| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:25 PM
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...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 3:06 PM
No dice, BP.
That's what a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans told the giant oil company in a ruling issued late Monday. The judges rejected BP's motion to block payments to victims of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 1:25 PM
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...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:30 PM
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...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:49 AM
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.
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:31 PM
WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry pressed lawmakers Thursday to extend a deadline for installing safety measures that were proposed after a 2008 collision involving a Los Angeles commuter train killed 25 people and injured more than 130 others.
| Mar 15, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Workers at a New Mexico nuclear waste storage facility that suffered an underground fire and radiation leak last month lack adequate safety training, oversight or a proper response plan for emergencies, a federal investigation has found.
In a report...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 10:10 PM
MONCURE, N.C. - While poring over regulatory documents for Duke Energy coal ash ponds, environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance grew suspicious of the way the giant utility was handling the toxic ash waste left over from burning coal.
| May 29, 2013
| 9:20 AM
A freight train smacked into a truck carrying garbage and careened off the tracks in Rosedale Tuesday afternoon, triggering an explosion felt throughout the region and sending up a plume of black smoke visible for miles.
Authorities identified the...
| Feb 10, 2011
| 4:13 PM
The sickening sound heard Wednesday evening was exactly the same as that heard on the evening of Feb. 19, 1999.
In 1999, I was working late in The Morning Call's Allentown office when it sounded as if something very heavy had been dropped on the...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 6:59 AM
Here are the SCI quarterly contest results for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Breaking news, Watchdog and Sense-Making were judged by editors of the Chicago Tribune under the watchful eye of Margaret Holt,...