Chinese factories want to make climate-friendly air conditioners. A US company is blocking them

U.N. efforts to encourage propane-cooled air conditioners have largely been stymied by safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratories, now known as "UL" in the United States, a private company that provides independent safety certifications for thousands of consumer products.

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Propane heaters vs. fire pits: What’s better for the planet?

The long answer requires measuring each fuel's relative burn efficiency and performing a life cycle analysis of each device. The short answer? Just get a blanket.

Prince Rupert Vopak terminal enters final comment period

Proposed Vopak Pacific Canada facility would bring up to 87,600 rail cars and 171 tankers carrying combustibles to the region every year.

Time runs out for a U.S.-Canada oil pipeline

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said the state would shut down a line between her state and Ontario that has been operating since the 1950s.

A BC rail disaster waiting to happen? Audit bolsters warnings the risk is too high

Report finds failures with Transport Canada’s oversight of shipping of dangerous goods.

UPDATE: All four bodies found after Corpus Christi explosion

A private contract dredging vessel hit a propane pipeline in the Corpus Christi ship channel Aug. 20, killing four people and injuring six others.

Pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi leaves 2 dead and 2 missing

Six people were injured, officials said, including some who were taken to hospitals to be treated for burns.

Vopak’s proposed Prince Rupert export terminal: 7 things you need to know

Running at full capacity, the Vopak Pacific Canada facility would bring 240 rail cars filled with combustibles through northwest B.C. every day and send 150 oil tankers across the Pacific each year.


Once dormant ethane cracker near Lake Charles restarts after $175M investment, flaring issues

An ethane cracker in Calcasieu Parish that had been shut down for nearly two decades was renovated and has been restarted by a publicly traded business in Thailand.

'We can't live like this': Residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick

A community in Pennsylvania says clay-colored water appeared during a drilling mud spill, but the pipeline company insists it’s not to blame

Companies scrap proposed renewable diesel plant on Puget Sound

A release blamed "permitting delays and uncertainties" for the decision to withdraw the project.

Lake spill earns Mariner East pipelines another $2 million fine

The pipelines’ owner, Energy Transfer, has been penalized more than $15 million by Pennsylvania regulators for the project.

Glass art is a gas guzzler. Can Seattle stoke the flames of environmental change?

As the region embarks on the first-ever Northwest festival of glass, artists hope to make the industry more sustainable.

PUC’s review of pipeline safety regulation prompts attacks by residents, groups and lawmakers

Some argued for no added regulations, but most urged tighter curbs on the pipeline industry.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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