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North Texas Drilling Adds $11.8B To Economy

September 11, 2014 11:31 am | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Production from the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas has risen even as drilling activity and natural gas prices have fallen, according to a study commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce released Wednesday. The Waco, Texas-based Perryman Group analysis shows...

MN Lake Tests Pesticide To Kill Zebra Mussels

September 9, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are testing a new pesticide to kill off invasive zebra mussels in a small Minneapolis-area lake. As of Monday, Christmas Lake became the first in the nation to use the new product. It marks the first time...      

GE's Industrial Internet Will Monitor A Vast Shale Gas Pipeline Network

September 9, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Report | News | Comments

Getting shale gas out of the ground is one thing. But taking it to customers is quite another. American pipeline operators are investing as much as $40 billion every year to maintain, modernize, and expand their networks. The shale gas boom is putting...

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Fines, Hearings Among Lingering Fracking Issues

September 7, 2014 11:31 am | by Tammy Webber - Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing...

Southeast Nebraska Plant To Lay Off 33 Workers

September 6, 2014 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Nebraska agriculture manufacturing plant will close part of its operations and eliminate more than half its workforce by November. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Agrium plant in Fairbury will eliminate...   

Pesticide Drift Persistent Problem For Farmers

September 6, 2014 10:31 am | by Steve Karnowski - Associated Press | News | Comments

The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for...

Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 5, 2014 1:42 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) admits. Lawyers for the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking urged...

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Cleanup Of Lead, Arsenic At Charleston Plant Begins

September 4, 2014 7:31 pm | by Bruce Smith - Associated Press | News | Comments

Work begins next month on cleaning the lead and arsenic-laced ground and water at the site of an old fertilizer plant in Charleston, the fifth such site in the area to be cleaned in seven years. The Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting Thursday on plans for the $8.5 million...

Biofuel Plant And Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined...

Judge Rules BP's Reckless Conduct Caused Gulf Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could...   

Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million. Chevron said that its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide operations are a better fit at Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC, which...      

U.S. Investigating Kansas Chemical Company

September 4, 2014 9:37 am | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations that it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, search warrants unsealed Wednesday show. Jacam Chemical Company 2013 contends...

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Utility Opposes $2.9M Deal In WV Spill Case

September 3, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January. West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn't use money from its...  

Marcellus Shale Drillers Under-Reported Waste

September 3, 2014 11:35 am | by Anya Litvak, Maxwell Radwin, The Post-Gazette | News | Comments

EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013, but landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported...

Dominion Resources and Duke Energy Propose $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because...

Newton Council OKs Financing For $6.5M Project

August 29, 2014 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The City Council in Newton has approved financing for a company that plans to build a chemical manufacturing plant at the city's airport. The estimate for Wichita-based ABI Group's project is $6.5 million, which would fund ...    

Airgas Opens New Location In North Dakota

August 28, 2014 4:16 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its ...   

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner. Valero Renewable Fuels said the plant ...        

Propane Train Derails, Prompts Evacuation

August 28, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of about 40 people who live near the site, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said ...

Blast At BP Refinery Sparks Fire, Rattles Homes

August 28, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it ...                 

Rail Deliveries Of U.S. Oil Continue To Increase

August 28, 2014 10:25 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by U.S. railroads increased 9% during the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2013. In July, monthly average carloadings of oil and petroleum products were near ... 

Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 19, 2014 12:13 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move ...

North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 19, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow. A report released Friday shows oil drillers in the state produced an average of about ...

W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                             

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