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2 years 8 months ago

Experts: Some fracking critics use bad science

PITTSBURGH (AP) - In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too. Critics of fracking often raise alarms about groundwater pollution, air pollution and cancer risks, and there are still many uncertainties....

3 years 9 months ago

Deal would speed cuts in western coal pollution

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Aging coal-fired power plants across the West could be forced to install costly pollution control equipment under a new agreement between federal regulators and environmentalists. Many utilities already have cut air emissions in recent years to meet health standards. Next up are even deeper cuts...

4 years 3 months ago

Coal train derails near Pueblo Airport

A coal train bound for Texas derailed east of Pueblo Saturday morning, crashing 32 rail cars and spilling tons of coal. The accident happened near the intersection of U.S. 50 and Baxter Road, near the Pueblo airport. A spokeswoman for the BNSF railroad said no one was hurt in...

4 years 5 months ago

Coal industry group challenges PUC

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado coal-industry group has asked two public utilities commissioners to recuse themselves from considering a plan by Xcel Energy to switch some power plants to run on natural gas instead of coal. A new state law required Xcel Energy to file a plan to cut...

4 years 6 months ago

Hearing on Xcel energy plan

State regulators are gathering comment on Xcel Energy's plan to use less coal to produce electricity. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing on the plan Monday in Grand Junction starting at 6 p.m. Xcel has proposed spending $1.3 billion to convert coal-fired power plants to...

4 years 9 months ago

Surprise inspections must remain a surprise

A federal judge has ordered a Kentucky mining company to stop alerting miners to surprise inspections by federal regulators. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in London, Ky., issued the order Friday barring Manalapan Mining Co. from warning underground miners that inspectors are on site. The tips are a...

5 years 1 month ago

China doubles wind power in single year

China doubled the amount of energy generated from windmills last year, a report from the global wind industry said Wednesday. The Global Wind Energy Council, which represents companies that make and manage wind power stations, said the sector grew rapidly last year - with total wind capacity up 31...

5 years 2 months ago

Study sees parking lot dust as a cancer risk

Chemicals in a cancer-causing substance used to seal pavement, parking lots and driveways across the U.S. are showing up at alarming levels in dust in homes, prompting concerns about the potential health effects of long-term exposure, a new study shows. The substance is coal tar sealant, a waste product...

5 years 4 months ago

Freight train derails, dumps coal in Houston

A freight train carrying coal has derailed in southwest Houston. No injuries were reported. At least a dozen cars including some seen crumpled next to each other went off the tracks when the train derailed late Monday morning. A Union Pacific spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment....

5 years 6 months ago

EPA identifies 79 coal mine permits for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 coal mine permit applications in four Appalachian states for additional scrutiny. The agency said Friday it wants to make certain the proposed surface mines won't cause water pollution and violate the Clean Water Act. The mines are in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio...

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