After explosion kills 14-year-old, Louisiana wants tighter safety rules on oil field tank batteries

The proposed safety changes in Louisiana come nearly 10 years after the U.S. Chemical Safety Board warned that oil batteries in rural areas posed a unique and dangerous attraction.

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Grim toll from Indonesia’s abandoned coal mines may get even worse, report warns

At least 168 people, mainly children, have died after falling into abandoned coal-mining pits across Indonesia over the past seven years, according to a new report.


Remembering the 1981 Louisville sewer explosions

Here's a lookback at the sewer explosions that rocked Old Louisville and surrounding areas on Feb. 13, 1981.

Missing toll soars to 5,000 in engulfed Indonesia quake neighborhoods

The number of people believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia's Palu city has soared to 5,000, an official said Sunday, an indication that far more may have perished in the twin disaster than the current toll.


Gas explosion causes huge fire in Center Township outside Pittsburgh

Authorities confirm early morning evacuations in neighborhood surrounding blast in Center Township, but no word on any injuries.


Bay scientists: Offshore oil drilling would put Chesapeake Bay at risk

Many fear a spill would be inevitable and could reach the Bay and its resources under the right conditions.


Claims filing begins in WV water crisis settlement.

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EPA approves plan to remove San Jacinto Waste pits from river.

EPA approves plan to remove San Jacinto Waste pits from river

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Chevron abandons plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight.

Chevron has become the second big oil company to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, almost exactly a year after BP ditched its more advanced plans for the untapped basin.

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N.D. oil industry opposes state rule changes.

The North Dakota oil industry pushed back Wednesday on several proposed oil and gas rule changes, expressing strong opposition to a rule related to reporting small spills.

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Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes.

A prestigious scientific organization on Wednesday called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

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Enbridge argues Line 3 oil pipeline needed for Minnesota, region.

Enbridge Energy is arguing its proposed $2 billion Line 3 oil pipeline is critical to serve oil refineries in Minnesota and throughout the region.

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Everyone knew Houston’s reservoirs would flood — except for the people who bought homes inside them.

by Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune and Reveal, Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune, and Al Shaw, ProPublica, October 12, 2017

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