This Aug. 20, 2013 aerial file photo shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

Japan regulator urges monitoring of Fukushima sea

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Japan’s nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country’s wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.
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Nobody hurt in South Texas drilling rig fire

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Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze.
Fire fighters continue to water smoldering rubble  Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec.  A runaway train derailed  Saturday igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS,Ryan Remiorz)

3 arrested during oil train protest in Auburn

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Three people have been arrested after sitting down on the railroad tracks in Auburn to protest the transport of crude oil along Maine rail lines.
Blackside dace are a colorful minnow found in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, and western Virginia. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via J.R. Shute, Conservation Fisheries, Inc.)

Study documents fish kill from hydraulic fracturing fluid

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Hydraulic fracturing fluids from nearby natural gas wells probably caused endangered fish in a Kentucky creek to die off, according to two federal agencies that studied the 2007 incident.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Production set to resume at platform where fire killed three workers

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Black Elk Energy’s West Delta 22 production platform will resume operations early next week, nine months after a deadly explosion.
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An out-of-control natural gas well ignited a fire on a Hercules rig in the Gulf of Mexico in July. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds to collect info on ‘near misses’ offshore

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The federal government on Wednesday moved to fill a major gap in overseeing the safety of offshore oil and gas development, by pledging to develop a system for tracking near-miss incidents that could be a harbinger of bigger problems.
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Most lawsuits settled in gas pipeline explosion

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The companies that own a gas pipeline that exploded near Charleston in December have settled all but one of the lawsuits filed by residents who were impacted by the blast.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Embassy of the Philippines vows to protect claims of workers hurt in Gulf blast

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Officials from the Philippines vowed to protect the rights and claims of workers from the country who were injured and killed in last year’s fatal Gulf platform blast.
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More died on the job in Texas last year

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Michael Cunningham, executive director of the Texas Building & Construction Trades Council for the AFL-CIO in Austin, hadn’t seen the data but suspects a sizable portion of the increase comes from the surge in oil and gas exploration and production in Texas.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Black Elk-funded investigation blames contractors for fatal platform explosion

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The fatal explosion of a Gulf of Mexico production platform last November was sparked by contractors conducting maintenance work at the site, according to an investigation commissioned by the Houston-based company that owned the facility.