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Researchers Discover Nonwoven Cotton Picks Up 50X Own Weight In Oil

August 21, 2014 5:21 pm | by Texas Tech University | Comments

Texas Tech University researchers recently discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat can collect up to 50 times its own weight in oil.                               

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6,500 Tickets Sold For Pipeline Opposition Concert

August 21, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.                      

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Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuit Thrown Out

August 21, 2014 4:48 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Plaintiffs say the Charleston airport's now-complete runway project contributed to the spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                         

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Mexican Firm Complains About Spill Probe

August 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.                      

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TVA Board Votes On Replacing Memphis Coal Plant

August 21, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority's board is scheduled to vote on a proposal to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and replace it with a natural gas facility.                   

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Testimony Ends In WV Surface Coal Mine Hearing

August 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

West Virginia Surface Mine Board is deciding whether to revoke a permit for a surface mining operation located near Kanawha State Forest.                                  

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Water Intake Resumes After Ohio River Spill

August 20, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.                                 

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Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Coal Ash Measure

August 20, 2014 3:25 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | Comments

State House and Senate leaders say that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.                             

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Brine Hauler Sues Over Biblical Fracking Billboard

August 20, 2014 3:22 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.                  

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Libya's Largest Oil Depot Begins Exporting

August 20, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Libya's largest export terminal begun loading a tanker destined for Italy, its first shipment after a yearlong blockade over disputes between the central government, rebels and protesters, the country's oil corporation said.                                

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U.S. Goverment Sells 400K Acres Offshore Texas

August 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.                  

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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.

BP Names CEO Of U.S. Business

August 20, 2014 2:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

BP PLC said Wednesday that it has hired David Lawler as CEO of the oil and gas company's U.S. business, which is gearing up to spin off into its own separate company.                     

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Turning Rice Into Plastic

August 20, 2014 2:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists now say that chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum.                                    

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Billionaire Pays $1.5 Mine Fines

August 20, 2014 10:32 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Comments

West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.                             

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Gas Driller Fined For Losing Control Of A Well

August 20, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania.                               

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