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March 21, 2013 Canadian and US aboriginal groups vow to block oil pipelines

Source: Guardian

An alliance of Canadian and US aboriginal groups vowed on Wednesday to block three multibillion-dollar oil pipelines that are planned to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands, saying they are prepared to take physical action...

March 21, 2013 NY appeals court to consider local fracking bans

Source: WWLP

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state appeals court was to hear two cases that pit the right of towns to control land use through zoning against the drilling industry and landowners who say state law trumps local authority when it comes to oil...

March 21, 2013 Pennsylvania Judge Orders Records Opened in Fracking Case

Source: Bloomberg

A Pennsylvania judge, handing a victory to local media and health groups, ordered documents unsealed in a settlement between gas-drillers and homeowners who accused the companies of contaminating their water.

March 21, 2013 U.S. Oil Production to Exceed Imports, a First Since 1995

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. crude oil production in the fourth quarter will exceed imports for the first time since 1995, as booming fields in North Dakota and Texas put the nation on track to surpass a quarter-century output record.

March 21, 2013 Fukushima Rescue Mission Lasting Legacy: Radioactive Contamination of Nearly 70,000 Americans - Information was hard to come by, exacerbated by the rigidity of the Japanese bureaucracy. Two nuclear experts at the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî, David Lochbaum, who has worked as a consultant for...

March 21, 2013 Tepco Says Outage Cause at Fukushima Nuke Plant Unknown

Source: Bloomberg

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) says it still doesn’t know what caused a power outage at four pools used to cool spent nuclear fuel at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

March 21, 2013 Heating Oil Companies Face Inquiry on Purity of Fuel

Source: NY Times

State and federal authorities are investigating whether several New York heating oil businesses cheated tens of thousands of customers for years, selling fuel diluted with recycled or waste oil, according to law enforcement and...

March 20, 2013 Sewage plants struggle to treat wastewater produced by fracking operations

Source: Reuters

When energy companies extract natural gas trapped deep underground, they’re left with water containing high levels of pollutants, including benzene and barium. Sometimes the gas producers dispose of this contaminated water by...

March 20, 2013 America's Dirtiest Coal Company

Source: Bloomberg

If you go to the website of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Missouri, you can read more than 1,000 letters from retired coal miners and their widows. Their words are like the lyrics to an endless Johnny Cash...

March 20, 2013 Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water

Source: Reuters

A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean...

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