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"Washington State Judge Denies Shell Appeal on Rail Project Review"

"A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell's appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota."

Source: Reuters, 05/22/2015

"With Huge Coal Ash Fines, Justice Dept. Puts Industry on Notice"

"The U.S. Justice Department's recent prosecution of three Duke Energy subsidiaries for improper handling of toxic coal ash marked the most significant federal crackdown on coal ash in history and sends a clear signal to other operators that they could face criminal charges if there's an ash spill or major damage, experts say."

Source: InsideClimate News, 05/22/2015

"Cleanup of Oil-Fouled California Beach Could Take Months"

"The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition."

Source: Reuters, 05/22/2015

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