Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

New Oil Train Regs Go Backward on Public's Right to Know Risks

Since U.S. oil production started booming, the news has been full of tanker trains blowing up. Under a May 2014 emergency order, the Federal Railway Administration increased requirements that railroads disclose oil train routes. But a new regulation issued May 1, 2015, leaves the public — and firefighters — with less information about the risks they face. Photo: The latest oil train derailment and explosion, today, in ND/Curt Bemson via AP.

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Nebraska Man Asks Oil Commission One Question: 'Would You Drink It?'

"James Osborn has just one question: 'Would you drink it?' 'It' being a mysterious brown sludge -- allegedly fracking fluid -- that Osborn brought in a foam cup to a public hearing in Sidney, Nebraska, in front of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday."

03/30/2015
January 31, 2015

DEADLINE: Google Journalism Fellowship

This program is for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. Fellows will spend Summer 2015 contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and from those forging new approaches to reporting to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age. Cash stipend. Deadline: Jan 31st.

"Forest Service To Designate Routes for Snowmobiles on Public Lands"

"The U.S. Forest Service adopted a rule on Wednesday that requires managers of the nation’s nearly 200 forests and grasslands to formally designate where snowmobiles can be operated on the 193 million acres of public land the agency oversees."

01/29/2015

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