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BASF Sells Textile Chemical Business

October 16, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Chemical and oil company BASF SE says it is selling its textile chemicals business to Swiss-based Archroma for an undisclosed amount.                                  

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ExxonMobil Pledges Support For Biofuels Research

October 16, 2014 3:27 pm | by Iowa State University | Comments

The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can then be upgraded into transportation fuels.

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Oil Regulator: Price Drop Could Slow Drilling

October 16, 2014 3:18 pm | by JOSH WOOD, JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

Recent oil price drops could halt drilling in several North Dakota counties and force the state to reevaluate its budget, according to the state's top oil regulator.                                          

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More Needed To Improve Oil Train Safety

October 16, 2014 10:27 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil-train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.    

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Falling Oil Prices Shake Up Global Economies

October 16, 2014 10:23 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years.

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Abandoned Mines Spill Sludge

October 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange and brown sludge that spilled from two abandoned mines near Patagonia.                                        

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SW Energy Snaps Up Assets In Marcellus, Utica

October 16, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Southwestern Energy will spend about $5.38 billion to acquire drilling assets in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania now owned by Chesapeake Energy.                            

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Regulator Recuses Himself Amid Probe

October 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.                       

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ND Produced Record 35m Barrels Of Oil In August

October 16, 2014 10:06 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota produced a record 35 million barrels of oil in August, according to figures released Wednesday by the state's Industrial Commission.                                   

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EPA Approves New Weed Killer

October 16, 2014 10:04 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.                                                 

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A Unique Approach To Monitoring Fracking Groundwater

October 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by University of Cincinnati | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research project is taking a groundbreaking approach to monitoring groundwater resources near fracking sites in Ohio.                                       

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A Global Natural Gas Boom Won't Slow Climate Change

October 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term.

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Treasury Clears Way For Oil Spill Recovery Grants

October 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.                    

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Gas Contractor Sued For Race Discrimination

October 15, 2014 10:24 am | by MATT STROUD, Associated Press | Comments

Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor are suing the company for racial discrimination.                                         

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Regulators Cite Wrong Mining Company

October 15, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Regulators in western Wisconsin say they took action against the wrong company after discovering permit violations at a frack sand mine.                                            

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Idaho Gives Oil Company Second Chance To Exclude BLM

October 14, 2014 5:18 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | Comments

A Texas company is getting another chance to persuade Idaho officials to exclude federal lands and potential royalties from what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in the southwest part of the state.                                                   

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