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Police Detain 18 Over China Plant Protest

April 3, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Police in a southern Chinese city detained 18 people after a protest against a planned chemical plant turned violent over the weekend, local authorities said Thursday.                

Former BP Engineer Gets Sentencing Delay

April 2, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Mix, 52, of Katy, Texas, was accused of deliberately deleting text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's investigation of the spill.              

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 11:22 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                

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Chinese Residents Protest Chemical Plant

April 2, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

A southern Chinese city has vowed to listen to public opinion in deciding whether to go ahead with a petrochemical plant after protests by residents turned into violent riots.                  

Residents Still Wary Of Water Months After W.Va. Spill

March 31, 2014 9:02 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many don't trust official declarations that the water is again safe to drink, nearly three months after the chemical smelling of licorice ran into the Elk River last Jan. 9, throwing lives into disarray.         

Feds, N.Y. Do 2nd Oil Train Inspection Blitz

March 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

The inspection blitz, which generally found only minor and easily correctable defects, is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.         

China Takes Lead As Largest Importer Of Liquid Fuels

March 25, 2014 12:58 pm | by Candace Dunn, U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The rise in China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids is driven by steady economic growth, with rapidly rising Chinese petroleum demand outpacing production growth.                    

California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.             

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25 Years Later, Effects Of Exxon Valdez Spill Linger

March 20, 2014 8:04 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water.          

U.S. Current Account Deficit Falls To 14-Year Low

March 19, 2014 3:55 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the imbalance fell to $81.1 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $96.4 billion in the July-September quarter. That's the smallest gap since the third quarter of 1999.           

North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.              

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.

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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.                           

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.          

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.               

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.               

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