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Views Mixed On U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 25, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said as of March 6, the massive storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma contained more than 51.5 million barrels of oil, a number that neared the complex's operational capacity.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 24, 2015 1:18 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley start-up Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The legalization of fracking in North Carolina comes amid calls for restrictions on the practice from environmental advocates. New York last year become the first state with substantial shale deposits to ban fracking.

Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists calculated that during the summer of 2012 in Beijing, replacing gas vehicles with electric cars could have reduced the heat island effect by nearly 1 degree Celsius.

Solar-Powered Plane Lands In Myanmar On Latest Leg

March 23, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the plane touches down in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, a band of hundreds of students played music and dancers performed a regional dance wearing elephant costumes decorated with gold and glass gems.                   

Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Instead of water, each of the two plants will use two powerful air-cooled "Harriet" gas turbines and one air-cooled steam turbine developed by GE. “The technology uses the same cooling principle as the radiator in your car."          

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Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

Europe Is Using So Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test Its Grid

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day.        

Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Currently, only the U.S., Canada, China and Argentina maintain commercial production of oil from shale deposits as large oil companies cut back on operations in Europe.            

Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The continuing production increases in the U.S. contributed to rising global oil supplies and prices that are now trading at less than half of their mid-2014 peaks, a trend that led domestic companies to shut down rigs and lay off thousands. 

Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers, ethanol producers and representatives of the renewable energy industry testified to the committee that the tax would hurt rural economies and cause plant closures.            

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Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 10:20 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We read about the challenges in the media, but it is with the help of innovations in the chemical industry that hydraulic fracturing becomes efficient, safe and sustainable.           

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut In Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama hasn't fully explained how he'll meet that goal, but his aides have suggested that unprecedented pollution limits he's imposing on power plants will get the U.S. much of the way there.         

Fight Over Keystone XL Doesn't Stall Pipeline Boom

March 17, 2015 1:44 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, scenes are unfolding almost every week in lesser-known developments that have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation's domestic oil network.     

Oil Prices Fall to Six-Year Low

March 17, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As a result, the International Energy Agency called the oil price rally earlier this year both a "head fake" and a "facade of stability."                                                                                                  

When Oil Prices Are Down, Worker Deaths Are Up In The Bakken

March 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Oil companies are dealing with high turnover, pay reductions, longer hours and heavier workloads.                         

Dow Signs On To Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 16, 2015 10:06 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

This recent move will make it the first company in the U.S. to power a manufacturing plant with renewable energy on such a grand scale.                  

Huge GE Power Deal Will Light Up Egypt with Electricity

March 13, 2015 10:07 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Egypt’s demand for electricity is already outstripping supply, and the government is seeking fast ways to boost it. GE found one.                                                                                                           

Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely To Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Golden State appears unlikely to ban the practice of drilling for oil using fracking.                                                                                                                                                   

Oil Shipments To Resume In Pipeline That Broke Under River

March 11, 2015 8:44 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

​A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered. Cleanup is on hold near the... 

CA Senators Focus On Oil Industry, Drinking Water

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision. When it comes to a balance... 

New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts It Into Energy

March 11, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy. Critics of the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing operations in the U.S. raised concerns...

Solar-Powered Plane Lands In India On Second Leg Of World Trip

March 10, 2015 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip. The Solar Impulse 2 touched down at Ahmadabad airport in Gujarat state about 16 hours after it took...

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