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California Orders Emergency Shutdown Of Fracking Wastewater Injection Sites Over Fears of Contaminated Aquifers
Published Desmogblog.com  7/21/2014
California officials ordered an emergency shutdown of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites in Kern County earlier this month, fearing they may be contaminating sources of drinking water that are sorely needed in the drought-stricken state. No contamination has actually been found in any drinking or
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Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments
Published Desmogblog.com  7/21/2014
Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port.The South Portland Clear Skies Ordinance, would ban tar sands oil from being loaded on to
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BNSF Nears Shift To One-Member Crews, Possibly Even on Dangerous Oil Trains
Published Desmogblog.com  7/22/2014
This is a guest post by Cole Stangler. For decades, the U.S. railroad industry has successfully shed labor costs by shifting to smaller and smaller operating crews. Now, it’s on the verge of what was once an unthinkable victory: single-member crews, even on dangerous oil trains.A tentative agreement
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Exclusive: E-mails Reveal Feds and Rail Companies Pressured States to Keep Oil-by-Rail Information Secret
Published Desmogblog.com  7/21/2014
Documents released to DeSmogBlog by the Washington State Military Department reveal that both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and rail companies attempted to pressure states including Washington to keep information about Bakken crude oil trains from the public.As previously reported on
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Climate Failure: U.S. Passes Saudi Arabia As World’s Largest Oil Producer
Published Desmogblog.com  7/19/2014
Is President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy a success? Or a climate failure?A report issued recently by Bank of America declared the United States has now surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. The daily output average for the first quarter of 2104 exceeded 11 million
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U.S. Joins Canada and Oil Industrys Lobbying Offensive To Keep Europe Open to Oilsands Imports
Published Desmogblog.com  7/18/2014
For five long years the federal government and the oil industry have lobbied against the European Union labeling oilsands (also called tar sands) bitumen as ‘dirty oil’ in its Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). A new report released yesterday reveals the recent involvement of the U.S. in the lobby
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Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm Spurs Fracking Wastewater Disposal Debate
Published Desmogblog.com  7/17/2014
Last weekend, a swarm of seven earthquakes in just 14 hours between Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Oklahoma made national headlines.Those seven quakes were immediately preceded by another earthquake that measured 4.3 on the Richter scale in Langston, OK, which struck at noon on Saturday. And
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New Map Shows Dramatic Time Lapse of Tar Sands Deforestation
Published Desmogblog.com  7/15/2014
A time-lapsed map released today by the World Resources Institute using satellite imagery from Global Forest Watch shows how much forest is being lost in Northern Alberta to make way for major industrial operations, mainly to extract oil from the tar sands, also referred to as the oilsands.According
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Richard Tol Dons Cloak of Climate Denial
Published Desmogblog.com  7/14/2014
This is a guest post by Cindy Baxter.They were all there.  A veritable octopus of conflicting climate denial arguments, from “it’s not happening” to “satellite data says it’s all the forests’ fault” to “it’s the sun,” “we can adapt” - and everything in between. This small gathering of climate
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California And Texas, Pioneers In The Mainstreaming of Renewable Energy
Published Desmogblog.com  7/14/2014
California and Texas continue to break new ground in making electricty generation from renewable sources a vital part of the United States' energy mix. California, for its part, is following up on the huge year solar energy had in 2013 by breaking the record for single-day solar photovoltaic (PV)
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