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Ukraine Gets Loan To Modernize Pipelines

December 1, 2014 11:40 am | by Peter Leonard, AP | Comments

These upgrades could lower the cost of transporting fuel by 20 percent. The loan is being provided to state-owned pipeline operator Ukrtransgaz by the EU's lender, the European Investment Bank. This could help the reliability of the pipeline and lessen the influence of Moscow-backed plans.

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Homeowners Near Detroit Refinery Feel Neglected

December 1, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

Neighborhoods bordering a Marathon oil refinery have been in decline - dealing with abandoned homes, increased crime and the odor, noise and dust that come with living near a refinery. Interstate 75 is nearby, along with a wastewater treatment facility and railroad tracks - all of which have driven down property values.

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Court Rejects Appeal In Iowa Pollution Case

December 1, 2014 11:26 am | Comments

The justices have let stand an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that said residents could bring a nuisance lawsuit against Grain Processing Corp., which operates a corn processing plant in Muscatine.           

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Illinois To Be Home Of New Corn Protein Extraction Plant

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by Joanie Stiers, The (Galesburg) Register-Mail | Comments

Zein proteins make up about 40 percent of the total protein in corn. After extraction, it appears as a pale-yellow powder that can be used for biodegradable plastics, paper coatings, food packaging, antioxidants, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, food and cosmetics.

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What Is OPEC Thinking?

November 26, 2014 10:40 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

There is political upheaval across the Middle East, Iran is suffering under Western sanctions, and surprising growth in oil production outside of OPEC is sapping badly-needed revenue. Crude has fallen 32 percent in five months, reducing OPEC revenues by nearly $1 billion a day.

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Supreme Court Reviewing EPA Mercury Limits

November 26, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Sherman, AP | Comments

One judge on the appeals court complained that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs. And the costs are huge, about $9.6 billion a year."

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Wyoming Opens Door To More Gas-Liquid Conversion Plants

November 26, 2014 9:52 am | Comments

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee voted 13-1 to sponsor a bill that would allow the state to buy natural gas and then contract with a plant to convert it into more expensive products, such as diesel.

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26 Coal Miners Die In Mine Fire

November 26, 2014 9:41 am | Comments

Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in China's Liaoning province. Of those, 30 had serious burns, eight were in intensive care and four were still in danger of dying.

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EIA: Gas Prices Lowest Since '09 Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

The national average is 47 cents lower than a year ago, and the lowest price heading into a Thanksgiving holiday since 2009. AAA estimates that during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend 41.3 million people in the United States will travel more than 50 miles from home by car.

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U.S. Steel To Build New HQ In Pittsburgh

November 25, 2014 11:46 am | by Joe Mandak, AP | Comments

The new five-story building will house U.S. Steel's 800 headquarters employees for at least 18 years, with an option to extend the lease beyond that. The plan solves several interlocking problems for U.S. Steel, the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and the city.

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Proposed Rail Terminal Would Be The Largest For Oil In The U.S.

November 25, 2014 11:34 am | Comments

A proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington would handle more crude than any single rail facility in the U.S. Vancouver Energy, a joint venture, would handle an average of 360,000 barrels of oil per day, or up to four trains daily.

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EPA Thinks Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 11:15 am | by Emily Schmall, AP | Comments

Regulators said that the largest coal-fired power plants in Texas should invest more than $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, but the state's coal regulator said the plan would increase costs for consumers while doing little for the environment.

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Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

November 24, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP | Comments

A coalition has filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit by Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co., or let a state court decide the issue. The filing comes after a federal judge ruled that Maui County can't implement the law until arguments against it are settled.

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Offshore wind turbines more likely as auction set

November 24, 2014 4:06 pm | by By Steve Leblanc - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29. Secretary of the Interior Sally...

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Profire Energy Acquires VIM Injection Management

November 24, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

Profire Energy, a technology company that creates, installs and services burner management systems and other combustion technologies for the oil and gas industry, has acquired the assets of VIM Injection Management, an oilfield chemical-injection technology company.

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