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As U.S. Energy Industry Booms, Oil Hubs Run Out Of Storage Space

Friday, March 27, 2015

U.S. oil production is at near record levels. But the success has led to a question of where to store all that oil. One of the country's biggest oil hubs is now almost full.

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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

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All Things Considered

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.

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The Takeaway

Future of Coal Industry Before Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The EPA says power plants that run on coal and oil emit too many harmful chemicals like mercury and arsenic. But industry backers say reducing emissions is too expensive. 

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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The head of the country's meteorological administration says it faces climate disasters and ecological degradation resulting from a warming planet.

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All Things Considered

Interior Department Issues New Federal Rules On 'Fracking'

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Obama administration introduced new rules Friday to regulate oil and gas "fracking" on federal lands.

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Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Friday, March 20, 2015

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establish safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.

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All Things Considered

Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie is defending the state's $225 million settlement for decades of contamination at two refineries as a "good deal." But Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists say otherwise.

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The Takeaway

NJ Lawmakers Say Christie's Exxon Deal Stinks

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week, the New Jersey State Senate approved two measures designed to push back against an environmental settlement Governor Chris Christie recently proposed to make with Exxon.

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Morning Edition

A Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Increase Global Oil Glut

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The price of oil has plummeted as a glut of crude sits idle in tankers and in storage. And more oil could be on the way if a nuclear deal removes the caps on Iranian oil exports.

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Morning Edition

After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. Now, the company wants to move its stored waste to two abandoned mines.

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All Things Considered

Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mexico has opened up its oil and gas fields to foreign investors. But they're slow to enter, as low oil prices, drug violence and other challenges trump the lure of a vast and undeveloped shale bed.

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All Things Considered

Alaska Town Braces For Another Boom

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Small communities across the U.S. are struggling to deal with rapid oil and gas development. The influx of workers and activity can strain services and infrastructure. But planning helps.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Despite Upgrades, Explosions Continue on Trains Carrying Crude Oil

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Huge quantities of crude oil are being transported by rail, and while new rail cars are sturdier, this has not prevented ruptures and explosive fireballs on these trains.

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Morning Edition

Plans To Explore For Oil Offshore Worry East Coast Residents

Thursday, March 12, 2015

With memories of the massive BP spill still fresh, residents are hoping to stop offshore drilling and underwater seismic testing. Industry leaders say they follow rules meant to protect wildlife.

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All Things Considered

New Transmission Line To Carry Wind Energy Not Met With Open Arms

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Public meetings are underway in Oklahoma and Arkansas to get input on a high-voltage transmission line. The U.S. hasn't added a line like this since the 1970s, but not everyone is happy about it.

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Morning Edition

Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A few years ago, Nicaragua was almost totally dependent on imported fuel. Now the country's fierce winds, sun and volcanoes generate nearly half the country's electricity, and perhaps 80 percent soon.

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All Things Considered

As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Environmentalists and Democrats have launched investigations into the funding of climate skeptics. Some say the probes are necessary, while others worry they could rightly be seen as harassment.

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All Things Considered

Boston Bombing Jury Sees Tsarnaev's Writings

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Prosecutors in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev presented photos Tuesday of the blood-stained note he left in the boat where he was captured.

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Morning Edition

Low Oil Prices Could Stall Explosive Growth In Montana Boom Town

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Oil production appears to be churning right along in Sidney. But leaders are bracing for a whole lot less oil tax revenue to pay for services that are stretched thin.

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