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A Global Natural Gas Boom Won't Slow Climate Change

October 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term.

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Treasury Clears Way For Oil Spill Recovery Grants

October 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.                    

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Gas Contractor Sued For Race Discrimination

October 15, 2014 10:24 am | by MATT STROUD, Associated Press | Comments

Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor are suing the company for racial discrimination.                                         

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Regulators Cite Wrong Mining Company

October 15, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Regulators in western Wisconsin say they took action against the wrong company after discovering permit violations at a frack sand mine.                                            

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Idaho Gives Oil Company Second Chance To Exclude BLM

October 14, 2014 5:18 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | Comments

A Texas company is getting another chance to persuade Idaho officials to exclude federal lands and potential royalties from what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in the southwest part of the state.                                                   

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Ergon To Spend $150M On Refinery Expansion

October 14, 2014 5:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Flowood-based private company said that it would enhance parts of the refinery and expand its tank farm. It said the changes, in addition to allowing it to make more products, would allow Ergon to feed the refinery with more kinds of crude oil.

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Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 14, 2014 5:13 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.                               

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IL Fracking Rule Vote Postponed Until November

October 14, 2014 5:11 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment.                         

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Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by MAPI Foundation | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                                             

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Vega Biofuels Breaks Ground On Pilot Torrefaction Plant

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products.                                          

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Balancing Renewable Energy Costs

October 14, 2014 10:44 am | by European Physical Journal Plus | Comments

In a new study scientists have come up with an open source simulation method to calculate the actual cost of relying on a combination of electricity sources.                                

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California Attorney General Investigates Regulator

October 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A newspaper reports that California's attorney general has opened an investigation into the state public utilities commission.                                         

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Landfill Rejects Ebola Ash

October 14, 2014 10:25 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A Louisiana waste disposal site says it won't accept the ashes generated when a Texas Ebola victim's belongings from his apartment were incinerated and a judge has signed an order temporarily blocking the disposal in the state.                               

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Why The Drop In Oil Prices Has A Downside

October 14, 2014 10:20 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                                  

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Company Plans $4B Plastic Factory In North Dakota

October 14, 2014 10:16 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said.                                   

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