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USGS releases models of wastewater quake risks as lawmakers debate fracking safety

A hearing before the House Science committee showed the sharp divide over the seismic hazards of hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal as the U.S Geological Survey released its first pass at modeling the risks of earthquakes induced by human activity.

"Potentially induced seismicity greatly increases the seismic hazard in Oklahoma and in the other induced seismicity zones," the USGS report said. 

But Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told the Science committee hearing that he thinks fracking-related earthquakes are being overblown.

21 confirmed dead in north China coal mine flood

BEIJING (AP) — Search teams have recovered the bodies of 21 Chinese coal miners who died when the shaft where they were working filled with water, an official said Thursday.

After days of rescue efforts following the accident Sunday, the final death toll of 21 was confirmed by a Datong city government official who gave only his surname, Meng. More than 600 rescuers had been working to pump water from the shaft and drill holes from the surface at the Jiangjiawan mine near the northern city of Datong.

Alert expected over hydrocarbon inhalation

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Federal agencies and oil and gas industry safety groups are expected to issue an alert over the potential dangers of hydrocarbon inhalation following a spate of deaths involving workers opening hatches over storage tanks, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Japan court supports planned restart of 2 nuclear reactors

TOKYO (AP) — A court rejected an injunction requested by local residents opposed to resuming operations of two nuclear reactors in southern Japan, giving the go-ahead Wednesday for their restart as planned this summer.

The Kagoshima District Court decision regarding the Sendai No. 1 and No. 2 reactors was a major relief for the power industry and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pro-business government. Another court last week banned restarts of two reactors in western Japan.

Chinese officials blame chemical plant bosses for explosion

BEIJING (AP) — China's work safety watchdog on Wednesday blamed an explosion at a chemical plant in southeast China this month on the factory's management and failings in local government supervision.

The April 6 blast and ensuing hydrocarbon fire at the paraxylene plant in Fujian province left six people hospitalized and renewed discussion on China's social media about the potential dangers of factories that produce the toxic chemical.

19 confirmed dead, 2 missing in north China coal mine flood

BEIJING (AP) — Search teams have recovered the bodies of 19 Chinese coal miners who died when the shaft where they were working filled with water, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.

The updated death toll came as rescuers were working frantically to find two miners still listed as missing. More than 600 rescuers have been working to pump water from the shaft and drill holes from the surface at the Jiangjiawan mine near the northern city of Datong.

Pipeline regulator short of resources to tackle massive task

Source: 
Politico

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration lacks the personnel, resources and will to fully monitor the nation’s growing pipeline network, according to a Politico investigation.

7 dead, 13 trapped in flooded northern China coal mine

BEIJING (AP) — At least seven coal miners were killed and 13 left trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China, state media reported Tuesday.

More than 600 rescue workers were pumping water and drilling holes from the surface in hopes of reaching those still inside the Jiangjiawan mine near the city of Datong, the reports said.

Nuclear waste drums appear stable after signs of reactions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year.

The drums are being closely monitored after a container with similar contents broke open in 2014, resulting in a radiation release and the indefinite closure of the country's only underground nuclear waste dump.

Utility: No leaks found in California gas line that exploded

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff's gun range in Central California, injuring 11 people, had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday.

PG&E said its crews did a ground survey of the pipe on April 1 and an aerial survey on April 16.

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