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Freedom Industries, State Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

March 31, 2015 | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | Comments

The agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit cleanup reports and work plans to the DEP.

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New York Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

March 31, 2015 3:12 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn't allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

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Va. Board OKs $361,000 Fine Against CSX For 2014 Derailment

March 31, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CSX also agreed to complete restoration of the river bank in the area of the derailment and monitor the river for any long-term environmental impacts from the incident.

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Pharmacist Group Says Members Shouldn't Aid in Executions

March 31, 2015 10:41 am | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press | Comments

The policy adopted by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting Monday makes an ethical stand against providing such drugs, saying they run contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers.

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US to Pledge up to 28 Percent Emission Cut in Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

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High Plains Coal-Bed Methane Reservoir Deal Headed to Vote

March 31, 2015 10:29 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

An agreement between Wyoming environmental regulators, a gas developer and a bond surety company would put the surety company in charge of inventory and reclamation of as many as 143 small reservoirs containing groundwater from coal-bed methane wells.

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NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

March 31, 2015 9:58 am | by COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | Comments

While officials caution that they aren't certain of the cause of last week's blast in New York's East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly consequences: untrained schemers rigging up pipes to save money by siphoning natural gas.

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Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

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Chemical Production Sees Best Increase Since '10

March 30, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Production increased in eight segments, including organic chemicals, consumer products and pharmaceuticals, but decreased in eight others that included synthetic fibers, plastic resins and adhesives.

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Regulators Plan to Drop Case at Closed California Nuke Plant

March 30, 2015 4:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The plant was shut down in January 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of virtually new generator tubes.

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Northeast, Despite Highest Gas Costs, Resists More Pipelines

March 30, 2015 4:21 pm | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | Comments

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 3:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit US Energy Security

March 30, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | Comments

Confining crude oil to U.S. refineries, the researcher said, could lead to discounted crude prices that eventually disrupt investment in oil exploration and production.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook For US Economy

March 30, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014.

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Construction of Massive Fertilizer Plant Remains on Schedule

March 30, 2015 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The construction of a giant $2 billion fertilizer plant is on schedule in northwest Iowa, but the project is nearing its busiest phase when roughly 2,200 workers will be employed on the job.

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GNC Reaches Deal With NY AG Over Herbal Plus Products

March 30, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The NY attorney general sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance or were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels.

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