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Obama To Sign Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency In Buildings

April 30, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

BP To Sell Stake In North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The energy giant currently operates the Central Area Transmission System, which runs from undersea oil fields to a terminal in the U.K., but last week agreed to sell its roughly 36 percent equity in the pipeline to Paris-based Antin Infrastructure Partners for $486 million.

Groups Want Review Of Shell's Arctic Regulatory Filings

April 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling.

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Audi Runs On Green Diesel For The First Time

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The electricity is farmed using environmentally-friendly methods, making the entire process environmentally neutral.

Editor’s Picks: The Morality Of The Maker Culture And The Future Of EVs

April 28, 2015 2:53 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

For this round of Editor’s Picks, I’ve handpicked pieces that highlight dilemmas within the manufacturing industry.

Construction Begins On Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm

April 28, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rhode Island officials on Monday planned to mark the start of construction on what will eventually become the nation's first offshore wind farm.

Company Behind Keystone XL Seeks U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

April 27, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The project would transport 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken shale range to a hub on TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline, which would enable crude to be shipped from the prairie to Canada's Atlantic Coast.

Cheaper Fuel Has Airlines Soaring To Record Profits

April 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Like motorists, airlines have been saving money at the pump since oil prices began plunging last summer. Even with a recent increase, the spot price of jet fuel is down 40 percent since September.

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White House Expresses 'Concerns' About Energy Funding Bill

April 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The DOE's Office of Science would see a 0.6 percent increase to $5.1 billion under the committee's bill, while the administration asked for a 5.3 percent increase.

Feds Move To Speed Approval For Great Plains Wind Projects

April 23, 2015 2:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper Great Plains in anticipation that the industry will continue growing.

NY Mill Scraps Pipeline, Gets Natural Gas By Truck

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After cost increases scuttled plans for a natural gas pipeline beneath Lake Champlain, a northern New York paper company is going to get its natural gas by truck.

USGS Investigates Link Between Fracking, Increased Earthquakes

April 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"We're used to two or three earthquakes a week, but … two or three every day now, this past week, is really strange," Dea Mandeville, the city manager of Medford in northern Oklahoma, told National Public Radio.

Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 23, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“There is a management culture that wants to make money," former BP executive Kevin Lacy told the AP. "It counts speed over reliability."

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Study Links Swarm Of Quakes In Texas To Natural Gas Drilling

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.

Federal Report Calls For Billions In Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 21, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The system, the report said, must be more capable of safely transporting fossil fuels and distributing energy from renewable sources.

Texas One Step Closer To Ending Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry groups challenged some bans in court, but observers said a ban in Texas — the nation's largest oil producer — particularly piqued their concerns.

Behind The Lens: 5 Iconic Photos Of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Look back on some of the most enduring photos of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion of 2010.

OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

Environmentalists Kick Up Dust At Fracking Industry In Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking in the state uses lots of water. Ergo, fracking must be making the drought worse. Right? Not necessarily, many industry experts are saying.

Obama's Climate Change Plan Faces Legal Test

April 15, 2015 2:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's ambitious proposal to slash carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming.

Some Governors Support EPA, Push Back At McConnell

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Rick Stevens, The Associated Press | News | Comments

McConnell's call for governors to defy the EPA's proposed pollution limitations has provoked push-back from governors who support the EPA's effort to curb climate change.

Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Fracking fueled a dramatic increase in U.S. crude production in recent years, but the practice of extracting fuel from shale formations also sparked a wide range of environmental and human health concerns.

Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Overall, production from the seven U.S. shale deposits tracked by the agency is expected to drop by 57,000 barrels per day between April and May, led by the Eagle Ford formation in Texas and the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana.

Industrial Internet Software Is Helping Solve Pakistan's Electricity Shortage

April 13, 2015 3:02 pm | by Abeer Masood, GE Reports | News | Comments

Lack of power is one of Pakistan’s burning needs. Electricity consumption is growing by close to 8 percent, and peak power demand exceeds supply by more than 4 gigawatts (GW), a massive amount.

Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking To Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers said the fracking process — which uses a highly pressurized combination of sand, water and chemicals to drill into shale rock formations — can bring unwanted materials to the surface, including radium-226, which decays into radon.

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