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Report Calls For More Study of Pavillion Disposal Pits

December 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by By BENJAMIN STORROW, Star-Tribune staff writer; Casper, Wyo. | Comments

Regulators need to study 20 natural gas disposal pits to determine if a link exists between Pavillion's gas field and the area's contaminated drinking water, according to a draft report by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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Cliffs Sells Coal Assets in Shift Toward Iron Ore

December 3, 2014 11:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cliffs Natural Resources is selling off coal assets in West Virginia as the mining company continues to shift more toward a pure, iron ore supplier. Cliffs will take a pre-tax loss of $375 million to $425 million on the sale in the four quarter. It will use proceeds from the $175 million sale to Coronado Coal II LLC to pay down debt.

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U.S. Judge: State to Try Suit Against Oil Companies

December 3, 2014 11:12 am | by The Times-Picayune; New Orleans | Comments

A federal judge has sent a Plaquemines Parish lawsuit against 19 oil and gas companies back to state court for trial. NOLA.com The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey's ruling sets the stage for the return of 27 others suits to state courts in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.

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Ukraine Officials Say No Radiation Leak From Nuclear Plant Accident

December 3, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Roth, New York Times | Comments

Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk of Ukraine on Wednesday announced that there had been an accident at one of the country’s nuclear power plants, briefly setting off fears of a Chernobyl-like catastrophe. But there appeared to have been no radiation leak and only a temporary disruption in the power supply.

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Garrett Commission Votes to Endorse Findings on Shale Gas Drilling

December 3, 2014 10:56 am | by By Elaine Blaisdell, Cumberland Times-News; Cumberland, Md. | Comments

The Garrett County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse the findings of the Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Commission to further explore the impacts of drilling. The commissioners also voted to forward the report to the incoming commissioners for a decision on how to best implement policies and procedures for Marcellus shale moving forward.

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AmeriGas Leak Grew Fast

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole News & Guide; Jackson, WY | Comments

The propane gas cloud preceding a fire two weeks ago was so large that investigators can’t determine what exactly ignited it. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS released its investigation report of the blaze Tuesday, stating that while investigators could determine the source of the leak, they could not determine the cause of the explosion.

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Fire Crews Not Told About Chemical Leak at Chillicothe Paper Plant

December 2, 2014 1:37 pm | by Laura Arenschield, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | Comments

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it was likely that people within a 1-mile radius of a Chillicothe paper plant might have experienced nausea, sore throats or watery eyes after a chemical compound leaked from the site on Oct. 31.

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Could Wyoming's Oil Boom Be Over Before It Started?

December 2, 2014 11:46 am | by By BENJAMIN STORROW, Casper Star-Tribune | Comments

Plunging oil prices are prompting companies to shelve expansion plans in the Cowboy State, raising doubts over the future of Wyoming’s fledgling oil boom. Industry executives and observers said they expect drilling in Wyoming to slow after a 40 percent drop in price, months of tepid global demand and news that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel will not curtail production.

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Mine Dust Continues To Worry Residents

December 1, 2014 11:56 am | Comments

A gap in Indiana regulations says that state officials must personally see dust to take action against the mine. Bear Run provides the region with an economic boost of 625 jobs and more than $8 million in tax payments, while supplying a reliable source of cheap energy.

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Egyptian Militant Group Says It Killed U.S. Oil Worker

December 1, 2014 11:46 am | by Maamoun Youssef, AP | Comments

A passport said he was a 58-year-old from Texas and his identification cards said he worked for Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum Co. Apache said in August that one of its supervisors had been killed in an apparent carjacking in Egypt's Western Desert.

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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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