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Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:53 Published in National News

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.

Critics of the plan say that if there was an accident, it could threaten the drinking water supply of millions of people. They also cite the uncertainty around what's in that toxic mix.

The Coast Guard is proposing to address that by requiring chemical testing of each barge load before shipment.

The wastewater now is usually disposed of by truck or rail. A government report notes that poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge.

The industry says far greater amounts of toxic chemicals are already being moved by barge, including oil drilling waste.

Prison bus crashes, forces closure of I-64

Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:42 Published in Local News

Interstate 64 was shutdown near Scott Air Force Base after a prison bus crash. The accident happened on the eastbound side of the highway near Route 158.

 

Police say the bus was traveling in the westbound lanes when it crossed over the center median and crashed on the eastbound side. Thirteen people--nine inmates and four guards--were taken to the hospital. As many as fifteen inmates were injured, but the extent of the injuries is unknown.

St. Louis group seeks out the homeless in cold

Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:41 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The onset of cold weather means that volunteers with Winter Outreach in St. Louis have sprung into action.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the grassroots organization offers eight temporary shelters with a combined 100 beds or so to help the homeless when the temperatures turn cold.

Volunteers drive and walk around the city and St. Louis County, seeking out those in need of shelter. The organization also shuttles people to shelters from the Bridge, a feeding program at Centenary United Methodist Church downtown.

The Housing Resource Center in St. Louis said that 14,155 people requested shelter through the city and St. Louis County through the end of November, but nearly three-fourths of them were unable to be referred to an open space.

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