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Gulf Of Mexico Residents Hail Ruling Against BP

September 5, 2014 10:08 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.               

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29 Rescued, 5 Still Buried After Mine Collapse

September 5, 2014 10:03 am | by SABINA NIKSIC, AMER COHADZIC, Associated Press | Comments

One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine Friday after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia. Five men remained buried deep underground as officials halted rescue efforts.                          

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Stocks Flat As Oil Drop Offsets ECB Stimulus

September 5, 2014 10:01 am | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Business Writer | Comments

A slump in oil prices weighed on the stock market Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight loss.                                 

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Biofuel Plant, Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 5:05 pm | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.                          

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Montana Coal Deal To Boost Asian Exports

September 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.                                                

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Ruling To Cost BP Extra $18B; Stock Slumps

September 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

A judge's ruling in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill case that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion in fines sent the company's shares tumbling.                                       

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Judge: Reckless Conduct Caused BP Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 4:27 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

BP acted "recklessly" and bears most of the responsibility for the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.                                           

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Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 4, 2014 4:17 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management admits.                    

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States Anxiously Await Court Decision On Proposed Carbon Standards

September 4, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Twelve state attorneys general are urging an appeals court to decide quickly on a lawsuit over the legality of proposed carbon emission standards.                                    

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Kansas Chemical Company Under Investigation

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, unsealed search warrants show.              

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million.                                             

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An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

90 Laid Off In Pennsylvania Processing Plant Sale

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ninety employees of a northeastern Pennsylvania plant will be laid off as part of a deal expected to become final in the first half of next year.                                      

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Saving Lives By Lowering Emissions

September 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states — and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving.

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Extent Of Jet Fuel Leak Contamination Still Unknown

September 3, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Air Force still hasn't determined the extent of contamination from a fuel leak discovered 15 years ago at a New Mexico base, and it wants some reports it compiled on the leak tossed, according to a letter from a base commander to stage regulators. 

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PG&E To Appeal Blast Penalty

September 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people.                      

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