Science & Environment

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After collision, Texas ship channel awash in oil

The collision sent 170,000 gallons of oil into the body of water that connects the Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and deals with up to 80 vessels per day. The oil quickly spread into neighboring bodies of water.

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Loss of life in Harlem the price paid for crumbling infrastructure

It's no coincidence that the collapsed buildings were served by a 127 year-old gas main; those in the labor movement are feeling the unfortunate burden of vindication.

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Scientists warn California could experience megadrought

Although the storm system that brought precipitation to LA is going to help combat the drought in the short-term, weather officials don't believe it will have a lasting effect. The drought is a product of climate change.

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After gas explosion, Chevron offers victims free pizza

The Chevron-owned fracking well shot flames into the air with a powerful boom, starting a fire that burned intensely for four days afterward before it was extinguished.

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West Virginia hit by another chemical spill

About 108,000 gallons of waste from a coal processing facility leaked into a tributary of the Kanawha River on Feb. 11, polluting 6 miles of Fields Creek. The waste includes all manner of toxic chemicals and metals.

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Weathering the floods in England

At long last the army has arrived on the Somerset Levels (a coastal area in South West England) where floodwaters have been disrupting normal life since just after Christmas.

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We are West Virginia

Your water, air, food, products - you live in one state. But you rely on many; you can't get by without the resources and people of every part in this union.

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Major Duke Energy ash spill turns Dan River gray

Duke Energy and local officials assure residents that the water is fine. End of subject. But the crisis isn't over.

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W.Va. disaster culprit Freedom Industries declares bankruptcy

With $30 million in assets and $3 million in liabilities, Freedom Industries followed a tried and true coal industry tactic of declaring bankruptcy and moving assets to a new company.

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West Virginia chemical spill: a predictable water crisis

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, industry has worked diligently to weaken the law's enforcement and oversight.

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