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Canada May Have Just Set A Fracking Earthquake World Record

Canada fracking earthquakesLate last month, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Fox Creek, Alberta. The province's energy regulator is pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing which, if confirmed, would make it the largest earthquake ever to have been induced by the method.

The earthquake, which was severe enough to cause minor damage, happened on January 22. It was the largest of a swarm of earthquakes to strike the region across a 50 kilometer (31 mile) radius. The town, which is primarily sustained by oil and gas development, is located about 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Edmonton and is home to about 2,000 people.

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Second Oil “Bomb Train” Derailment in Philadelphia in One Year

Oil tran derails So. PhiladelphiaToday the second major oil “bomb train” derailment occurred in Philadelphia, risking residents’ lives, endangering drivers on one of the nation’s busiest highways, I-95, and putting waterways at risk. One year and eleven days ago, early on Martin Luther King Day 2014, seven cars carrying Bakken Shale crude derailed over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in a “near miss from disaster.”

That derailment put the entire University of Pennsylvania medical complex, the Schuylkill Expressway, the Veterans Administration, Children’s Hospital, and other major institutions at risk, along with a chunk of Philadelphia’s residential population too big to safely evacuate.

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Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Settled At The Bottom Of The Gulf After BP Oil Spill

Oil at botto of gulfMillions of gallons of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t get cleaned up, and instead settled in the sediment of the Gulf of Mexico’s floor, a new study has found.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that 6 to 10 million gallons of oil from the spill are buried in the seafloor. The researchers measured the amount of carbon 14 — a radioactive carbon isotope that’s found in organic material but not found in oil — in an approximately 24,000 km² area of sediment near the spill site, a process which allowed them to see what parts of the sediment were low in carbon 14 and thus contained oil.

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New Jersey community fears DuPont could shirk toxic cleanup

Dupont shirks cleanup in NJAs a child, Tina Marsh wiled away long summer days as many children do — riding bikes, fishing and swimming in local lakes and streams.

But her idyllic childhood ended with a cervical cancer diagnosis at 17. She believes her cancer was caused by growing up in a neighborhood plagued by pollution, dipping in waters and breathing in air laced with a dangerous cocktail of chemicals.

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Panel: Canada dam's construction on glacial soil lead to massive spill

mt. polley damA massive spill from a dam containing mine waste in the Canadian province of British Columbia last year was caused by a flawed design, which did not account for the presence of a glacial lake deposit at the dam’s foundation, an independent panel said Friday.

The spill had called into question provincial government inspections of tailings dams and could delay or even derail other energy and mining projects planned in the famously "green" province. However, the panel found that additional inspections of the tailings facility would not have prevented the failure.

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Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia, Sends Fireball Shooting Hundreds Of Feet In The Air

W.Va. pipelineA gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia exploded into a ball of flames on Monday morning, marking the fourth major mishap at a U.S. pipeline this month.

No one was hurt in the explosion, but residents told the local WTRF 7 news station that they could see a massive fireball shooting hundreds of feet into the air. An emergency dispatcher reportedly told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the flames had melted the siding off one home and damaged at least one power line. The gas pipeline is owned by Houston, Texas-based The Enterprise Products, L.P., which said Monday evening that it is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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China’s Louisiana Purchase: Who’s building a methanol plant on the bayou?

methanolA prominent Chinese tycoon and politician — whose natural gas company's environmental and labor rights record recently started coming under fire in the Chinese press — is parking assets in a multibillion dollar methanol plant in a Louisiana town. And he appears to be doing it with help from the administration of likely GOP 2016 presidential ticket contender Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Not many locals in a predominantly black neighborhood of St. James Parish — halfway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge — know that Wang Jinshu, the Communist Party Secretary for the northeastern Chinese village of Yuhuang and a former delegate to the National People’s Congress, is the man at the helm of a $1.85 billion methanol plant to be built in their town over the next two years with a $9.5 million incentive package from the state.

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