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Thousands march and rally in Oakland to call for ban on fracking

anti fracking oaklandThousands of people from up and down California marched in Oakland on Saturday for the largest protest to date against the state's use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and natural gas.

Environmentalists said they chose to have the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown's home city to highlight their plea for him to take a stance against fracking.

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Mysterious milky substance covers parts of Washington and Oregon

Milky substance OregonEmergency officials said a white milky substance that has blanketed parts of Washington and Oregon could be ash from volcanoes thousands of miles away, remnants of nearby wildfires or even dust kicked up in a recent storm. The source remains a mystery.

The U.S. National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington said it recently started getting reports of a milky substance covering cars and homes. Since then, local residents have been posting pictures of murky water and dirty raindrops.

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Paradise lost: Dominicans adapt to growing climate change threat

Dominican climate changeRocky Antonio Cabrera steps into a small fishing boat as another fisherman yanks on the starter cord bringing the motor to life.

As the boat glides through thick mangroves in Manzanillo Bay, part of a national park in northwest Dominican Republic near the border with Haiti, Cabrera comments on high winds that arrived a month early this year — a change he blames on the impact of global warming on weather patterns.

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GOP lawmakers push EPA to rethink clean water rule

Clean water act challenged  by GOPIn a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a significant whack at President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top environmental officials they should scrap what was once a fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn’t considered a body of water by federal law.

In an unusual joint hearing involving the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Republican majority that now controls both houses of Congress showed it is intent on trying to derail the president’s environmental agenda in his last two years in office.

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Canada May Have Just Set A Fracking Earthquake World Record

Canada fracking earthquakesLate last month, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Fox Creek, Alberta. The province's energy regulator is pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing which, if confirmed, would make it the largest earthquake ever to have been induced by the method.

The earthquake, which was severe enough to cause minor damage, happened on January 22. It was the largest of a swarm of earthquakes to strike the region across a 50 kilometer (31 mile) radius. The town, which is primarily sustained by oil and gas development, is located about 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Edmonton and is home to about 2,000 people.

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Second Oil “Bomb Train” Derailment in Philadelphia in One Year

Oil tran derails So. PhiladelphiaToday the second major oil “bomb train” derailment occurred in Philadelphia, risking residents’ lives, endangering drivers on one of the nation’s busiest highways, I-95, and putting waterways at risk. One year and eleven days ago, early on Martin Luther King Day 2014, seven cars carrying Bakken Shale crude derailed over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in a “near miss from disaster.”

That derailment put the entire University of Pennsylvania medical complex, the Schuylkill Expressway, the Veterans Administration, Children’s Hospital, and other major institutions at risk, along with a chunk of Philadelphia’s residential population too big to safely evacuate.

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Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Settled At The Bottom Of The Gulf After BP Oil Spill

Oil at botto of gulfMillions of gallons of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t get cleaned up, and instead settled in the sediment of the Gulf of Mexico’s floor, a new study has found.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that 6 to 10 million gallons of oil from the spill are buried in the seafloor. The researchers measured the amount of carbon 14 — a radioactive carbon isotope that’s found in organic material but not found in oil — in an approximately 24,000 km² area of sediment near the spill site, a process which allowed them to see what parts of the sediment were low in carbon 14 and thus contained oil.

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