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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...

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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...

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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...

GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 7, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves, among other... 

Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit

October 6, 2014 3:44 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the...

Cleaning Product Company Opening Plant In GA

October 2, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese company that makes personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies is planning to expand operations and create 170 jobs in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Haso USA Inc. is planning to invest $7 million into a new 100,000 square-foot...

Dow Chemical Looking To Sell 3 Businesses

October 2, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is looking to sell three more of its businesses for more than $2 billion in proceeds as it continues to try to shed non-core assets. The specialty chemical company said Thursday that it wants to divest its Angus Chemical Co., sodium...

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Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

October 1, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton-based Epcor will own and operate the facility and Vancouver-based Ostara will...

5 Detained In Suspected Oil Theft Ring

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico says it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in a northeastern state. The Attorney General's office says the suspects include the head of a company that...

Fire At Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

September 30, 2014 8:43 pm | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire at the building began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Workers inside noticed smoke coming from a...

Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 30, 2014 11:31 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday. The leak contaminated ...

Thousands Attend Willie Nelson And Neil Young Performance, Anti-Pipeline Gathering

September 29, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on...

GE To Build Oil And Gas Plant In Jacksonville

September 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott announced the new plant Friday. The company will...

Solaris Acquires Loadcraft Site Services, Purchases Manufacturing Facility

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure LLC announced two transactions today: the acquisition of the assets of Loadcraft Site Services LLC and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Early, Texas. The Early manufacturing facility will be dedicated to...

Enana Buying Athlon Energy For $5.93B

September 29, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin. Canada's Encana Corp. will also assume $1.15 billion in debt, bringing the...

Cartels Stealing Billions From Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are...

Future Cloudy As Work Winds Down At Avondale Shipyard

September 27, 2014 1:44 am | by Richard Thompson - The New Orleans Advocate - Associated Press | News | Comments

Avondale Shipyard, once Louisiana's largest private employer, is quietly winding down operations, nearly six months after Huntington Ingalls Industries brought in one of the country's largest pipeline and terminal operators in hopes it could help turn the 76-year-old West Bank facility into a...

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 6:12 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom. "Drill. Develop. Let's get that oil, but let's get it in a responsible manner," said...

Weak Demand, Plentiful Supply Drive Decline In Oil Prices

September 25, 2014 5:57 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil prices have remained under the symbolic $100/barrel level since September 5, falling to $94.13/barrel this afternoon, the lowest level in more than two years. Prices have declined almost $21 (18%) from the 2014 daily peak of $115/barrel on...

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