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Exelon, Pepco Reach Settlement Over Merger in Maryland

March 17, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chicago-based Exelon announced in April of 2014 that it was buying Washington, D.C.-based Pepco Holdings Inc. for $6.83 billion to create a large electric and gas utility in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving approximately 10 million customers. The deal faces regulatory hurdles.

When Oil Prices Are Down, Worker Deaths Are up in The Bakken

March 16, 2015 5:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

North Dakota saw eight oilfield employee deaths since October, a five-month total than exceeded the number for the previous 12-month span. October also coincided with the beginning of a decline in the number of oil rigs operating in the state.


Oil Price Heading Down Again After ‘Head Fake’ Rally; Gas Price Likely to Follow

March 16, 2015 4:41 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Comments

“The rebalancing (of supply and demand) triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course,” the agency wrote in its monthly oil market report.


2 Former Freedom Owners Plead Guilty in Chemical Spill Case

March 16, 2015 4:33 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

Each faces up to a year in prison when sentenced June 22. They also face fines of $25,000 per day per violation, or $100,000 — whichever is greater.


House to Vote on 'Secret Science' Bill

March 16, 2015 4:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 16, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

According to a report in the journal Nature, Berkeley researchers modified metal composites with nitrogen compounds called diamines. The resulting molecule can bind with carbon dioxide at varying temperatures and without the presence of water.


Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The hardwood flooring retailer said customers who request the test kits would have the results from accredited laboratories within seven to 10 days. The company said it would evaluate the need for further testing should the kits show high chemical levels.


Algeria Oil Corruption Trial Begins After 5-Year Delay

March 16, 2015 11:04 am | by AOMAR OUALI, Associated Press | Comments

Charges include influence peddling, inflating contract prices, money laundering and generally skimming off millions of dollars in bribes.


Oklahoma Oil Storage Complex Nears Operational Capacity

March 16, 2015 10:50 am | by The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City | Comments

The massive oil storage complex at Cushing is nearing its operational capacity as oil inventories nationwide continue to rise.


Black Thunder Mine Expands LNG Pilot Program

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record | Comments

The Black Thunder mine has a fleet of 148 haul trucks, according to Arch Coal. It is one of the most productive mines in the world and has held the title of biggest in the world in the past.


2 Former Freedom Owners Set For Plea Hearings in Spill Case

March 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The January 2014 spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.


Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled After 3 Die From Listeria

March 16, 2015 9:26 am | by TERRY WALLACE and NICHOLAS CLAYTON, Associated Press | Comments

Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement Friday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Court: Chemical Safety Board Can Investigate Offshore Spills

March 13, 2015 4:41 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | Comments

In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate offshore oil spills.


Dow Signs on to Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 13, 2015 4:31 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The farm, which will power Dow’s Freeport Texas Manufacturing plant, will span 35,000 acres and produce enough electricity to power more than 55,000 homes.


Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A 3D printer designed by a University of Illinois chemist could, he believes, potentially revolutionize the development of new medications.



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