Bakken Oil Rolls Into California, Bringing Air Hazards Along With It

By modifying language on a permit to allow for oil shipments without an environmental review, one attorney says a California air quality agency “marks a very troubling turn,” with regulators “entering into backroom deals with the industry they’re supposed to be regulating.”

Damaged Refinery Gas Pipes

SACRAMENTO --- Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit alleging that a California air quality agency has granted an illegal and clandestine permit allowing oil trains carrying Bakken crude to transfer their dangerously volatile cargo into oil trucks at a rail yard seven miles from downtown Sacramento. According to the Sept. 23 complaint, an existing

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NewsBreak: Oil Train Dangers Extend Past Bakken

Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said all crude shipments are flammable and can damage the environment — not just the Bakken shipments involved in a series of fiery accidents.

Oil Trains Emergency Order

BILLINGS, Mont. — The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said. Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said all crude shipments are

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North Dakota Asks Nation For Help In Human Trafficking Epidemic

North Dakota’s male-dominated oil fields have created huge demand for sex workers. This demand has led to a human trafficking epidemic that the state can’t remedy on its own.

Bakken sign

It’s an unfortunate reality seen throughout the world: where there are men and money, there are prostitutes. And where there are prostitutes, there are victims of human trafficking. Not all individuals selling sex choose to do so willingly -- some reports estimate that about 70 percent of “prostitutes” are actually human trafficking victims.

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US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis Of Illegal Toxic Dumping

Toxic materials from gas drilling industry creating ‘legacy of radioactivity’.

Industrial waste from fracking sites is leaving a "legacy of radioactivity" across the country as the drilling boom churns out more and more toxic byproducts with little to no oversight of the disposal process, critics warn. According to a new report in Bloomberg Wednesday, the controversial oil and gas drilling process known as hydraulic

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Investigation: Bakken Oil Waste Threatens Montana Farms And Local Water Supply

Since two Montana farmers decided to establish a radioactive waste facility on their land, one family has made it their mission to shut it down.

Oil Changing Plains

Editor's note: Some names have been changed in this article to protect the identities of certain individuals who came to MintPress with concerns about how this landfill would affect the health and well-being of those who lived nearby and depended on water sources the landfill could potentially pollute. Several days after we interviewed those

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Sunken Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Raises Spill Fears

A growing chorus of activists and members of Congress is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up production in North Dakota’s Bakken region and Canada’s Alberta tar sands boosts the amount of oil coursing through pipelines crossing the nation’s heartland.

Straits of Mackinac

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A freshwater channel that separates Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer's delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world's longest suspension bridges. But nowadays the Straits of Mackinac is drawing attention

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