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Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                                   

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Toward Safer Anhydrous Ammonia

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An effective but dangerous pressurized gas known as anhydrous ammonia has been used for years to deliver nitrogen to soil and crops, and a safer delivery method that uses dry pellets is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

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U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month, in part because cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.

Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 2, 2014 10:07 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader | Comments

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania faceed a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills and work habits they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Water Shortages Threaten China Shale Gas Plan

September 2, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to a U.S.-based research group.                         

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Marcellus Shale Drillers Under-Reported Waste

September 2, 2014 9:56 am | by ANYA LITVAK, MAXWELL RADWIN, The Post-Gazette | Comments

EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story.                   

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Nanoparticle Research Could Enhance Oil Recovery, Tracing Of Fracking Fluid

August 28, 2014 4:03 pm | by Colorado State University | Comments

Two Colorado State University researchers are examining how nanoparticles move underground, knowledge that could eventually help improve recovery in oil fields and discover where hydraulic fracking chemicals travel.                    

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Argentina & Malaysia Reach $550M Shale Deal

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Argentina has reached a deal with Malaysian national oil company Petronas to help develop what is believed to be among the largest shale oil deposits in the world.                                       

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Future Of 'Big Oil' Suit At Stake

August 28, 2014 3:55 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.                               

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The Chemistry Behind BBQ

August 28, 2014 3:53 pm | by Institute of Food Technologies | Comments

It's that time of the year again when people are starting to fire up the grill for tailgating season! IFT spokesperson Guy Crosby, PhD, CFS provides insight into the food science behind BBQ.                      

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Natural Gas Liquids Challenge Oil As Petrochemical Feedstock In North America

August 28, 2014 3:46 pm | by IHS | Comments

The increasing use of cost-advantaged natural gas liquids as a feedstock by North American petrochemical producers means that less propylene is being produced as a co-product by the region’s steam crackers. This trend is driving greater global need for on-purpose production of propylene, which is a key chemical building block second in demand only to ethylene, according to new research.

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Turning Coffee Water Into Energy

August 28, 2014 3:39 pm | by UTZ Certified | Comments

The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.                     

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Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                                

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Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day

August 28, 2014 3:29 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.45/gallon (gal) this past Monday, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.                              

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Report Shows Progress In Reducing Air Pollution

August 28, 2014 10:50 am | by EPA | Comments

This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress - the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics.

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Scientists Call For Halt In Non-Essential Use Of Fluorochemicals

August 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Technical University of Denmark - National Food Institute | Comments

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, until better methods exist to measure the chemicals and more is known about their potentially harmful effects.

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Rail Oil Deliveries Increase Through 2014

August 28, 2014 10:16 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by U.S. railroads increased 9% during the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.                     

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