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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...   

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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...

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...

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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 ...                 

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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.                             

Report Faults Chevron In Deadly Gas Well Fire

August 6, 2014 3:54 pm | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental investigators faulted Chevron Inc. site managers in a report released Wednesday on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.                      

Trade Gap Narrows To Lowest Level In 5 Months

August 6, 2014 3:50 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars.                  

Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 7:47 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of Texas strengthening fire safety codes or enforcing tougher standards on companies with volatile quantities of hazardous chemicals has become murky 16 months after the disaster.              

Geismar Biofuel Plant Getting $15M Investment

August 5, 2014 8:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company's Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat. Chief Financial Officer Chad Stone said Monday part of the planned spending will go to ...  

Report: Nigeria, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution

August 5, 2014 7:43 am | by Maram Mazen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.           

Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 4, 2014 4:49 pm | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Articles | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. To enhance safety and increase productivity, PML analyzes the rock cuttings and gases from the drilling fluid to ascertain information ...

Taiwan Explosions Probe Focuses On Petrochem Firm

August 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gladys Tsai and Ralph Jennings, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster.                      

Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

July 31, 2014 4:21 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent. Exxon reported ...           

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