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    May 11, 2014  

    In North Dakota an oil boom has transformed the state’s economy. Nearly a million barrels of crude come out of the ground each day in the state, and instead of traveling by pipeline, most North Dakota oil goes by rail. But as the industry is projected to grow, a series of catastrophic – and at times deadly – accidents has brought new scrutiny to the practice of hauling oil by rail. Continue reading

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    May 10, 2014   BY Stephen Fee 

    After a series of fiery derailments over the past year — including a deadly incident in Quebec last summer — regulators and policy makers are asking questions about the safety of oil by rail. Continue reading

  • Freight railroads have threatened to halt shipment of toxic chemicals if Congress does not extend a deadline to start using enhanced rail safety technology, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Photo by Curtis Tate/MCT via Getty Images
    May 7, 2014   BY Joan Lowy, Associated Press 

    The emergency order requires that each railroad operating trains containing more than 1 million gallons of crude oil — the equivalent of about 35 tank cars — from the booming Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada provide information on the trains’ expected movement, including frequency and county-by-county routes, to the states they traverse. The order also requires that railroads disclose the volume of oil being transported and how emergency responders can contact “at least one responsible party” at the railroad. Continue reading

  • An empty bullet shell is seen outside the entrance of the al-Ghani oil field, belonging to Libya's Harouge Oil Operations company, near the city of Waddan in the central Al-Jufrah province on March 23, 2013. Photo by Abdullah Doma/Getty Images
    April 11, 2014   BY Andy Swab 

    New protests in Libya on Friday soured a lucrative oil deal between the parliament in Tripoli and rebel groups in the eastern part of the country. The protests shut down an oil terminal and refinery at Zawiya, located 28 miles west of the capitol in Tripoli, but also left the state of Libya’s oil exports open to speculation on world commodities markets. Oil and gas exports in Libya, the source of 95 percent of revenues for the democratic government established after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, were thrown open to question. Continue reading

  • An oil spill worker recovers and cleans a bird soiled by crude oil in this March 1989 file image. Photo by Bob Hallinen/Anchorage Daily News/MCT
    March 24, 2014   BY Ashley Ahearn, EarthFix 

    Twenty-five years ago the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, Calif., ran aground off of the south coast of Alaska. The vessel released 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, polluting 1,300 miles of coastline. Scientists Gary Shigenaka and Alan Mearns responded to the disaster. They told EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn about the devastation they witnessed — especially among birds and marine life — all those years ago. Continue reading

  • March 17, 2014   BY Associated Press 

    The SEALs boarded the tanker Morning Glory late Sunday in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus. Rear Adm. John Kirby said no one was injured in the operation, which was approved by President Barack Obama. Continue reading

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    February 19, 2014  

    As shale and natural gas fracking booms in South Texas, a new report raises unsettling concerns about possible related health risks and poor air quality. The Center for Public Integrity collaborated with others in examining nearly 300 complaints filed by residents. Jim Morris, a journalist who contributed to the report, joins Judy Woodruff to detail the findings and respond to the industry’s rejection. Continue reading

  • October 22, 2013  

    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have arisen from "cumulative" disagreements on a variety of international issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks with chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner and former State Department analyst Graeme Bannerman about the history of the alliance and risks of a reduced U.S. role in the region. Continue reading

  • August 16, 2013  

    Thousands of species of plant and wildlife call Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park home, but it is believed that beneath the lush floor lies $7.2 billion of oil. Drilling could threaten the rain forest’s biodiversity and indigenous populations. Some scientists argue a balance could be found. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    With an estimated 5,500 species in the Yasuni National Park, Ecuador has some of the largest biodiversity in the world. But Yasuni is also home to nearly 850 million barrels of crude oil, which Ecuador may choose to leave untapped if the world community compensates the nation to leave the oil permanently in the ground. Continue reading