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Report: High Chemical Levels Found In Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group. Fracking operations use a highly pressurized solution to crack shale rock and access oil or...

Fiery Derailment Should Reignite Rail, Pipeline Debate

February 18, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This most recent crude-by-rail disaster wasn’t quite the major catastrophe many have feared. But it got close. Real close. On Monday, a train carrying more than a 100 tankers of crude oil derailed and sent an atomic-looking fireball into the sky. One witness reported to the BBC that the locomotive of the...

Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent In 2014

February 17, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year. That's according to data compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit The Solar Foundation, which...

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Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite At Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 12:14 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline. A refinery strike, however, would seem...

Growing Pains: Oil Boom Turns Prairie School To Melting Pot

February 17, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Every morning as principal Brad Foss arrives at his school — after just a 60-second commute — he's reminded of oil's giant footprint in this town. There's the revolving-door student roster that reads like random pages of a school atlas: Jiang from China, Emma from Utah, Jose from Guatemala, Omar from Arizona...

Proposal Tries To Help Wean WA Off Coal-Fired Power

February 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal. Bills in the House and Senate set up certain favorable conditions for three private utilities, should they decide in the future to shut down a massive coal-fired power plant...

Congress To Postpone Sending Keystone-Pipeline Bill To Obama

February 13, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional leaders are delaying sending a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the White House for a likely veto until after the recess break. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor, told reporters Thursday it would be better if Congress was in town when...

TransCanada Suspends Efforts To Seize NE Land For Keystone

February 13, 2015 9:42 am | by undefined | News | Comments

TransCanada Corp. will temporarily suspend efforts to seize Nebraska land for its much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline after landowners sued, in what is one obstacle the Canadian company still faces in the 1,179-mile project. A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping...

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Report Projects Solar Energy Production To Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years. The report from Scottish energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie -- titled, "Is solar the next shale?" -- asks whether solar-generated electricity is...

1,100 Natural Gas Utility Workers On Long Island Eye Walkout

February 12, 2015 2:10 pm | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A utility is making contingency plans in the event 1,100 workers who repair gas mains and help operate power plants across Long Island walk off the job when their contract expires at midnight Friday. "We have experienced management personnel from throughout the company, as well as skilled retirees and...

Energy Company Withdraws From Lawsuit Against EPA

February 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has withdrawn from Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that lands around Riverton are legally Indian Country. However, Gov. Matt Mead said the decision by Devon Energy to drop out does not weaken or jeopardize the lawsuit, which...

Who Pays? Who Cuts Emissions? 5 Issues For UN Climate Deal

February 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in December. At this point it's a wish list reflecting the diverging...

NAM: For Growth And Jobs, It’s Time For The President To Say “Yes"

February 12, 2015 10:15 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following House passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline: “Today, the House stood up and said ‘yes’ to jobs, innovation and manufacturing by approving the Keystone XL pipeline...

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Congress Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Setting Up Veto

February 12, 2015 10:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House passed the bill on a 270-152 vote, endorsing changes made by the Senate...

Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval Of ND Haze Plan

February 12, 2015 9:55 am | by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan. The EPA in 2012 agreed with the state Health Department's position that the...

Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Franklin Briceno, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said. Protesters were repelled Tuesday night after entering...

Moon Power Is Becoming Reality Off The Coast Of Wales

February 12, 2015 9:35 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Britain’s coast is way more than cold beaches and crisp-stealing seagulls. It also boasts some of the highest tidal ranges in the world, measuring between 23 to 40 feet. Twice a day, like clockwork, the moon’s gravity makes the seas ebb and flow. All that moving water is also a huge reservoir of...

Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations. The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that Keystone Construction & Maintenance...

Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate At Least 5,000 Jobs

February 11, 2015 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton said Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices. The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of...

Congress Set To Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

February 11, 2015 10:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it. The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday afternoon, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans' top...

Oil On Wild Ride: How Will It End?

February 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed. After falling nearly 60 percent from a peak last June, the price of oil has now bounced back 19 percent since late January, closing Monday near $53. Oil has fallen or risen by 3 percent or more on 14 of 26 trading days so far this...

CA Pledges Changes In Protecting Underground Water

February 10, 2015 10:11 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated press | News | Comments

California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oil-field wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said. The deadline is part of a broad plan the state sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week for bringing state regulation of oil and gas operations back...

China Finds Huge Natural Gas Field In South China Sea

February 10, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations. The Lingshui 17-2 gas field was discovered 150 kilometers south of China's southernmost island of Hainan, and the...

BP Head Predicts 'Years' Of Low Oil Prices

February 9, 2015 5:02 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on one of the most important — and heated — discussions pertaining to manufacturers today: the direction of oil prices. Dudley announced dour confidence that crude prices would stay below $100 for a “long time.” Dudley’s predictions of long-term low oil prices are based on...

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