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Cleanup Underway For Saltwater Spill in North Dakota

January 22, 2015 10:19 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, AP | News | Comments

Farmers have been asked to keep their livestock away from the three-million gallon spill. Brine, also referred to as saltwater, is an unwanted byproduct of drilling that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.

Hillary Clinton to Speak in Canada Amid Debate Over Keystone

January 21, 2015 3:15 pm | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clinton remains the leading Democratic contender to succeed Obama if she runs for president again. The former U.S. secretary of state has so far stayed neutral on Keystone, saying it wouldn't be appropriate for her comment while the State Department is still conducting a formal review of the project.

Some Oil Recovered From Broken Pipeline After River Spill

January 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to extract because of a thick layer of ice.

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2 Groups Back Away From Plan On NM Power Plant

January 21, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the half-dozen organizations that endorsed a utility's plan to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico are pulling out. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Renewable Energy Industries Association...

Baker Hughes To Lay Off 7,000 Workers, Planning For Downturn

January 21, 2015 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000-plus workers Baker Hughes says...

Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 20, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Last week, Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil drilling services company, announced 9,000...

Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence In Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies. Texas-based Schlumberger, the largest oil drilling services company in the world, today announced the $1.7 billion agreement...

Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

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Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

AK Faces Lean Budget Times As Oil Prices Plunge

January 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. When lawmakers left Juneau last April, the price of North Slope crude, Alaska's economic...

BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company responsible for the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history is currently facing the Clean Water Act's largest civil penalty. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment...

GE To Provide Natural Gas Turbines For Allen Plant

January 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis. GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will...

"Greening" The Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 9:43 am | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. One way is to create...

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200 Protest Proposed Power Plant In Oxford, CT

January 16, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 200 people rallied in Oxford against a proposed power plant as state regulators inspected the site before a public meeting on the project. The Republican-American reports that protesters held signs on Thursday urging rejection of the CPV Towantic Energy Center. Connecticut Siting Council...

Federal Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth

January 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, but a big drop in oil prices was starting to have an impact in Texas and other energy regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. The Fed said business...

We Burn 2.7 Million Gallons A Minute, So Why Is Oil So Cheap?

January 15, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher — and is rising. Yet the price of a barrel of oil has fallen by more than half over the past six months because the globe, experts say, is awash...

Philippine Farmers Harvest Power From Grass By The Acre

January 14, 2015 10:38 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Wild elephant grass, also know as Napier grass, is one of those wonder plants that needs little water and few nutrients to produce copious crops on fallow lands. Since it can be used for grazing, it has allowed farmers from Africa to Asia to amp up food supplies for their cattle...

Obama Moves To Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 10:21 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President...

Senate Advances Keystone Bill Despite Obama Veto Threat

January 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level...

Energy Hub Seeks To Improve Production Of Composites

January 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will include 122 public...

As Cheap Gas Shifts Car Buyer's Habits, Automakers Power On

January 12, 2015 2:17 pm | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Inside the auto show here, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels. That dichotomy has the industry scrambling to sell alternative vehicles...

Nissan Introduces New Titan Pickup With Diesel Engine

January 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Over the last two years, all three of the nation's best-selling full-size pickups — the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 — have gotten big redesigns. Now it's the Nissan Titan's turn. The Titan is a tiny player in this space. Last year, Nissan sold 12,527 Titans in the U.S. By...

Should The Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 9, 2015 5:15 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

On Monday research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes  in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their...

CA Says Bullet Train Could Be Climate Solution

January 8, 2015 2:15 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. The bullet train project, the first in the nation to get underway, faces challenges from...

Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House. Shortly after the introduction of a new Senate bill to authorize construction of the pipeline, White House...

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