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Improper Use of Safety Line May Have Caused Wyoming Worker’s Death

Wyoming authorities say an improperly used safety cable may have contributed to the June death of an oil rig worker. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that 28-year-old Dennis McCulloch, of Casper, died after falling about 76 feet at the oil well …

Congress’ Help Expected to Aid Louisiana in Flood Recovery

Insurance payments and traditional federal aid programs won’t be enough to respond to the catastrophic flooding that ravaged tens of thousands of homes across south Louisiana, wrecking entire subdivisions and devastating entire cities. Louisiana, once again, will be asking Congress …

Texas Jury Finds GM Ignition Switch Not to Blame in Fatal Crash

A Texas jury on Thursday found that a General Motors Co. ignition switch was not to blame for a 2011 accident that killed one driver and injured another, handing the carmaker its third courtroom win this year in a series …

FEMA Says Temporary Mobile Homes Returning to Louisiana After Flooding

Mobile homes will fill front yards across southern Louisiana again, just like after Hurricane Katrina, as federal authorities bring in temporary housing for thousands of people displaced by catastrophic flooding. These houses, though, will be on blocks and strapped down …

Texas Engineer Ready to Retire After Years Shoring Up Houston’s Flood Defenses

Shoring up the Houston area’s defenses against the scourge, the inevitability, of flooding in a city built on a swamp has been Mike Talbott’s “one and only career.” The Houston Chronicle reports as a young engineer, a project manager, the …

2 Oklahoma Suits Alleging Drilling Caused Quakes Dismissed

Oklahoma residents have agreed to dismiss two lawsuits claiming several drilling companies triggered earthquakes that damaged homes. Brenda Lene and Jon Darryn Lene filed a lawsuit against multiple companies in February. The couple alleged that wastewater disposal wells caused earthquakes …

Homeowners, Businesses Ponder How to Deal With Flood Damage

With up to $150,000 in flood damage to his southeast Louisiana car repair shop and no flood insurance, Lap Nguyen wasn’t sure how he was going to repair his life. He’s spent the past few days cleaning out Gonzales Car …

Texas Researchers Offer Faster Method to Rebuild Disaster Destroyed Homes

Texas legislators are investigating the benefits of RAPIDO, a pilot program developed with recommendations from Texas A&M University’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center (HRRC), that dramatically reduces the time it takes to rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters. The Texas …

Texas Tesla Owner Won’t Sue After Autopilot Crash, But Car Insurer May

A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. He doesn’t plan to sue the electric-car maker, but …

Oklahoma Study Will Examine Injection Wells, Quakes

The Oklahoma Geological Survey is studying the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection wells with a survey in the Arbuckle formation. Sensors will be placed into several injection wells in the Arbuckle group to take various measurements. The Enid …

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