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Russia: New Pipeline Will Go Ahead Despite Setback

June 17, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

Russia's foreign minister insists the EU's order to halt construction work on the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria is only a brief delay in the project planned to bypass Ukraine as a transit country and consolidate Russia's energy grip in Europe. 

Consumer Prices Rise In May

June 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than a year as the cost of food and gasoline showed big gains and airline fares jumped by the largest amount in 15 years.           

Clinton Says Keystone Not A Proxy For Canada Relations

June 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn't be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.            


Feds Not Inspecting 4 In 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 8:09 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an AP review.

Oilfield Company Leaves Switzerland Over Pay Rules

June 16, 2014 3:44 pm | News | Comments

Weatherford's move comes after Swiss voters approved a proposal last year to give shareholders the right to hold a binding vote on all payments for company executives and directors.            

W.Va. Chemical Spill Company Facing More Violations

June 16, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

A Charleston company faces state violations after a storm water collection trench overflowed at the same site where chemicals spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply in January.           

Water Testing Underway Near W.Va. Spill Site

June 13, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

A stormwater collection trench overflowed Thursday evening at the site of a Charleston company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply.                   

Inslee Wants Agencies To Study Oil Train Risks

June 13, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Citing new safety and environmental risks as more crude oil moves by train through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday directed state agencies to evaluate the safety of oil transport in the state.            


Cheaper Gas, Food Push Down Producer Prices

June 13, 2014 8:44 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, driven lower by cheaper food and gas, evidence that inflation is mild.                   

New Trial Ordered For Former BP Engineer

June 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                   

Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.               

Chemical Recycling Across The American Heartland

June 11, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.          


Texas Chemical Engineer Indicted In Trade Secrets Case

June 10, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The indictment returned last week says Tezock moved to Texas and opened a company to manufacture, produce, purify and sell a specialty gas. Prosecutors say the process was developed by Voltaix.           

Fire Damages Thai Petrochemical Plant

June 9, 2014 2:52 pm | News | Comments

A fire damaged a petrochemical plant in eastern Thailand on Monday, sending smoke billowing for kilometers (miles) and forcing nearby residents to flee their homes.                     

Court: BP Must Pay Claims During Appeal

June 9, 2014 12:53 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.           

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 8:16 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.     

Group Wants To Test W.Va. Homes For Chemical

June 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.                    

Safety Board Faults Key Device In BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 12:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.          

Trial On Mercury Cleanup In Penobscot River Begins

June 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 15 years after the closure of a chemical plant that dumped mercury into Maine's Penobscot River, a federal trial began Tuesday to determine whether the company now responsible for it must pay to clean up the downriver contamination that advocates say puts humans and wildlife at risk.

Hearing On Texas Oil Spill Resumes

June 3, 2014 3:59 pm | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The captain of a tugboat whose barges collided with a cargo freighter in the Houston Ship Channel says the larger vessel increased its speed in foggy conditions and she couldn't turn quickly to avoid the crash.              

6 Hanford Workers Report Smelling Vapors

May 30, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Six workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are receiving medical evaluations after they reported smelling chemical vapors at two underground storage tank farms.               

Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.          

Court Won't Stop BP Spill Claims Payments

May 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.           

Exxon: Oil Will Be Top Energy Source For Years

May 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. says alternative fuels will grow but that oil will remain the world's leading source of energy for another quarter century.                 

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