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Ammonia Leaks From Warehouse Burning in Washington Wildfire

June 29, 2015 | by NICHOLAS GERANIOS, DONNA BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | Comments

The Blue Bird warehouse, which uses ammonia for cold-storage, was among a few commercial buildings to burn.

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Idaho Aquifer Decline Could Hinder Radioactive Monitoring

June 29, 2015 5:24 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey in a 36-page report released Monday said the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer level has dropped below two wells and about a dozen others are in danger due to ongoing drought.


Grand Opening Held For $430M Oil Refinery at Dickinson

June 29, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

It can process 20,000 barrels of oil each day into diesel fuel and other products.


Supreme Court Rejects EPA Mercury Rules

June 29, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected federal regulations curbing mercury emissions and other harmful pollutants from power plants.


Justices Won't Hear Appeal From BP, Anadarko Over Gulf Spill

June 29, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associaed Press | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


Hyundai Sees Future In Hydrogen-Powered Cars

June 29, 2015 10:04 am | by The Associated Pres | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. says hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.


Chemists Develop Eco-Friendly Oil Spill Solution

June 29, 2015 9:54 am | by City College of New York | Comments

City College of New York researchers led by chemist George John have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable green "herding" agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water.


Council Rejects Fracking Shale Gas in Northwest England

June 29, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A local council has rejected plans to frack shale gas in northwestern England in a case closely watched as offering a precedent for exploration in Britain.


Germany's Oldest Remaining Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

June 29, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by the end of 2022.


Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open In A Year

June 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press | Comments

The "gigafactory" will produce lithium-ion batteries for use in Tesla electric cars.


Board Urged to Adopt Buffers Between Homes, Oil Drilling

June 26, 2015 4:21 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling.


Shell Heads For Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits

June 26, 2015 4:17 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea.


Board of Corruption-Riddled Nigerian Oil Company Dissolved

June 26, 2015 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nigeria's new president on Friday dissolved the board of the state oil company from which billions of dollars is missing, a move likely preceding an investigation.


Company Looking at Downsizing Proposed Coal-to-Liquid Plant

June 26, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The announcement Wednesday by Houston-based DKRW Advanced Fuels raised new skepticism about whether the plant at Medicine Bow in Carbon County would be built.

Monsanto to Upgrade Herbicide Plant

June 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hugh Grant, CEO of the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant, said the company would invest more than $1 billion in the Luling facility during the next three to five years.


Study: Fracking Doesn't Have to be Rough on The Environment

June 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers at Northwestern University believe that improving the operational efficiency of natural gas fracking could produce a "win-win" for both the U.S. energy sector and the environment.



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