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Second container possibly leaked at New Mexico nuclear dump

(Reuters) - A second container of plutonium-contaminated debris may have contributed to a radiation leak that has led to the indefinite suspension of operations at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico, a U.S. Energy Department official said on Thursday.<p>Preliminary findings from an …

Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says

Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.<p>The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and …

Could be years before New Mexico nuclear waste dump fully reopens, official says

(Reuters) - It may be years before an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico shuttered by a radiation leak is fully operational, and costs for decontamination and other activities to restore the facility are not yet clear, U.S. Energy Department officials said.<p>A recovery plan is being crafted …

Former inspector urges nuclear regulators to close California plant

A former federal inspector has urged regulators to shut down California's last nuclear power plant until it can be determined whether the facility can stand up to an earthquake off the Central Coast.<p>Michael Peck, the former senior resident inspector at the Diablo Canyon plant, made his case to the …

NRC

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker …

Man-Made Earthquakes Feel Less Intense Than Natural Ones: Study

Science News<p>Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move from induced quakes — triggered by injections of …

Geophysics

In Colorado, lines are drawn for an election battle over fracking

When Rep. Jared Polis found that a 100-foot tower and a drilling operation had been built last year across the road from his weekend home, he told his story on YouTube, predicting that by fighting for "sensible regulations" he would become the anti-fracking "poster boy."<p>That could come true if two …

Deal will keep fracking battle off Colorado ballot

Supporters of two Colorado ballot measures that would have curbed fracking in the state announced late Monday they were standing down, averting an expensive election-year fight that was creating uncertainty in both the governor's and Senate races.<p>On Monday morning, hours before the deadline to turn …

Fracking Makes California’s Drought Worse

California is in the middle of an epic water shortage, with nearly 80 percent of the state experiencing “extreme or exceptional” drought conditions. …

How Fracking Changed the World

Growing up in northern West Virginia in the 1970s, I remember seeing a lot of big white plastic candy canes sticking out of the ground, marking the …

GAO Report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released its report today finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is …

Seven earthquakes shake Oklahoma two days

On Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma, there were seven earthquakes. You read that right. Not tornadoes. Earthquakes.<p>The most severe temblor registered 4.3 near Langston, the U.S. Geological Survey site showed, delivering a rumble to Logan County, north of Oklahoma City, according to the U.S. …

Major Scientific Document Shows Why NY Fracking Moratorium Is Imperative

Less than two weeks ago, local communities triumphed over the fracking industry in a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals. …

At least 4 earthquakes, including a 4.3, strike central Oklahoma

At least four earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2.9 to 4.3, struck about 30 miles north of Oklahoma City on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>The 4.3-magnitude temblor hit at 12:11 p.m. outside Langston, Okla., and a 3.2-magnitude quake was recorded about 6:30 a.m. in the same …

Jellyfish population boom wreaking havoc worldwide

Alone they may not seem like much, but as jellyfish band together, their populations are exploding in parts of the world, causing damage that can …

Company Seeks Barge Dock Permit for Shipping Fracking Wastewater

Ohioans are shocked to stumble on a new proposal by GreenHunter, a Texas-based fracking wastewater company, to build a barge off-loading facility on …

Meet the Andy Griffith who’s going after fracking polluters

Back when I was a city reporter in San Francisco, one of my jobs was to take the daily crime report and type it up in a friendly, engaging way. The …

Government Subsidizes Fossil Fuel Industry With $20+ Billion in Taxpayer Money Each Year

Oil Change International released a comprehensive report today on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S.—<i>Cashing in on All of</i> …

Correction: North Dakota Saltwater Spill story

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — In a July 10 story about a North Dakota pipeline leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, The Associated Press erroneously …

Higher Cancer Rates and Tainted Local Foods Linked to Tar Sands Operations

A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens …

Study maps fracking methane risk to drinking water

<b>A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane has been published.</b><p>The British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency have mapped where key aquifers in England and Wales coincide with locations of shale.<p>The research reveals this occurs under nearly half …

Oklahoma earthquakes linked to fracking wastewater wells, study says

Scientists have, for the first time, linked hundreds of earthquakes across a broad swath of Oklahoma to a handful of wastewater wells used by the fracking industry.<p>The research, published in the journal Science on Thursday, said about one-fifth of the quakes that helped turn Oklahoma into the …

Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns

There is nothing but a jagged line of splinters where Myint Thein’s teeth once stood – a painful reminder, he says, of the day he was beaten and sold on to a Thai fishing boat.<p>The tattooed Burmese fisherman, 29, bears a number of other “reminders” of his life at sea: two deep cuts on each arm, …

Oil boom downside: Exploding trains

Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight.<p>In the 11 months since a runaway oil train …

How Congress Is Moving to Crush Protections for Small Meat and Poultry Producers (And Why You Should Care)

As comedian John Oliver said last week in his much-watched primer on net neutrality, “If you want to do something evil, put it inside something …

Obama signs $12.3 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, …

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal.<p>A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and …

New York Sets Precedent By Proposing Nation's First Microbead Ban

New York's attorney general this week proposed what could become the nation's first-ever ban on microbeads—the small plastic particles found in …

3.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Colorado Less Than 2 Miles From Fracking Site

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck northern Colorado Saturday night, and environmentalists weren't surprised to learn that the epicenter was near a …