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Keystone XL Pipeline Hearing Before State Regulators Begins

July 27, 2015 4:30 pm | by JAMES NORD, Associated Press | Comments

The state Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Study: Banned Chemicals Still Affecting Ocean Wildlife

July 27, 2015 4:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Industrial chemicals banned for decades are still impacting ocean mammals in European waters, according to a new report.


BASF To Separate Pigments Operations

July 27, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

German chemical giant BASF plans to combine its pigments operations into a global business unit early next year and establish separate legal entities for those activities later in 2016.


Wind Farm Construction Commences

July 27, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm.


Report: Pemex Lost More Oil After Offshore Explosion Than Estimated

July 27, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Petroleos Mexicanos apparently lost much more oil production than previously indicated after an offshore explosion this spring.


In Iowa, Clinton Says Climate Plan Will Promote Renewables

July 27, 2015 10:03 am | by THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press | Comments

Crediting coal-miners for having "created an industrial revolution," Clinton said "it is important that we help them transition to a new economy."


Radford Ammunition Plant to Reduce Toxic Waste Open Burning

July 27, 2015 9:53 am | Comments

Other steps are being taken to reduce emissions, including a new nitrocellulose facility that's under construction and a power plant to replace the arsenal's World War II-era coal-fired plant.


Ohio City Better Prepared to Keep Toxins Out of Tap Water

July 27, 2015 9:47 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | Comments

Just over $5 million has been spent within the past year at Toledo's drinking water plant that will allow it to quadruple the amount of chemicals needed to get rid of the toxins in the water as it is pumped from the lake.


New Hunt For Oil in Florida Raises Environmental Concerns

July 27, 2015 9:43 am | by JASON DEAREN, JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | Comments

Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state's regulation of the oil and gas industry.


Deep-Sea Mining Looms on Horizon as UN Body Issues Contracts

July 27, 2015 9:36 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | Comments

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners.


Study: Coral-Like Structure Successfully Captures Ocean Pollutants

July 24, 2015 4:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Chinese researchers developed a new material capable of capturing industrial pollutants found in ocean water, according to a recent report.


Industrial Engineer Dies After Fall in Laboratory Freezer

July 24, 2015 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An employee of a Salt Lake City medical laboratory has died after falling about 15 feet inside a two-story freezer, officials said Friday.


Mystery Beach Blast in Rhode Island Blamed on Hydrogen Gas

July 24, 2015 4:37 pm | by AMY ANTHONY, Associated Press | Comments

A mysterious blast on a Rhode Island beach likely was caused by the combustion of hydrogen gas buildup because of a corroded copper cable under the sand, investigators announced Friday.


Brazilian Oil Workers go on a 24-hour Strike

July 24, 2015 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tens of thousands of workers at Brazil's state-owned Petrobras went on a nationwide 24-hour strike on Friday to protest the oil company's plans to sell $15.1 billion worth of assets by the end of next year to help pay off a debt of about $120 billion.


Re-Trial Date to be Set Next Week For Ex-BP Engineer

July 24, 2015 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week.



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