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Gas Line Explodes Near Mosque, Killing 16
Dozens of injuries also reported after blast in Bangladesh
- An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Bangladesh's capital, leaving 16 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns, officials say. The blast occurred Friday night as people were finishing their prayers at Baitus Salat Jame Mosque at Narayanganj, per a local police...
This Is the 3rd Big Pipeline Surprise in 48 Hours
US Supreme Court deals blow to Keystone oil pipeline project
- The US Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on Monday by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental permit for the project, the AP reports. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the long-disputed...
Another Pipeline Surprise: Dakota Site Is Shut Down
Federal judge says Dakota Access Pipeline must cease, at least temporarily
- For three years, the Dakota Access pipeline has been bearing oil from a North Dakota shale basin to Illinois, per a 2017 permit granted by President Trump to do so. Now, a federal judge has delivered what Bloomberg calls a "stunning defeat" to the Trump administration and the oil...
Administration Loses Bid for More Pipelines
Case springs from environmentalists' effort against Keystone XL
- A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines, an outcome that industry representatives said could delay more than 70 projects across the US and cost companies up to $2 billion. The case originated with...
Pol: Pandemic a 'Great Time' to Build Pipeline. Environmentalists Fume
Sonya Savage, energy minister in Alberta, Canada, says pandemic is keeping large protests at bay
- There just might be a silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic: There can't be any huge protests against pipelines being built. That's the take of a conservative Canadian politician, anyway, and it's one that's now getting some pushback. Per the Canadian Press , Sonya Savage, Alberta's...
Big Case for Famous Trail Hits the Supreme Court
Justices to rule on whether an oil pipeline can cross the Appalachian Trail in Virginia
- Arguments in a big environmental case were being heard at the Supreme Court on Monday, a dispute that pits builders of an oil pipeline versus supporters of the Appalachian Trail. We won't get a decision for months, but the ruling has the potential to snarl not just the construction...
She Wrote Letters to Dylann Roof. Now, a 15-Year Sentence
Ohio's Elizabeth Lecron had pleaded guilty to plotting 2 terror attacks
- An Ohio woman fixated on the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, as well as one at a historically black church in Charleston, SC, in 2015, now knows her fate for plotting two terror attacks herself. The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio says that...
Night Turned Into Morning. Then, 'Like an Atomic Bomb Went Off'
One dead, 5 injured, 7 missing after pipeline explosion near Junction City, Ky.
- A regional gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday in Kentucky, causing a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks, and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said. Some structures were completely consumed by the blaze, and five to seven people were unaccounted...
First a Blast, Then a Stampede. Now, Dozens Are Missing
Leaking oil pipeline explodes in Nigeria
- More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said Saturday. The blast early Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, a Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman told the AP . The Nembe trunk...
Horror in Mexico: 'Only a Handful of the Remains Still Had Skin'
Death toll rises to 73 in fuel pipeline blast
- On Friday, hundreds of people had gathered in an almost festive atmosphere in a field where a pipeline had been perforated by fuel thieves and gasoline spewed 20 feet into the air. State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said the pipeline, which supplies much of central Mexico with fuel, had just...
Oil Firm Says They Were Stealing Fuel. Then, a Giant Fireball
Pipeline explosion kills 66, injures dozens in Tlahuelilpan, Mexico
- A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 66 people and left 85 others missing in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold. It came just three weeks after new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an...
Court Cites Dr. Seuss in Ruling Against Pipeline
Virginia judges say Forest Service failed its duty to 'speak for the trees,' Lorax-style
- A federal appeals court in Virginia thinks the US Forest Service forgot a fundamental part of its mission, and it summoned Dr. Seuss to remind them. “We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,'" the fourth...
Pipeline Breach Dumps 8,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel in Ind. River
Cleanup could take weeks
- A Texas company says one of its pipelines has spilled more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into a river in the northeastern Indiana city of Decatur. Houston-based Buckeye Pipe Line says it immediately shut down the line Friday evening when it detected a pressure problem. The fuel spilled...
Nuns Oppose Fracking Pipeline by Building Chapel in Cornfield
Natural gas pipeline would go through land they consider sacred
- The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order own land in Lancaster County, Penn., that they consider sacred. Now Williams, an energy company, wants to run a gas pipeline through that land—and the nuns have constructed a chapel on the grounds, in the middle of a...
Music Fest Makes Hardcore Investment in Fans' Drinking
A pipeline will bring in 105K gallons of beer to heavy-metal aficionados
- Concertgoers at Germany's annual Wacken Open Air music festival are hardcore, and soon their drinking setup will be, too. Vice's Munchies reports that organizers for the fest—which takes place in August and will this year include the likes of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Megadeth, plus dozens...
Army Issues Order on Disputed Pipeline
Sioux vow to protest latest Dakota development
- The Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to proceed under a disputed Missouri River crossing, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday, the latest twist in a months-long legal battle over the project. The Standing Rock Sioux, whose opposition to the...
Strong Quake Rattles 'Pipeline Crossroads of the World'
Parts of Oklahoma city cordoned off
- A 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world's key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows, triggering fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old buildings unsafe in Cushing, the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes . Cushing Assistant City...
1 Dead, 6 Hurt in Alabama Pipeline Blast
Blast happened near site of September leak
- An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama killed one worker and injured six others Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline in September, authorities say. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened near...
Government Sides With Tribe, Halts Pipeline Construction
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says it's a 'game changer'
- On the heels of major defeat comes surprising victory: Shortly after a federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the federal government stepped in and did exactly that. ABC News reports the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior,...
Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Pipeline
Judge: Standing Rock Sioux didn't prove Dakota Access injunction warranted
- A federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux's request for a temporary halt to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, the AP reports. Judge James Boasberg says he took the tribe's request very seriously— NPR notes he acknowledged the "contentious and tragic" relationship between Native...
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