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Thousands Attend Anti-Pipeline Gathering In Nebraska

September 29, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.            

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Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 29, 2014 11:15 am | by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires.     

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Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said. 

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Company Proposes Rare Earths Mine In WY

September 29, 2014 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Canadian company has proposed a rare earths mineral mine in northeastern Wyoming.                            

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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Judge Leaves Legal Openings For Villagers In Exxon Suit

September 25, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has left a small legal opening for some Indonesian villagers to pursue a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for human rights abuses allegedly committed by Indonesian troops guarding an Exxon natural gas field.                                 

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Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From The Oil Industry

September 25, 2014 10:15 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines.

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North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 10:01 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.                           

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Renewable Energy Plan Hinges On Utah Caverns

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by MEAD GRUVER, MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

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Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 4:08 pm | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                            

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Oil Reps Say ND Has Proper Rail Shipment Rules

September 24, 2014 3:55 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.                         

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Explosion At Plastics Plant Injures 1

September 24, 2014 3:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say one person was injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                               

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Worker Injured In Natural Gas Blast Dies

September 24, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday.                                     

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Minnesota Governor Asks For Added Oil Train Safety

September 24, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants added safety measures for oil trains leaving North Dakota.                                                       

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Treated Fracking Water Produces Potentially Harmful Compounds

September 24, 2014 3:26 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy.                                 

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Solar Energy Could Revolutionize Oil Sands Tailings Reclamation

September 24, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of Alberta | Comments

Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry.

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