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  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels. Nevertheless, the new spill from a ruptured underground pipe is being held up as another reason to oppose...

  • LOS ANGELES— Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings. Potter lived on the outer edge of extreme sports and died Saturday pushing the envelope in his beloved Yosemite National Park when he and a friend leaped off Taft Point, some...

  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. The stakes are high for Wyoming— the nation's leading coal-producing state— to find new markets.

  • Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death. Most were initially considered to be due to natural causes or heart failure, but the men were later found to have all inhaled toxic amounts of hydrocarbon chemicals after tank gauging— taking measurements of oil or other byproducts in the tank— or takings samples of...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • The immediate effects of the rulings appear limited to a single mine in northwestern Colorado that could lose its permit if a new environmental review isn't completed within four months. Two of the rulings involving Colorado mines, from U.S. A similar case threatens to block production at another mine, in the coal-rich Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

  • SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb.— The Western Sugar Cooperative intends to expand the production capacity at plants in Nebraska and Colorado while reducing its Torrington, Wyoming, operation to sugar storage and shipping. Kent Wimmer, the co-op's director of shareholder relations and governmental affairs, said Thursday that staffs at the Fort Morgan, Colorado, and...

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • The American Petroleum Institute's petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., would set aside a requirement for improvements to railroad tank cars that are known to fail during accidents. The Department of Transportation rules unveiled May 1 call for an estimated 43,000 cars that primarily haul crude to be phased out or retrofitted by...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • NEW CUYAMA, Calif.— Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at rural California's Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom. New Cuyama has no access to fiber optic cables. Across the country, school districts in rural areas like New Cuyama and other...

  • May 5- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday sued three defendants it accused of running a fraud and Ponzi scheme in which they raised more than $62 million from investors eager to benefit from growth in the North Dakota oil industry. According to the SEC, North Dakota Developments LLC and its owners, Robert Gavin and Daniel Hogan, illegally...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...