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IHS: Opening of Mexican Energy Industry Breathing New Life into Petrochemicals

September 2, 2015 | by IHS Inc. | Comments

Access to abundant U.S. natural gas via pipeline is driving investment on Texas-Mexico border, fueling opportunities for midstream, power generation, and petrochemicals.

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Texas Regulator Clears Oil and Gas Company of Causing Quakes

September 2, 2015 11:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Investigators concluded that a well where Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy pumps millions of gallons of the wastewater likely didn't cause the quakes, but also said there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate the earthquakes were naturally occurring.


Nigeria to Deploy Drones to Curb Oil Theft

September 2, 2015 11:05 am | by Bashir, Adigun, Associated Press | Comments

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will deploy drones across the territorial waters of Africa's largest oil producer as part of a series of new efforts to help curb rampant oil theft, a company official said Tuesday.


Judge Asked to Lift Hold on Drilling Lease Near Glacier Park

September 2, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An attorney for a Louisiana oil company has asked a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease on land in Montana that's sacred among American Indians.


Polymer Developed From Squid Teeth Heals Itself With Water

September 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Teeth located on the tentacles of squid could one day provide an easier way to fix medical implants or undersea cables.


Medical Polymers Market to Reach $17 Billion by 2020

September 1, 2015 11:16 am | by Grand View Research | Comments

Growing awareness regarding benefits of using medical polymers with biocide properties is expected to drive market demand.


Huge Blast at Spanish Fireworks Factory Kills 5, Wounds 6

September 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Ciaran Giles and Alan Clendenning, Associated Press | Comments

Police and firefighters didn't know the cause of the blast and were prevented in initial efforts from trying to investigate it because fires were still raging at the site hours after the explosion and a series of smaller blasts.


What's in 90 Percent of Seabirds' Guts? Plastics

September 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

As many as nine out of 10 of the world's seabirds likely have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates.


New Material Science Research May Advance Tech Tools

September 1, 2015 11:00 am | by Louisiana State University | Comments

Hard, complex materials are used to fabricate some of today's most advanced technology tools. However, little is known about how the properties of these materials change under specific temperatures, magnetic fields and pressures. 


Shell Resumes Operations After Storm Forces Arctic Stop

September 1, 2015 10:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Shell spokesman said Monday that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check is complete and the company is satisfied it's safe to start drilling again.


Research Shows Wind-Turbine Farms Could Offer Diminishing Returns

September 1, 2015 10:54 am | by University of Kansas | Comments

When a substantial number of turbines are installed over a small area, the amount of electricity generated is no longer governed by simple multiplication, according to the researchers.


Chemical Factory Explodes in Eastern China, Killing 1

September 1, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The incident comes nearly three weeks after massive chemical warehouse explosions in the country exposed lax enforcement of safety regulations.


Report: Natural Gas Operations Could Release Harmful Chemicals

August 31, 2015 1:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers concluded that natural gas wells could release a complex mixture of chemicals that might disrupt hormones in humans' endocrine systems — potentially causing problems in development and reproduction.


Italy's Eni Finds 'Supergiant' Natural Gas Field off Egypt

August 31, 2015 11:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Eni said the discovery — made in its Zohr prospect "in the deep waters of Egypt" — could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas over an area of 100 square kilometers


Death Toll Rises to 158 in Blasts at China's Tianjin Port

August 31, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Among the dead were 94 firefighters, 11 policemen and 53 civilians, and the missing included 10 firefighters, the Tianjin government said.


Oregon Hemp Farmer Says Startup Going Slow

August 31, 2015 11:00 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | Comments

One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.



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