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PG&E Charged With Obstruction Over Deadly San Bruno Pipeline Blast 30.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E's safety practices, but not obstruction. Prosecutors say PG&E hampered the investigation by lying to National Transportation Safety Board investigators after the blast. In particular, PG&E officials are accused of trying to mislead the NTSB about the pipeline testing and maintenance procedures the utility was following at the time of the explosion and for six months after under a company policy that did not meet federal safety standards. "The consequence of this practice was that PG&E did not prioritize as ...
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GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Takes Heat For Big Oil Fundraiser 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who's running for Iowa's open seat, is under fire for planning to attend a fundraiser with the political action committees of the American Petroleum Institute and Exxon Mobil on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Democratic group Americans United For Change is running a radio ad slamming Ernst for the upcoming fundraiser, saying that "Big Oil thinks Joni Ernst is on their side, and she sure isn't refusing their money ... tell Joni her Big Oil friends are no friends to Iowa farmers and our rural economy." Ernst said in an April interview that she stands "behind the renewable fuel standards" and while she's philosophically "opposed to subsidies," she won't "do something that puts Iowa at risk." The renewable fuel standard requires biofuels like ethanol to be used in certain vehicles rather than relying exclusively on traditional oil sources, such as petroleum, from foreign countries. Iowa's economy is a big beneficiary of ethanol usage, though the resulting decrease in ...
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NRDC Report Helps Guide Major Fuel Buyers to Sustainable Biofuels Procurement 29.7.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014)—Amid increasing interest in alternative transportation fuels, a new report shows how federal agencies and other large commercial customers can buy sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those linked to major deforestation, destroyed wildlife habitat and fouled waterways.
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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Bloom Prompts Warning 29.7.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)There's a warning out for beach-goers to beware of blue-green algae. Some types of the algae are very toxic, even deadly, to people and especially pets. The most recent warning is for Carver Lake in Woodbury.
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Woodbury's Carver Lake has harmful algae 29.7.2014 Twincities.com: Local

A potentially dangerous kind of algae has been found in Carver Lake in Woodbury.

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Certifiably Sustainable: New Report Shows how Large Biofuel Users can Reduce Risk and Help the Environment 28.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Brian Siu, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.: Large fuel consumers are increasingly considering biofuels as a replacement for conventional petroleum, as a way to reduce their environmental impact and as a long-term solution to oil dependence. These are valid pursuits, yet they can be undermined by purchasing...
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Editorial: Chicago City Council: Meddling with your gas tank 28.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Aldermen consider an ethanol mandate Aldermen consider an ethanol ...
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In Lake of the Woods, growing algae blooms puzzle scientists 28.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Scientists don't yet know exactly how much blooms have expanded, but early findings suggest the algae is getting thicker, likely due to a combination of climate change and decades-old pollution.
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Limits on ethanol fuel sales have U.S. senators concerned 27.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Groundwater depletion and western US water supply 25.7.2014 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. This study is the first to quantify the amount that groundwater contributes to the water needs of western states. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the federal water management agency, the basin has been suffering from prolonged, severe drought since 2000 and has experienced the driest 14-year period in the last hundred years.
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Franken: EPA may scale back renewable fuel production cuts 25.7.2014 Twincities.com: Business

Sen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production.

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Franken: EPA May Scale Back Renewable Fuel Cuts 25.7.2014 WCCO: National
E85, Ethanol, genericSen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production. An Environmental Protection Agency proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.
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4 beach read lists for your summer vacation 25.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Daily Circuit producer Stephanie Curtis is heading to the beach for two weeks and shares a few ideas about what she, and you, might bring to read.
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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.
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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned 24.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and ...
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Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail 23.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year.[ID:nL2N0PY11N] The following is reaction to the proposed rules: American Petroleum Institute, whose more than 600 members produce, process and distribute oil and natural gas: “The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents,” API President and Chief Executive Jack Gerard said in a statement. U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who has pressed regulators to make tank cars safer: “We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with ...
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Solar Company Sungevity Raises $1.5 Million For Nonprofit Partners 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sungevity, Inc. , a company created to allow homeowners to design their own solar power systems through an online process, announced Wednesday that they had reached a key milestone with their nonprofit partners. The company's partnership program, Sungevity.org , works with nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes while encouraging their members to choose Sungevity for their solar installations. Sungevity has now donated more than $1.5 million to nonprofits ranging from the Sierra Club and Save the Frogs to schools and science centers. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the company will announce Wednesday that it is making a $50,000 donation to their local food bank in California, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and adding them as a partner nonprofit. The ACCFB serves a sixth of Alameda County residents and distributes 450,000 meals worth of food every week. For each customer that installs solar with Sungevity, the company will donate to their nonprofit of choice. “Every home ...
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Court rules France responsible in toxic algae case 22.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
PARIS (AP) — A French court has found the state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach killed by toxic algae.
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In the Presence of Fluoride, Free Sc3+ Is Not a Good Predictor of Sc Bioaccumulation by Two Unicellular Algae: Possible Role of Fluoro-Complexes 21.7.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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California NEEDS dry farming! 18.7.2014 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Residents of California have been noting something disconcerting when they hit the grocery store this year: it's a terrible year for stone fruit. Despite the fact that it's the height of summer, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cherries and their ilk are much more expensive than unusual, and of much poorer quality, too. What's going on? The answer lies in the state's extreme drought, which wreaked havoc on numerous crops this year, including stone fruit. The state's agriculture may be undergoing some major shifts in the coming years thanks to climate change and natural shifts in rainfall levels, and it's not the only region looking at a drier future.
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