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Utility held responsible for fatal California wildfires 11 June 2018

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a media release on June 8 that an additional 12 of the wildfires that overwhelmed Northern California's wine country last October were due to tree branches touching Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power lines. Two weeks previously, Cal Fire said PG&E had been responsible for three of the other wildfires that swept across the region. ...

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Canadian company claims breakthrough in transforming CO2 into liquid fuel 08 June 2018

A Canadian company is making liquid fuel that is carbon neutral, low cost, and made by combining CO2 sucked from the air with hydrogen made by breaking down water through renewable energy. British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering is aiming to keep the costs below $100 for each tonne of CO2 removed from the atmosphere, against $600 and above up until now....

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Hundreds of US solar projects shelved after Trump imposes tariff on imported panels 07 June 2018

A report by Reuters claims that President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led US renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs. This compares with $1 billion in new spending plans announced by companies building or expanding US solar panel factories....

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Canadian government to buy controversial oil pipeline for C$4.5bn 31 May 2018

Canada’s federal government has announced it will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for C$4.5bn (US$3.4bn) to ensure plans to expand the pipeline go ahead. Kinder Morgan had threatened to pull out of the project, which will triple capacity on the pipeline between Edmonton in Alberta and Burnaby in British Columbia, because of environmental and political opposition....

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Worker killed in explosion at Procter & Gamble plant in Louisiana 29 May 2018

According to local media, a man was reportedly operating a fork lift vehicle at the P&G Alexandria plant in Pineville, Louisiana, when an explosion occurred. A spokesperson for the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office said that the explosion was contained to the fork lift and that no fire was reported. All other workers on the site were sent home....

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Trump administration to rescind most safety regulations proposed after fatal West explosion 22 May 2018

Five years after the fatal explosion of the West Fertilizer plant in Texas, which killed 15 and injured 260, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed rules that will not include many of the Obama administration regulations the agency had proposed for chemical plants in the wake of the explosion....

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Texas chemical plant explosion and fire injures 21 21 May 2018

On May 19, specialty chemical manufacturer Kuraray America confirmed that a fire had occurred at the company’s EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas, and that 21 individuals were transported to off-site medical facilities for treatment. Local media reported that many of the casualties had burn injuries....

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Large oil spill affects Montana Native American reservation 17 May 2018

Trucks have removed more than 1,400 tons of contaminated soil following a large oil spill on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, The Billings Gazette reported. An estimated 600 barrels of oil and 90,000 barrels of brine (production water) leaked from an Anadarko Minerals wellhead that was shut in and last inspected in December....

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Michigan magnesium company had history of safety violations before explosion - Updated 14 May 2018

The automotive parts factory where an explosion injured two workers on May 2 has a history of recent safety violations, according to local media. State safety documents show the violations included separate incidents in which employees suffered burns at the Eaton Rapids plant, which is owned and operated by Meridian Magnesium Products of America....

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Michigan magnesium plant fire injures two 04 May 2018

Two people were injured and nearly 150 workers were evacuated from an auto parts plant in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2 after a fire and a series of explosions. The blaze at Meridian Magnesium, the city’s largest employer, was extinguished within 24 hours but the main building suffered serious damage, with part of the roof blown off....

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