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  1. Oil and Gas: Lawsuit: ExxonMobil polluted river, ignored climate change

      BOSTON (AP) — ExxonMobil has polluted the Mystic River while failing to plan for the potentially severe impacts of climate change at its Boston-area fuel storage terminal, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by an environmental advocacy group. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Conservation Law Foundation accuses ExxonMobil of discharging toxic pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws, and of failing to comply with requirements under its permit from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The company denied the claims and promised to fight the suit in court. Boston-based CLF alleged the company had ignored an "imminent" threat posed by rising sea levels. A storm surge from even a modest hurricane or other significant storm could leave much of the Everett, Massachusetts, facility underwater and result in more devastating pollution to the Mystic River and a smaller tributary, the lawsuit said. CLF offered flood maps drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support its warning. "ExxonMobil is aware of these risks, yet has failed to design and implement protective measures to fortify the Everett Terminal as required under federal law," the suit stated. The organization announced its intention to sue the company in May, and said it moved forward after the company failed to take steps to address the alleged violations. The action was the first of its kind to be filed in the U.S., CLF said, since attorneys general in several states including Massachusetts announced they were investigating whether ExxonMobil deceived the public or its shareholders about the effects of climate change. "This lawsuit is yet another attempt to use the courts to promote a political agenda," the company said in statement, adding that it was "based on discredited and inaccurate claims by activists about ExxonMobil's nearly 40-year history of support for climate research that was conducted publicly in conjunction with the Department of Energy, academics and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on climate change." A company spokesman said in May that ExxonMobil was in compliance with all state and federal rules at the Massachusetts terminal. The lawsuit seeks unspecified injunctive relief and civil penalties. "For more than three decades, ExxonMobil has devoted its resources to deceiving the public about climate science while using its knowledge about climate change to advance its business operations," said CLF president Bradley Campbell, in a statement announcing the suit. The organization said its legal team would include Allen Kanner, a New Orleans-based attorney who has represented states and other plaintiffs in actions against the oil industry, including those stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  2. 100,000 without Power as Hermine Hits Gulf Coast

    Hermine later weakened to a tropical storm as it moved farther inland

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

  3. Extreme weather poses increasing threat to U.S. power grid

    Upgrades are costly, but so are power outages

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    Tue, 22 Dec 2015

  4. Commercial tidal energy project in The Netherlands will cost US$12.4 million

    Tocardo Tidal Turbines announced it would install the largest tidal energy project in The Netherlands as well as the world's largest commercial tidal installation in a US$12.4 million project that includes an array of five tidal turbines in the Oosterschelde barrier near the province of Zeeland. 

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    Tue, 16 Jun 2015

  1. Con Edison: Customers are safer two years after Superstorm Sandy

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    Mon, 27 Oct 2014

  2. A look at post-Sandy infrastructure upgrades

    Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again?

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    Mon, 27 Oct 2014

  3. East Coast utilities brace for Hurricane Arthur

    The southern state of North Carolina braced itself for a glancing blow from Hurricane Arthur ahead of the Fourth of July holiday

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    Thu, 3 Jul 2014

  4. FPL wraps up 2013 hurricane season with system upgrades

    FPL is marking the end of this year's relatively quiet hurricane season on November 30 by moving forward with its accelerated storm-strengthening program

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    Mon, 2 Dec 2013

  5. DOE evaluates risks to energy industry from climate change

    The U.S. Department of Energy released a new report which assesses how America’s critical energy and electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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    Thu, 11 Jul 2013

  6. NRC ensures nuclear sites ready for Hurricane Sandy

    Inspectors are independently verifying that nuclear power station operators are taking all necessary steps to ensure plant safety before, during and after Hurricane Sandy.

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    Mon, 29 Oct 2012

  7. FPL to strengthen 98 electric distribution lines

    The 2014 investment plan is part of the company's three-year (2013 - 2015) program to invest more than $428 million in upgrading the electric grid to better withstand major storms

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    Mon, 24 Feb 2014

  8. Sandy, Irene impacted towns back PSE&G’s Energy Strong proposal

    New Jersey towns impacted by Superstorm Sandy and hurricane Irene back PSE&G “Energy Strong” plan to fortify NJ’s electric and gas distribution systems to better withstand powerful storms and natural disasters.

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    Tue, 30 Apr 2013

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