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Breathing Battery Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

March 17, 2014 3:28 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode — a key battery component involved in the flow of electric current — with air. That makes the rechargeable metal-air battery lighter with the potential to pack in more energy than its commercial counterpart.

W.Va. Spill Company's President Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

In court documents Saturday, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern requested an order to cash paychecks for work following the company's Jan. 17 bankruptcy filing, even as hundreds of creditors try to collect money owed by Freedom Industries.

California Wants 3 Toxic Chemicals Out Of Products

March 17, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Department of Toxic Substances is not banning the substances, but its manufacturers have until roughly the end of 2016 to find safer alternatives.                           

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Implementation Savings, Single Data Source Lead to Columbus & Dynamics AX

March 14, 2014 4:15 pm | Videos | Comments

Met-Pro was relying on multiple ERP platforms for analyzing data and assessing operations. As the company grew and evolved, it needed a single solution that provided better data visibility, allowing employees to see and understand how geographical, environmental or operational issues were impacting inventory levels, deliverability, etc. Targeting this type of access would also allow for more fluid responses and simplify changes.

Canadian Gas Plant Gets Preliminary OK In Penn.

March 14, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

The company still needs to complete traffic, geological, fiscal and environmental surveys and win zoning approval. Officials estimate that the project could cost $850 million to $1 billion and take three years to complete.        

Crude Oil Shipments By Rail Up 83 Percent

March 13, 2014 1:36 pm | News | Comments

The number of carloads of crude oil U.S. railroads delivered last year surged 83 percent over 2012 as concerns about the shipments grow.                   

W.Va. Chem Spill Co. Plans To Demolish Tanks

March 13, 2014 8:22 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company at the center of a chemical spill into 300,000 West Virginians' drinking water submitted plans Wednesday to demolish its facility.                   

Natural Gas Industry Struggling To Keep Up With Demand

March 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is concern about whether the industry can produce all of the gas their old and new customers need, and deliver it to them through a pipeline system that hasn't been able to keep up with the new demand.          

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Officials: Controversial Pipeline Won't Hurt N.D. Production

March 10, 2014 2:32 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed multibillion-dollar pipelines that would bring a flood of Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. likely won't hinder North Dakota's soaring crude production, state and industry officials say.           

AP: Nearly 150 Illegal Oil Waste Dumps

March 7, 2014 12:29 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota, records show.         

Chevron Offers Pizza Coupons After Worker Killed

March 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker.                    

Trade Deficit Widened To $39.1B In January

March 7, 2014 8:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.                    

Keystone XL Ad Visible On White House Site

March 6, 2014 3:26 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and gas industry got some prime online real estate for their ad pressing President Barack Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline: The White House's official website.               

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Senators Say Gov't Too Slow To Write Safety Rules

March 6, 2014 12:17 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Senators say they're frustrated with the government's slow pace at writing new rail safety regulations in light of recent fiery freight train accidents and a deadly commuter train derailment.               

Halliburton Donates To UW Energy Lab

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton is the latest corporation to support construction of an energy research laboratory at the University of Wyoming in response to the state's push to improve energy and engineering programs there.           

Panel: Oil Spill Claims Don't Need Direct Harm

March 4, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

The ruling could clear the way for payments to resume from a settlement administrator after they were frozen.                        

Pipeline Protesters Arrested In Washington

March 3, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.                   

Buffett: Rail Tank Cars Need Upgrades

March 3, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Buffett says it's clear that railroad tank cars carrying crude oil need to be updated because oil from certain regions has the potential to be more dangerous than previously thought.              

Theft Forces Shell Nigeria To Close Major Pipeline

February 27, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Shell recently threatened to close the Nembe Creek Trunk Line because of repeated sabotage. It carries about 60,000 barrels daily for Africa's biggest oil producer.                

Rail Cars For Shipping Oil Deemed 'Unacceptable'

February 27, 2014 7:51 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said.                

Schumer: Oil Train Safety Plan Inadequate For N.Y.

February 26, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The New York Democrat says Wednesday that the agreement announced by the federal Department of Transportation and Association of American Railroads doesn't go far enough to protect upstate communities. Trains pull hundreds of tankers of highly volatile crude oil from North Dakota cross New York daily in a virtual moving pipeline to East Coast refineries.

Fraud Allegations At Center Of Oil Spill Hearing

February 26, 2014 12:38 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has agreed to delay a lawsuit against a Texas lawyer accused by BP of falsely claiming to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Wednesday agreed to the delay while a criminal case against attorney Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts unfolds.

WeylChem U.S. Expanding S.C. Facility, Hiring 49

February 26, 2014 11:59 am | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

WeylChem U.S. Inc., a provider of custom manufacturing and tolling services, as well as advanced intermediates and reagents is announcing the expansion of its Kershaw County facility. The $10.8 million investment is expected to create 49 new jobs.

Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 8:09 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

TransCanada Says Neb. Pipeline Route Still Valid

February 25, 2014 12:44 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Monday that its proposed route through Nebraska is still legally valid until a higher court decides whether the state's pipeline siting law is constitutional. A spokesman for Calgary-based TransCanada said last week's ruling to invalidate the proposed route cannot be enforced while a lawsuit filed by landowners is on appeal.

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