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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Cushing, Oklahoma

October 12, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two moderate magnitude earthquakes shook northern Oklahoma on Saturday, including one near the major oil storage hub of Cushing.

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BASF Announces New Consumer Product Materials Plant in China

October 12, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

German chemical giant BASF will add new plant to produce emollients and waxes at its operations in Jinshan, China.


Single Atom Alloy Platinum-Copper Catalysts Cut Costs, Boost Green Technology

October 12, 2015 9:26 am | by Tufts University | Comments

A new generation of platinum-copper catalysts that require very low concentrations of platinum in the form of individual atoms to cleanly and cheaply perform important chemical reactions is reported by Tufts University.


NY Pipeline to go Through Sites Containing Ancient Artifacts

October 12, 2015 9:22 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | Comments

Previous digs at construction sites and scientific excavations nearby have produced a wealth of arrowheads, stone tools, pottery shards and campfire remnants dating back as much as 5,000 years.


Shell: Militants Attack Nigerian Flow Station, Kill Guard

October 12, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shell Nigeria says armed militants attacked an oil flow station in the southern Delta and killed a guard, amid fears of a renewed crisis as the country grapples with halved petroleum prices.


Qatar Energy Minister Says Oil Prices Have Bottomed Out

October 12, 2015 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Qatar's energy minister says he believes that oil prices have bottomed out ahead of an expected meeting of OPEC members and other oil producers later this month.


Residents of Contaminated Town Wary of Government Efforts

October 12, 2015 8:55 am | by MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press | Comments

Polluted areas in Navassa include the Estech General Chemical site, where ExxonMobil continues to monitor groundwater; Holding Pond site, a former fertilizer plant; P and W Waste Oil; and the site of the former Cape Fear Meat Packing Plant, a brownfield where the EPA found minimal contamination.


More, Smaller Icebergs Could Show up in Alaska Tanker Lanes

October 12, 2015 8:49 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades, according to a study by a citizens oversight group.


Woman Describes Issues at Mine During Trial of Ex-Coal CEO

October 9, 2015 3:36 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break mine safety laws and lying to financial regulators about safety practices at Upper Big Branch, in southern West Virginia.


House OKs Lifting 40-Year-Old US Ban on Oil Exports

October 9, 2015 3:16 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to lift a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude oil exports. Supporters argued that an ongoing boom in oil and gas drilling has made the 1970s-era restrictions obsolete.


Lawsuit Wants Plans Mandated For Dealing With Big Oil Spills

October 9, 2015 2:38 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Comments

An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.


Officials: Broken Rail Caused West Virginia Train Derailment

October 9, 2015 2:25 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

A CSX train was carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude when it derailed Feb. 16 during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon.


Judge Denies Environmentalists' Intervention in Exxon Case

October 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | Comments

A Democratic state senator and environmental groups cannot intervene in the state's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over contaminated gas stations and other sites, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday.


Waste Water Treatment Plants Fail to Completely Eliminate New Chemical Compounds

October 9, 2015 9:19 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

According to a piece of research by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, fish caught near these plants display a higher rate of endocrine disruptors


Chemical Treatment Helps Extend Shelf Life of Bananas

October 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A chemical that occurs naturally in egg yolks and soya beans could help significantly extend the shelf life of bananas, according to a recent study.


Gas Pipeline From Romania to Moldova to be Built in 2016

October 9, 2015 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Moldovan government official says work on a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Romania to the Moldovan capital will begin next year.



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