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Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by MEAD GRUVER, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

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Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 4:08 pm | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                            

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Oil Reps Say ND Has Proper Rail Shipment Rules

September 24, 2014 3:55 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.                         

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Explosion At Plastics Plant Injures 1

September 24, 2014 3:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say one person was injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                               

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Worker Injured In Natural Gas Blast Dies

September 24, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday.                                     

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Minnesota Governor Asks For Added Oil Train Safety

September 24, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants added safety measures for oil trains leaving North Dakota.                                                       

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Treated Fracking Water Produces Potentially Harmful Compounds

September 24, 2014 3:26 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy.                                 

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Solar Energy Could Revolutionize Oil Sands Tailings Reclamation

September 24, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of Alberta | Comments

Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry.

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New Solutions Needed To Recycle Fracking Water

September 24, 2014 2:51 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Rice University scientists have performed a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it.                

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Shale Supply Chain To Add 233,000 American Jobs

September 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance | Comments

Firms supplying goods and services to shale oil and gas producers will create more than 233,00 new American jobs over the next ten years, according to a new report.                                     

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India Cancels Coal Allocations

September 24, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

India's top court said Wednesday that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.                           

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Judge Hears Oil Spill Cleanup Workers' Claims

September 24, 2014 10:33 am | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases was set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013.

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Natural Gas Tank Blast Injures 4

September 24, 2014 10:30 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said.                                    

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Wind Energy Proposal Would Light Up Los Angeles

September 24, 2014 10:29 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging.

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GE Gives Penn State $10M For Gas Drilling Center

September 24, 2014 10:26 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research.                             

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