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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a...

Fuel Costs Ease, U.S. Airline Profits Soar

October 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for...

Wolverine Power Plans New $100M Plant

October 23, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a more than $100 million natural gas-fueled power...

Coal-Rich Countries May Block New EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 9:56 am | by Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas...

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Oklahoma Manufacturer Expands, Creates 250 Jobs

October 23, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Bartlesville are celebrating a new expansion at ABB Totalflow that's expected to create 250 jobs over the next 10 years. The $14 million expansion will double the size of Bartlesville's complex, where more than 300 people now work. The employees design, develop, and manufacture natural...

Chevron Discovers Oil In U.S. Gulf Of Mexico

October 23, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Keathley Canyon Block 10 Well No. 1 encountered significant oil pay in the Lower Tertiary Wilcox Sands. The well is located approximately 180 miles off the Louisiana coast in...

First Natural Gas GM Pickups With 5.3L Engines Announced

October 23, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services. GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado...

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India Picks Up Pace On Economic Overhaul

October 23, 2014 2:33 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy. Over the past week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled an overhaul of India's...

Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution Or Evolution?

October 21, 2014 4:21 pm | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies. Sweetening the deal is the fact that "fuel" from the sun and the wind is free. Forever. No long-term contracts to negotiate and pay out over...

Chevron Invests $20M In PA Workforce

October 21, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. is spending $20 million to launch its Appalachia Partnership Initiative, which is meant to improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Chevron is working with...

CEO Of Total Oil Dies In Moscow Plane Crash

October 20, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's Tass news agency says the CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Airport officials told Tass that the collision occurred at 11:57 p.m. Moscow time Monday, killing Total CEO...

GE 3Q Profit Rises On Oil, Aviation Strength

October 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric's third quarter profit rose 11 percent on strong performance from its aviation and oil and gas divisions. GE reported Friday net income of $3.54 billion for the quarter on sales of $36.17 billion. Last year during the same period the company earned $3.19 billion...

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Chevron Adds New Drillship To Deepwater Operations

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced that the Pacific Sharav, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron's specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling. The Pacific Sharav is an upgraded Dual-Load-Path...

Falling Oil Prices Shake Up Global Economies

October 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years. The global price of oil is...

Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the...

Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 3:20 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study. This was the finding of a new report, titled Lifting the Curde Export Oil Ban: The Impact on U.S. Manufacturing that was...

Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders. A Canadian company recently withdrew its $450 million proposal to build a...

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Converting Plastic Into Oil Could Add $9B To U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 11:25 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Wide-scale deployment of emerging technology that converts used, non-recycled plastics into oil could generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output and create upwards of 40,000 domestic jobs, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council. The report...

Company Plans $4B Plastic Factory In ND

October 14, 2014 9:33 am | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said. William Gilliam, the chief executive officer of Badlands NGL LLC, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Sen. John Hoeven announced the project Monday at the state Capitol in...

New Methanol Plant Planned

October 10, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials have announced that Castleton Commodities International LLC plans a $1.2 billion methanol manufacturing plant in Plaquemines Parish. Gov. Bobby Jindal, the state economic development office and the company's CEO, said...

OSHA Launches Dialogue On Workplace Safety

October 10, 2014 10:38 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue...

Western Lithium Opens Plant For Hectatone Drilling Fluid

October 10, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Western Lithium USA Corporation is pleased to announce that on October 8th it hosted a ceremonial opening to mark the completion of construction of its Hectatone organoclay plant in Fernley, Nevada. The Hectatone plant is expected to commence production of its...

East Coast Possible Focus For Offshore Oil

October 9, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America's East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues. Oil companies looking...

Lego Scraps Shell After Greenpeace Video

October 9, 2014 4:55 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toy manufacturer Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling. Environmental activists Greenpeace launched in July a video showing an...

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

Perry Seeks Unlimited Natural Gas, Oil Exports

October 8, 2014 5:43 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to...

American Electric Power Awards Construction Contract

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluor Corporation was awarded a construction contract by American Electric Power (AEP) to provide environmental retrofit services at the utility company’s Northeastern power station in Oologah, Oklahoma. Fluor booked the contract for an undisclosed value...

Syria Declares 4 More Chemical Weapons Facilities

October 7, 2014 3:51 pm | by Cara Anna - Associated Press | News | Comments

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn't mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn't been fully open about...

Union Members Plan Rally At EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.The union march and rally is scheduled for Tuesday outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters...

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