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James River Coal Asset Auction Set For August 18

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Online court documents show the auction is scheduled for Aug. 18. If the successful bid contemplates a sale, a sale-approval hearing would be held Aug. 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond.                  

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:42 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                         

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Judge Rules Against Gas Plant Zoning Exemption

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A judge has ruled that Calvert County improperly granted zoning exemptions for a proposed facility to liquefy and export natural gas that has drawn opposition from environmentalists.               

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Copper Foam Turns CO2 Into Useful Chemicals

August 12, 2014 4:36 pm | by Brown University | Comments

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, a new study shows.                   

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Mine Too Slow Reporting Acid Spill

August 12, 2014 4:14 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.             

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EPA Criticized For Muzzling Advisors

August 12, 2014 4:12 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials.    

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New Natural Gas Pipeline Planned For WV & OH

August 12, 2014 4:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A company is planning a $1.75 billion project that includes laying 160 miles of natural gas pipeline in West Virginia and Ohio.                                 

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An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cargill Settles Midwestern EPA Dispute

August 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $187,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at large oil storage facilities in Iowa and Nebraska.                             

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Mine Spills 10 Million Gallons Of Acid Into River

August 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.                     

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Oyster Harvest Still Feels The BP Pain

August 12, 2014 10:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

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All Miners Rescued In Mine Collapse

August 12, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nine miners were rescued from a collapsed mine on Tuesday after being trapped inside for several hours, Turkey's state-run news agency said.                                

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Utica Shale Region Now Included In Drilling Productivity Report

August 12, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

The Utica Region in eastern Ohio, one of the fastest growing natural gas production areas in the United States, has been added to the Drilling Productivity Report. Total natural gas production in the Utica Region has increased from 155 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) in January 2012 to an estimated 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in September 2014.

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9 Trapped In Mine Collapse

August 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A coal mine collapsed in northern Turkey earlier today, trapping up to nine people inside, an official said.                                        

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Trial Set For Ex-BP Exec

August 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                            

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Obama Administration Talks Energy Development

August 12, 2014 9:52 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The potential for renewable energy development in the Southwest is tremendous, but two top officials in President Barack Obama's administration said Monday much work needs to be done to meet the challenges of exporting that power to market.  

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