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Report: Natural Gas Operations Could Release Harmful Chemicals

August 31, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers concluded that natural gas wells could release a complex mixture of chemicals that might disrupt hormones in humans' endocrine systems — potentially causing problems in development and reproduction.

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Death Toll Rises to 158 in Blasts at China's Tianjin Port

August 31, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Among the dead were 94 firefighters, 11 policemen and 53 civilians, and the missing included 10 firefighters, the Tianjin government said.


Oregon Hemp Farmer Says Startup Going Slow

August 31, 2015 11:00 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | Comments

One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.


Maersk to Develop Large North Sea Gas Find off Britain

August 31, 2015 10:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Production is expected to start in 2019 and continue for at least 13 years.


Cost, Length of Exxon's Cleanup Still Unclear After Deal

August 31, 2015 10:50 am | by Michael Catalini, Associated Press | Comments

The $225 million settlement between ExxonMobil and New Jersey reached this week confirms the oil giant must clean up more than 1,500 contaminated properties from gas stations to refineries — but exactly how much they'll spend or how long it'll take remains murky.


U.S. Oil Prices Climb Again After Thursday's Big Jump

August 28, 2015 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

After falling to a 6 1/2 year low this past Monday, oil prices jumped 10.3 percent Thursday and an additional 6.3 percent Friday.


ACC Report: Global Chemical Production Slows in July

August 28, 2015 3:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Chemical production increased in most regions but declined in Latin America, where Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela saw weakness.


Shell Chemicals to Pay $485,000 Historic Preservation

August 28, 2015 11:14 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shell is reportedly giving the money to offset losses or damage as it cleans up the site of a former zinc-smelting plant and poor house.


Californians Cut Water Without State Imposing Fines

August 28, 2015 11:10 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | Comments

Cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide conservation mandate of 25 percent, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Thursday.


New Plant, Industry, Jobs Announced for Hancock County

August 28, 2015 10:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Plastic-resin manufacturer DAK Americas has announced a significant expansion to its plant in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.


U.S. Judge Weighs Dumping Case Over Alcoa Dams Riverbed Rights

August 28, 2015 10:52 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | Comments

A federal judge questioned Thursday whether North Carolina was acting like a "banana republic" with its lawsuit challenging whether Alcoa Inc. owns the riverbed under Yadkin River dams it has operated for as long as a century.


Documents: Workers Had No Way To Issue Warning After Spill

August 28, 2015 10:48 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | Comments

Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday.


Reduced Offshore Share in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production Lowers Risk From Hurricanes

August 28, 2015 10:46 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

Hurricane-related risk to total U.S. crude oil and natural gas production has decreased over recent years as the share of total U.S. production originating in the Gulf of Mexico has declined sharply.


Company: Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Gulf Oil Leak

August 28, 2015 10:44 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | Comments

A New Orleans energy company said Thursday it has reached a settlement agreement with environmental groups in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Ukraine Asks Russia for Lower Gas Prices for Winter Season

August 28, 2015 10:38 am | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press | Comments

Russia and Ukraine last year struck an emergency deal on prices through the winter. That deal has expired, however, and the sides have to hold new talks if Ukraine is to receive more Russian gas.


Hawaii Officials Reopen Waikiki Beach After Sewage Spill

August 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Caleb Jones and Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press | Comments

Water quality tests showed bacteria levels at the beach declined since a large sewage spill nearby earlier this week.



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