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Gas Prices In Week Before Labor Day Lowest in 11 Years

September 4, 2015 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

Despite gas prices increasing 47 cents per gallon since the last week of January, consumers this week still saw the cheapest pre-Labor Day prices at the pump since 2004.

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Judge Orders Mercury Cleanup Plan for Penobscot River

September 4, 2015 11:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The order signed Wednesday by Judge John Woodcock sets the stage for a costly cleanup of the toxic heavy metal released by the now-defunct Orrington plant in the 1960s and '70s.


GOP-ers Say Politics Could Interfere with Probe of EPA Spill

September 4, 2015 10:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Congress members say they're concerned that politics will influence the U.S. Interior Department's investigation of a toxic mine spill near Silverton, CO caused Aug. 5 by another federal agency.


Germany's BASF, Russia's Gazprom Revive Gas Asset Swap

September 4, 2015 10:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The swap will see BASF subsidiary Wintershall transfer its share in a jointly operated natural gas trading and storage business to Russian gas company Gazprom.


Kraft Heinz Expands Kraft Singles Recall

September 4, 2015 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.


Study Finds Elevated Radioactivity in Coal Ash

September 3, 2015 11:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new report showed that ash in all three major U.S. coal-producing regions contained elevated levels of radioactivity.


Manufacturing Productivity Up, Labor Costs Down in Second Quarter

September 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Durable goods manufacturing saw strong productivity growth at 2.8 percent, while non-durable goods production saw a 1.2 percent increase.


Sekisui Plastics USA Opens $5.2 Million Manufacturing Facility In Ohio

September 3, 2015 11:01 am | by Sekisui Plastics USA | Comments

The plant will initially produce foam products molded mainly from Piocelan hybrid moldable foam resin for use in automotive parts, baby seat core parts, and other industrial markets such as protective packaging.


Big Cities Scramble to be Prepared for an Oil Train Disaster

September 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Michael Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | Comments

Critics say a fiftyfold increase in crude shipments has put millions of people living or working near the tracks at heightened risk of derailment, fire and explosion.


Judge: PPG Liable for Pollution From Pennsylvania Plant

September 3, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge says PPG Industries Inc. is liable for decades of pollution from a western Pennsylvania glass plant.


Federal Lab Moves Closer To Solar Fuel

September 3, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

If technology advances to make synthetic photosynthesis more efficient — a prospect that could be several years away — the process might pave the way for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels altogether.


BP Seeks Restitution of Some Gulf Oil Spill Claims

September 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | Comments

BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Christie Challenges Obama's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules

September 3, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The plan by President Barack Obama to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is flawed and New Jersey is asking the Environmental Protection Agency not to implement it, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.


Texas Regulator Clears Oil and Gas Company of Causing Quakes

September 2, 2015 11:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Investigators concluded that a well where Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy pumps millions of gallons of the wastewater likely didn't cause the quakes, but also said there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate the earthquakes were naturally occurring.


China Chemical Factory Blast Toll Rises to 5

September 2, 2015 11:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The factory that produces adhesive materials exploded on Monday night in Lijin county in Shandong province.


Shell President: 'Oil Will be Required for a Long Time'

September 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press | Comments

If Shell's exploratory arctic drilling finds the oil it's looking for, it could apply for production permits and move oil by undersea pipe to the Alaska shore and then overland across northern Alaska to the trans-Alaska pipeline.



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