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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 Approves FutureGen CO2 Storage Plan

September 3, 2014 10:15 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to store carbon dioxide underground, a key step in the longstanding plan to build the project.                      

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Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                        

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Questions Arise Over State's Share Of PG&E Blast Payout

September 3, 2014 10:10 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

By far the largest share of a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people will go directly to the state with no strings attached.                 

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Portland Reaches Propane Terminal Deal

September 3, 2014 10:07 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | Comments

The Port of Portland said it has reached an agreement with a company that wants to build a terminal to temporarily house propane imported by rail from Canada then exported by ship to Asia.                               

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Search Called Off For Missing Miners

September 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nicaragua's government said it has called off a search for as many as seven missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.                         

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5 Protesters Arrested After Blocking Oil Train

September 3, 2014 10:02 am | by DOUG ESSER, Associated Press | Comments

Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

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Judges Recommend $1.4B Penalty For PG&E

September 3, 2014 10:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood. 

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Australian Company Buys $16M in Tintina Shares

September 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Australian mining company has offered to purchase a controlling share of Tintina Resources Inc., the company that proposes a copper mine in central Montana.                              

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Utility Opposes $2.9M Deal In WV Spill Case

September 3, 2014 9:57 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

 A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January.                                   

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Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                                   

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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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Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 10:11 am | 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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Pembina Buys Vantage Pipeline For $650M

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

Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million.                                       

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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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