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On Gas, Nuclear, Hydro, Vermont Ducks Energy Problems

July 6, 2015 | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was "in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources." But the state is likely on the verge of a big increase in the use of fracked gas from Canada.

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Shell Authorizes Largest-Ever Gulf Drilling Platform

July 6, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell last week officially authorized construction of what will become its largest floating drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico.


ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 6, 2015 9:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month.


Utility Drones Could Inspect Equipment, Scan For Outages

July 6, 2015 9:38 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers.


After French Attack Experts Call For Better Chemical Plant Safety

July 2, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Last Friday, a delivery driver beheaded his boss and set off an explosion at the Lyon plant owned by Air Products of Pennsylvania — an incident that some experts are saying should be a wake-up call to the entire chemicals industry.  


Germany Phasing Out Some Worst-Polluting Coal Plants by 2020

July 2, 2015 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The German government is scrapping plans for a levy on the most-polluting coal-fired power stations and will instead phase some of the plants out.


Ameren Utility Looks to Build Eastern Missouri Solar Plant

July 2, 2015 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ameren Missouri is asking Missouri regulators for permission to build a solar plant in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County.


Arizona Copper Mine Stirs Debate Pitting Profits vs Religion

July 2, 2015 4:48 pm | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press | Comments

Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.


The Latest on Train Derailment: 5,000 Evacuated in Tennessee

July 2, 2015 4:42 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials in Maryville, Tennessee, say an evacuation is expected to last at least until Friday, after a CSX train car carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire.


How 5 Gulf Coast States Will Divide The BP Oil Spill Settlement

July 2, 2015 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here's how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being made over nearly two decades:


FourPoint Energy Buying Well Assets For $840M

July 2, 2015 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The sellers are subsidiaries of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp.


Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

July 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports.


Oklahoma Attorney General Challenges EPA's Clean-Air Plan

July 2, 2015 10:02 am | by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Comments

A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.


Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over Oil Spill

July 2, 2015 9:59 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

The settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf.


Hospital: 7 Injured From Incident at Petroleum Center

July 2, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A hospital confirmed that seven people were injured on Wednesday, two of them critically, from an incident at a petroleum distribution center in northeast Nebraska that one witness said produced large flames and black smoke.


Oregon Senators Pass Bill Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Toys

July 2, 2015 9:46 am | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press | Comments

Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.



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