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Ohio: Gas-Drilling Injection Well Led To Quakes

March 9, 2012 1:53 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio DNR regulators said well operators must submit more comprehensive geological data when requesting a drill site, and track drilling wastewater electronically.

Green Code Now Allows Air Curtains

March 8, 2012 1:46 pm | by Berner International Corporation | Articles | Comments

Specifying air curtains as energy-saving, cost-cutting alternatives to vestibules in 3,000-square-foot buildings and larger has been a recent trend.

Natural Gas Prices Drop Sharply On Bulging Supply

March 8, 2012 1:40 pm | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The price has fallen about 27 percent this year and is at the lowest level in a decade, as oil prices continues to rise.

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Panel: US Should Rethink Nuke Emergency Plans

March 8, 2012 9:28 am | by Dina Cappiello and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Nuclear Society suggest that standard evacuation zones, currently 10 miles, might need to be expanded in some cases.

Obama Urges Shift To New Energy Technologies

March 8, 2012 9:01 am | by Anne Gearan, Associated Press | News | Comments

President made his most urgent appeal yet for the nation to wean itself from oil, calling it a "fuel of the past" and demanding that the U.S. broaden its approach to energy.

Slamming The Door On Energy Loss

March 7, 2012 11:24 am | by Walt Swietlik, Rite-Hite | Articles | Comments

From workplace safety to cost-containment and productivity concerns, today’s facilities managers have a lot on their plates. Fortunately, there are some areas of plant operations where managers can address all of these issues, including that one has traditionally been among the most problematic: the loading dock. These trends present challenges from both a safety and energy efficiency standpoint.

Niagara Falls Won't Treat Drilling Wastewater

March 7, 2012 9:19 am | News | Comments

The city, and its wastewater treatment plants, said they "can't be a test case" when it comes to the technology used in gas drilling operations.

More Natural Gas Vehicles Hitting The Market

March 7, 2012 9:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Natural gas is appealing to a lot of consumers: it comes from domestic sources, produces 30 percent fewer emissions than gasoline or diesel, and costs less.

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Deal With Ill. Cable Plant To Bring 1,450 Jobs

March 6, 2012 1:40 pm | News | Comments

Officials say a deal between Southwire Company and a Texas company means 1,450 jobs in Illinois and a step toward improving wind energy.

TransCanada Executive: New Keystone Route In Weeks

March 6, 2012 12:17 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alex Pourbaix said the company is working on plans for a new route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Nebraska Sandhills region.

Chrysler To Sell Natural Gas-Powered Truck

March 6, 2012 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG truck will have a driving range of about 255 miles on natural gas alone, and will then switch to gasoline.

Environmental Damages Remain Issue After BP Deal

March 5, 2012 9:20 am | by Harry R. Weber and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department noted that the $7.8 billion settlement doesn't address "significant damages" to natural resources and the environment.

EPA Heightens Scrutiny Of Pa.'s Marcellus Shale

March 5, 2012 9:17 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the gas-drilling boom, the EPA and the state of Pennsylvania are tussling over the Marcellus Shale, which holds trillions of cubic feet of gas.

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Bank It Here: Biofuels to Spur Expansion

March 2, 2012 11:24 am | by Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

New research suggests an $80 billion U.S. financial gain from domestic fuels and bio-based products over the next 10 years.

Big 3 Ready For Pricey Gas With Smaller Fleets

March 2, 2012 9:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

When prices soared in 2008, the city's three U.S. automakers were caught flat-footed, but the recent success of their small cars is a good omen.

Rising Gas Prices Aren't Lifting Big Oil Stocks

March 2, 2012 9:18 am | by Mark Jewell, AP Personal Finance Writer | News | Comments

Gasoline prices are soaring again, leading to predictions of a gallon reaching $4.25 by late April, but big oil stocks aren't following suit.

First Solar Loss Sends Jitters Through The Sector

February 29, 2012 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Shares of First Solar dropped 10 percent on news that the Arizona-based company was struggling in "an aggressive competitive environment."

Driller, Regulators Mum On Pa. Well Contaminations

February 28, 2012 9:26 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two wells near a community complaining of polluted drinking water had problems during the drilling process, but no one has taken responsibility.

Plant Chief: Fukushima Dai-ichi Still Vulnerable

February 28, 2012 9:15 am | News | Comments

Nearly a year after it suffered multiple meltdowns, the chief has had to admit the plant is still rather "fragile."

TransCanada Touts Oil Pipeline From Okla. To Texas

February 27, 2012 1:15 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Calgary-based TransCanada says the new project does not require presidential approval, unlike the Keystone XL, since it does not cross a U.S. border.

FAA: Mars Can't Build Wind Turbine At Topeka Plant

February 24, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

Mars want to build a 300-foot-tall turbine to meet its high environmental standards, but the FAA said it would interfere with airspace at nearby Forbes Field.

To Close Tax Loopholes, Obama Would Open New Ones

February 23, 2012 3:01 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

The president wants to close dozens of loopholes that let some companies pay little in taxes, but would make new ones for companies that invest in clean energy.

Ex-KBR Chief To Be Sentenced In Bribery Scheme

February 23, 2012 2:21 pm | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Albert "Jack" Stanley pleaded guilty to bribery charges leveled at the engineering services firm relating to its natural gas operations in Nigeria from 1995 to 2004.

Lego Invests In Wind Energy

February 23, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Danish toy maker says its parent company is investing nearly $534 million over the next four years in the construction of a German offshore wind farm.

W.Va. Mine Boss Charged With Fraud In Deadly Blast

February 22, 2012 2:25 pm | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gary May is now the highest-ranking Massey Energy employee to face criminal prosecution so far over the April 2010 explosion that killed 29.

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