April 15, 2013
Interstate 68 was closed in both directions at Sideling Hill in far western Washington County for about an hour Monday following to a tractor-trailer fire and oil spill, authorities said. The transmission blew on a tractor-trailer heading east on the interstate, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. No one was injured, an emergency services supervisor said. Police responded at around 7:40 a.m. Monday morning. One eastbound lane remained closed late Monday morning at Exit 74 (Md. 903/Mountain Road)
November 10, 2012
County's deal for school land still needs to be explained To the editor: I was struck by a question not answered by Commissioner William McKinley in his Oct. 2 letter regarding the recent purchase of land for the proposed West City elementary school. Assuming that McKinley's facts are accurate, he still has not answered the question that lends a certain odor to this purchase. First, it stretches the imagination of any Washington County homeowner who has endured the settlement on a mere house to believe that The Rachuba Group received approval on their site plan in 2006, but none of its officers or lawyers, nor any county officials, noticed that the necessary signatures were absent.
October 25, 2011
An oil spill was reported in Clear Spring near the intersection of National Pike and Mill Street, also called U.S. 40 and Md. 68 respectively, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. Police were responding to the oil spill at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday. However, the area was clear by 1 p.m. Tuesday.
July 6, 2011
Police were responding to a minor oil spill around 11 a.m. Wednesday, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. The spill happened at the intersection of South Burhans Boulevard and Elgin Boulevard.
May 12, 2011
There was an oil spill on Interstate 81 southbound between Exit 1 in Williamsport and the bridge across the Potomac River, the Washington County Sheriff's Department reported. Police got the call around 7:30 a.m. The interstate shut down briefly at 7:48 a.m. so emergency crews could clean up the spill, but it reopened at 7:53. An engine from the Washington County Emergency Services and one from the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company were on the scene. — Caleb Calhoun
September 2, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) -- An oil platform exploded and burned off the Louisiana coast Thursday, the second such disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in less than five months. This time, the Coast Guard said there was no leak, and no one was killed. The Coast Guard initially reported that an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide had begun to spread from the site of the blast, about 200 miles west of the source of BP's massive spill. But hours later, Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said crews were unable to find any spill.
September 2, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- As David Donohue spoke Thursday morning, he wasn't yet aware his comrades from the U.S. Coast Guard were racing to an offshore petroleum platform that exploded off the coast of Louisiana. Donohue, Franklin County's director of emergency services, was telling the Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners about his recently completed 60-day deployment to the Gulf Coast as reports started developing regarding the latest explosion. The commissioners thanked Donohue for his response and talents as well as keeping in contact with his Franklin County staff this summer.
August 9, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department and BP announced Monday that they have finished negotiations to implement a $20 billion fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill and that BP has made a $3 billion initial deposit. Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli said the department is pleased that BP made an initial contribution and had taken "an important step toward honoring its commitment to the president and the residents and business owners in the Gulf region. " The company still needs to ensure that all the necessary funds will be available if something happens to the BP subsidiary that established the trust and that the Justice Department looks forward to completing an appropriate security arrangement in the near future, said Perrelli.
July 24, 2010
"I have worked all my life, and thankfully I was able to save a few dollars. With these savings I invested in a few shares of Exxon, Verizon, Kimberly Clark and others; some winners, and many losers. I keep hearing people blaming the rich corporations for what ails us. Please realize that these corporations are made up of many smaller (companies). " - Smithsburg "Why was the big plane flying low over Washington County all the time? That's what several Mail Callers have asked in the column, and after reading this week about the local ... plane that's heading to the Gulf to map the oil spill, I was curious ... are they looking for oil in Washington County?"
July 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats are giving up on plans to pass an energy bill that caps emissions of carbon dioxide, saying Republicans refuse to support the measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said no Republican was willing to back a comprehensive energy bill, a development he called "terribly disappointing. " Democrats have been trying for more than a year to pass a plan that charges utilities and other major polluters for their carbon emissions. A compromise plan to limit emissions only from utilities also failed to attract the 60 votes needed to advance it in the 100-member chamber.