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Halliburton Q2 Profits Rise, Boost Buyback

July 21, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Halliburton Co. (HAL) said Monday that its second-quarter earnings rose 20 percent, and it raised its share buyback authorization to $6 billion.                                

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WIPP Operator Received Large Bonus After Accident

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.              

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Kentucky Coal Plant Plans Carbon Dioxide Project

July 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Kentucky elected officials and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy will visit a central Kentucky coal power plant to tout a project that will capture and store carbon dioxide emissions.                        

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Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

July 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. 

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Vote Set To Ban Tar Sands Oil In Maine

July 21, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The vote will take place on Monday night. The city's planning board voted 6-1 last week to recommend the council approve the proposal. Nearly 500 people attended the council's first vote on the subject.                     

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Testing Great Plains Shale For Energy Uses

July 21, 2014 10:40 am | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press | Comments

Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation.             

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Train Collision Spills Thousands Of Gallons Of Diesel Oil

July 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.            

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Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Search

July 18, 2014 10:39 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | Comments

Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.

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New Earthquake Map Shows Increased Risk For Much Of U.S.

July 18, 2014 10:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.                                     

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Chinese Chemical Company Comes To Louisiana

July 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A China-based company is opening a methanol manufacturing facility on the Mississippi River in St. James Parish that's expected to create 350 to 400 permanent jobs.                        

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Explosion At Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                        

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Court Limits Reach Of Gas Drilling Law

July 17, 2014 4:26 pm | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | Comments

A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.                 

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Duke Done Dredging Coal Ash

July 17, 2014 4:20 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River following a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant.                                        

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Obama's Second-In-Command At EPA Resigns

July 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the resignation of Bob Perciasepe (pur-cha-SEP'-ee). He was appointed deputy administrator in 2009 as the Obama administration tapped the EPA to tackle pollution blamed for global warming.

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On The Hunt For The Hottest Job In America

July 17, 2014 3:16 pm | Comments

Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.

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Improving Cost & Efficiency In Renewable Energy Storage

July 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

A major challenge in renewable energy is storage. A common approach is a reaction that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, and uses the hydrogen as a fuel to store energy. Scientists have developed a new method for maximizing the catalyst's contribution by chemically 'peeling off' only its active surface and excluding its bulk from the reaction.

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