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  • West, Texas, to mark anniversary of deadly fertilizer plant blast

    A year after a massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15, including 12 volunteer firefighters, the city is still trying to come to grips with the disaster that has left a deep imprint on the rural town. “I miss...
  • Deadly Texas fertilizer explosion was preventable, authorities say

    The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday. Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical...
  • Explosion at Wyoming natural gas plant leads to town's evacuation

    Explosion at Wyoming natural gas plant leads to town's evacuation
    An explosion and fire at a natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming forced the evacuation of the nearby town of Opal, a plant spokeswoman said Wednesday.  No injuries were immediately reported among the plant's 42 employees or anyone in Opal, about...
  • Fire rages at Wyoming natural gas plant; town's evacuation lifted

    Soaring flames kept a major natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming closed on Thursday, affecting fuel supplies across the West. The fire followed an explosion Wednesday afternoon at one of the five natural-gas processing units at a Williams Cos....
  • BP confirms oil spill into Lake Michigan from Whiting refinery

    BP confirms oil spill into Lake Michigan from Whiting refinery
    Less than a year after BP started up a new unit to process Canadian tar sands at its Whiting refinery, the company reported today that a malfunction allowed a slug of crude oil into Lake Michigan a few miles away from the Chicago city limits. It remains...
  • Houston Ship Channel partially reopens to traffic

    One of the nation's busiest seaports partially reopened to ship traffic on Tuesday after it had been closed because of a weekend oil spill in the waters near Houston, Coast Guard announced. Traffic resumed flowing through the Houston Ship Channel...
  • Environmentalists wary about harm to birds from Texas oil spill

    Environmentalists wary about harm to birds from Texas oil spill
    Less than a week after an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel, environmentalists say there has been limited damage to nearby bird sanctuaries, but it is to soon to know whether there will be long-term problems to wildlife.  More than 200 birds have...
  • BP more than doubles estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill

    BP more than doubles estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill
    BP today more than doubled its maximum estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan earlier this week from its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana. In a statement, the company said a malfunction in a new distillation unit forced up to...
  • BP more than doubles estimate of oil spill in Lake Michigan

    BP, the petroleum giant, has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil it spilled this week into Lake Michigan, a source of drinking water for some 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs. On Monday, BP reported the spill into the lake...
  • North Carolina regulators cite Duke Energy for crack in earthen dam

    MONCURE, N.C. -- Regulators in North Carolina cited Duke Energy on Friday for a crack in an earthen dam holding back coal ash slurry at a retired coal-burning plant, where the utility was cited March 20 for illegally dumping coal ash waste into the Cape...
  • Hundreds evacuate small Washington town after industrial explosion

    Hundreds of people were being evacuated from Plymouth, Wash.,  a small town in southern Washington after an explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing facility left at least four people injured, according to the local sheriff. The...