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Coal-Rich Poland Ready To Block EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.

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Louisiana Chemical Plant Expands

October 23, 2014 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Westlake Chemical President Albert Chao and Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday announced the company will expand the ethylene capacity at its Calcasieu Parish plant and make other capital improvements.                                   

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IS Rakes In $1M/Day In Black Market Oil Sales

October 23, 2014 3:17 pm | by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press | Comments

Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.                                   

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Mystery Powder Halts Work At Honda Plant

October 23, 2014 3:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                                       

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New Policymaking Tool For Shift Toward Renewable Energy

October 23, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Copenhagen | Comments

Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. 

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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel?

October 23, 2014 10:57 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                                       

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Manchin, White House Form Unlikely Energy Alliance

October 23, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who once expressed his disdain for a cap-and-trade bill by literally shooting it, furthered an unlikely energy alliance with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse by hopping on a Blackhawk chopper in coal-centric West Virginia on Wednesday.

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Derailment, Explosion Caused By Distracted Driver

October 23, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A dump truck driver who caused a 15-car derailment and chemical explosion was on the phone and distracted when he failed to yield at a private railroad crossing, according to a final report issued by a federal investigative board Wednesday. 

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Cost-Saving Way To Detect Natural Gas Leaks

October 22, 2014 10:31 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists say they have developed a new software-based method that finds leaks even when they're small, which could help prevent serious incidents — and save money for customers and industry.                                              

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Suspect To Plead Guilty In Oil Patch Killing

October 22, 2014 10:24 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A Colorado man is set to plead guilty to killing a small-town Montana high school teacher in a slaying that shone a harsh light on the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom.                              

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Infamous Oilman Dies At 88

October 22, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88.                      

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Judge To Decide Fate Of Oil Company's Bankruptcy

October 22, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge is set to decide whether to close out the case of a legally troubled oil drilling company in Kentucky.                                                     

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Oil Company Acts Quickly To Replace CEO Killed In Crash

October 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

French oil giant Total SA has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Moscow.                     

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Dow Chemical Beats Q3 Forecasts

October 22, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $937 million.                                                            

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Court Rejects Pollution Petition

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution.                         

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Mine Operators Were Warned Before Accident

October 22, 2014 10:06 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press | Comments

Federal mine inspectors say operators were warned numerous times of potential danger at the Revenue-Virginius Mine days before two men died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in 2013.                                                     

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