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Regulation has begun for hundreds of thousands of gas pipelines after decades of industry resistance

Inside Climate News reporter Craig R. McCoy writes that federal safety officials are finally starting to regulate a huge part of the nation’s pipeline system. Many are bigger, riskier "gathering lines" that transport gas from drilling sites.

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Florida utility is fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed 5

Florida utility is fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed 5

Tampa Electric Company pleaded guilty in May to “willfully” violating an OSHA rule that required workers to receive a pre-job briefing about the work they were to perform.
Dramatizing the Chernobyl disaster, for its survivors
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Dramatizing the Chernobyl disaster, for its survivors

Unlike the recent HBO series, the Russian-language feature film “Chernobyl 1986,” now on Netflix, explores the human toll of the power plant explosion.
LNG export terminals play down risks of vapor cloud explosions, critics say

LNG export terminals play down risks of vapor cloud explosions, critics say

As the Trump administration pushed hard for new LNG export terminals, some engineers warned that the risk of a major explosion was being played down. Federal regulators have been slow to respond.
Siberian craters & climate change

A new 3D model bolsters the case that climate change is causing mysterious Siberia craters

A 3D model of a massive 30-meter-deep crater on the Siberian tundra supports scientists previous suspicion that climate change is behind the explosions that form such craters.

Texas legislators eye tougher rules on chemical tanks
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Texas legislators eye tougher rules on chemical tanks to prevent explosions

A string of explosions involving little-regulated petroleum and chemical storage tanks have lawmakers and regulators talking about new rules as the Legislature prepares to convene this month.
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Land in Russia’s Arctic blows 'like a bottle of champagne'
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Land in Russia’s Arctic blows 'like a bottle of champagne'

Since finding the first crater in 2014, Russian scientists have documented 16 more explosions in the Arctic caused by gas trapped in thawing permafrost.
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