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Crude Oil On A Train Through Your Town? You Have A Right To Know, Judge Says

Rail giants CSX and Norfolk Southern have tried to keep information about crude oil moving along their rails quiet, but a federal judge disagreed.

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W.Va. Miners Face Uncertain Future As Demand For Coal Drops

Since 2008, the average price of a ton of U.S. coal has plunged, reflecting a dramatic drop in demand for coal. The industry's decline has also inflicted huge job losses. In a rural, southwestern part of West Virginia, laid-off miners must plan for an uncertain future.
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Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country.
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D.C. Energy and Environment Chief Tommy Wells

We chat with Tommy Wells, a former D.C. lawmaker and current director of the city's Department of Energy and Environment.

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Small Texas City Feels Pain Of Falling Crude Oil Prices

This week, oil prices plunged, falling below $43 a barrel. A year ago, a barrel of West Texas crude oil was selling for more than twice that. Consumers in most of the country are reaping the benefits. But the downside of low prices means tough times for oil field workers. In a small Texas city, nearly everyone is feeling the pain of low oil prices.
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Closure Of BP Refinery Sends Gasoline Prices Soaring In The Midwest

Gasoline prices in the Midwest are up sharply even as oil prices head down. The problem is unscheduled repairs at a big BP refinery in Indiana.
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Arlington's Discovery Elementary Being Built As First 'Net Zero' School In Virginia

Slated to open in September, Arlington's Discovery School will have 2,000 solar panels and a geothermal well field.

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How DC Water Turns Poop Into Power

It might sound gross, but D.C. Water is discovering the raw power... of poop. They're even working on ways to sell it back to you.

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Wyoming Boom Town Worries Less Demand For Coal Will Darken Its Future

In Wyoming, the coal mining town of Gillette is booming. But under the Obama administration's new regulations for carbon emissions from power plants, demand for coal is expected to plummet.
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EPA Evaluates Impact Of Wastewater Spill In Colorado

An estimated 3 million gallons of orange fluid that spilled from the Gold King Mine in Colorado has traveled from the Animas River in Colorado to the San Juan River in New Mexico.

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