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Oil Train Danger Extends Beyond Bakken

June 26, 2014 4:55 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. officials say the danger posed by a dramatic increase in North American oil train traffic extends far beyond shipments from the booming Bakken region on the Northern Plains.                 


North Dakota Regulators Approve Portion Of Midwestern Pipeline

June 26, 2014 4:52 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota regulators have approved the construction of a portion of a $2.6 billion pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin.                         


A Breakthrough For Organic Reactions In Water

June 26, 2014 4:50 pm | by McGill University | Comments

Green-chemistry researchers at McGill University have discovered a way to use water as a solvent in one of the reactions most widely used to synthesize chemical products and pharmaceuticals.                    


Mining Firm Optimistic About Nebraska Niobium

June 26, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A Canadian firm hoping to build a mine to collect a valuable and rare heat-resistant element from beneath southeast Nebraska says the first samples collected this year are encouraging.                      


Natural Gas Sinks After Weekly Storage Report

June 26, 2014 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Natural gas prices were falling to four-week lows after the U.S. government reported a sharp buildup in the country's natural gas storage levels.                             


EPA Can't Find Alaskan Mine Records

June 26, 2014 10:27 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency said it can't find emails from a former biologist who was evaluating the impact of a large gold and copper mine proposed in southwest Alaska.                       


Jury Awards Gas Blast Victim $20M

June 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Southern California Gas Co. must pay nearly $20 million to a man who was badly injured in a gas explosion, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday.                             


West Virginia Mine Idled

June 26, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. plans to temporarily idle its Pinnacle underground mine in southern West Virginia.                                        


Oil Boom Fuels Age Drop In Great Plains States

June 26, 2014 10:22 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | Comments

The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.                                     

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Alcoa Drops Nearly $3B On Jet Engine Parts Maker

June 26, 2014 10:20 am | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | Comments

Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson.                                  


North Dakota Discloses Oil Train Details

June 26, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, with most shipments going through the state's most populous county.                             


Coal Ash Plan Clears North Carolina Senate

June 26, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Senate legislation requiring Duke Energy to close its North Carolina coal ash pits within 15 years is now heading to the state House.                                   


States Confront Worries About Fracking & Earthquakes

June 25, 2014 4:41 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, KRISTI EATON, Associated Press | Comments

In recent years, earthquakes have become commonplace in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most were too weak to cause serious damage, but they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to oil and gas fracking, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.


Creating A New Battery That's Cheap, Clean & Organic

June 25, 2014 3:57 pm | by USC | Comments

The new battery – which uses no metals or toxic materials – is intended for use in power plants, where it can make the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating a large-scale means to store energy for use as needed.           


Lawmakers Urge A Block Of The Chesapeake Cleanup

June 25, 2014 10:55 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab.                     



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