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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."          

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."                                                     

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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.            

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.           

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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.                  

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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...

Spate Of Derailments Deepens Fear Of Oil Train Disaster

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Associated Press asked rail and hazardous materials safety experts about what is causing these accidents and what can be done to stop them.                                                                                           

Why Cheap Oil Doesn't Stop The Drilling

March 10, 2015 10:20 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

If oil rigs lead to new wells, fewer rigs should lead to less oil, right? Not necessarily. Bloomberg's Tom Randall explains.                    

Exploring A Longer Life Cycle For Batteries

March 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries...

Solar-Powered Plane Takes Off For Flight Around The World

March 9, 2015 12:15 am | by Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi early Monday, marking the start of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. Solar Impulse founder André Borschberg was at the controls of the single-seater when it took off from the...

New Concept In Solar Energy Poised To Catch On Across U.S.

March 7, 2015 1:12 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as...

IL Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires. Six of the BNSF Railway train's 105 cars derailed Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the...

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