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Sixth Fracking Explosion in West Virginia Prompts Cease and Desist Order

Because America is NOT expendable, stop fracking and other non-sustainable energy productionBy Deborah Dupre, examiner.com

After a sixth fracking explosion injured a worker and sent a tank flying 100 feet, government has shut down a repeat offender drill company based in West Virginia with a cease and desist order and a violation notice. The orders come as America’s main oil and gas trade group prepares to launch yet another aggressive campaign to promote non-renewable energy.

Repeat environmental, safety, and human rights offender, at least since 2010, Jay-Bee Oil and Gas has been shut down after its latest “fraccident” (fracking accident) when a worker was injured in an explosion that sent a tank flying last week. Continue reading Sixth Fracking Explosion in West Virginia Prompts Cease and Desist Order

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Next Stop for Oil Bomb Trains: Baltimore?

How would Baltimore's again train tunnel handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?
How would Baltimore’s Inner Harbor-area handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?
By Laurel Peltier, Baltimore Fishbowl

If Targa Resources has its way, “oil bomb” trains will rumble through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on their way to the company’s proposed Curtis Bay oil storage facility. The same type of oil trains that exploded in West Virginia this week may already be chugging through Baltimore, but no one knows for sure if that’s true or not. Let’s take a look at how our country’s fracking boom may put thousands of Maryland homes squarely in a potential oil train blast zone and also learn who’s trying to protect Maryland’s citizens. Continue reading Next Stop for Oil Bomb Trains: Baltimore?

Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Explosion, Sends Tanker Cars into River

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Note: The CSX train which derailed in a residential area near Montgomery, WV originated in North Dakota and was headed to a storage depot in Yorktown, Virginia. It was carrying highly volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale. Downstream water treatment plants have been closed because of the oil being spilled into the river.

In January 2014, an industrial chemical leak into the Elk River just two miles upstream of the Kanawha River tainted the water supply of 300,000.

In April 2014, a CSX train transporting Bakken shale crude oil to the same destination in Yorktown derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, exploding and spilling oil into the James River.

By WVNS TV

12:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Officials with CSX announced on Tuesday morning that shelters for those people affected by the train derailment in the Powellton Hollow area have been consolidated.  There are now two shelters set up in the area.  Those include Valley High School, which is being run by the American Red Cross, and the Glen Ferris Inn on U.S. Route 60.   Continue reading Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Explosion, Sends Tanker Cars into River

Fear of Explosions, Leaks Fuels Struggle Against Gas Pipelines

By Steve Smith, Hartford Courant

The opposition to the expansion of the Algonquin Natural Gas Pipeline, managed by Spectra Energy, Inc., is growing, as the proposed upgrades to the pipeline become more imminent.

Those opposed to the pipeline cite the fact that pipelines leak and sometimes even explode.

On Jan. 26, a gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia exploded, sending a ball of flames hundreds of feet into the air. No one was hurt in the incident, which remains under investigation. Three other incidents occurred on U.S. pipelines in January, including another explosions in Mississippi, a leak in Montana that spilled 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, and 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste that spilled from a North Dakota pipeline. Continue reading Fear of Explosions, Leaks Fuels Struggle Against Gas Pipelines

Groups Say Mexico Disaster Illustrates Gas Danger

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Opponents of a gas storage project on the west side of Seneca Lake say this explosion at a Mexico City hospital is an illustration of why they are fighting a proposal to store LPG gas in subterranean salt caverns. Photo by LA Times

By Seneca Daily

Groups fighting the storage of propane gas in salt caverns near Seneca Lake sounded an alarm, noting that a gas explosion that severely damaged a hospital in Mexico City on Thursday came from gases identical to those Crestwood Midstream wants to store here.

The explosion in Mexico City was caused when a hose on a gas delivery truck broke and the resulting fumes ignited. A nurse and a baby died in the blast and a second infant died Thursday night, Mexico City authorities said. More than 70 people were injured in the blast that collapsed about three-fourths of the hospital Continue reading Groups Say Mexico Disaster Illustrates Gas Danger