant previously … Continue reading

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Big changes in Mexico’s oil & gas industry

As the world’s 15th largest economy and 9th in crude oil production, Mexico stands in a unique position to elevate their economic status on the international market after a monumental shift in national policy Monday. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto … Continue reading

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North Carolina coal ash spill update

In February, 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River turned gray after a broken stormwater pipe released millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant. The company responsible for the spill, Duke Energy, found the source of the … Continue reading

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Join our conversation on Twitter

This is the perfect time to close out Excel and take a minute for “professional development.” If you didn’t know already, we maintain an active presence on Twitter where we share a broad range of environmental news items. We invite … Continue reading

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Public information concerns over oil shipments

In the wake of recent railway accidents involving crude oil shipments, the United States Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroad companies to notify state officials of specific route details and oil volume on trains shipping one million … Continue reading

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DOT issues new guidelines for shipping crude oil by rail

In response to recent crude oil tank car derailments in North America, the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued new actions this week. The DOT issued … Continue reading

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Railway accidents involving crude oil raise alarms

The Bakken area is one of the largest crude oil producing regions in the United States. The recent surge of production in the Bakken region is due to the increased use of hydraulic fracturing to access oil and gas from … Continue reading

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Keystone Pipeline review process extended

On April 18, 2014 the State Department extended the length of time the eight federal agencies have to submit their views on the Keystone Pipeline permit application. Since the pipeline crosses an international boundary, the State Department ultimately decides whether … Continue reading

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Galveston oil spill threatens wildlife

On Saturday, March 24, 2014, two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel spilling approximately 168,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil into Galveston Bay. The Houston Ship Channel was closed for three days as cleanup efforts began by the US … Continue reading

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Mexican drug cartels: A big fracking problem

Earlier this week on Wednesday, the NAFTA summit was held in Toluca, Mexico where President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met to discuss a wide array of economic and political issues. Saving the … Continue reading

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California desperate for water as drought threatens millions

California has found itself in perhaps the most severe drought in the state’s history, with two-thirds of the state being designated as “extreme drought.” On January 19, 2014, state Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency and urged residents to … Continue reading

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Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement released

The US Department of State issued an environmental impact assessment on the Keystone XL pipeline last week. The assessment includes a comprehensive review of the revised route including an environmental impacts analysis. The White House does not have a deadline … Continue reading

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