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Ca. Allows Oilfield Dumping Into Drinking Water

February 5, 2015 5:19 pm | by Associated Press Videos Comments

State records show that California's oil and gas regulators improperly allowed oil companies to inject drilling fluids into federally-protected water aquifers more than 2,500 times. The oil industry says the permits were valid and that the scrutiny comes from heightened sensitivity to wastewater issues. 

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The Wild World of Predicting Oil Prices

February 5, 2015 3:32 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info Videos Comments

Oil prices yo-yoed this week, giving analysts whip lash as they hurried to decide what it all means, and forecast what the future holds. On Wednesday the price of a barrel had fallen to about $48, but by Thursday was back up to $52. And as quickly as some were to determine that prices were rallying, other chimed in to point out that it likely won’t last.

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Mustard Gas in The US — Why we Have it And How Scientists Are Preparing to Destroy It

February 4, 2015 1:36 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info Videos Comments

It’s the end of an era. Scientists are now prepping to dispose of 780,000 artillery and mortar shells of mustard gas at the Pueblo Chemical Depot next month. How and why was this stockpile built? Here are five facts about mustard gas and how chemists are going to destroy it.    

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Burning Oilfields After Fighting in Iraq

February 3, 2015 5:19 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info Videos Comments

After a dramatic weekend of clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) fighters and Kurdish forces, an oilfield in Iraq has been left burning and damaged. As of Monday, service from the oilfield was still halted, potentially putting a dent in revenue from the country’s key export.

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Ban on Toxic Paint Sparks Search For Perfect Ocean Vessel Coating

February 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info Videos Comments

Since TBT was banned in 2008, some companies have been on the hunt for a coating that will prevent bacterial buildup on the ship, improve performance and be safe for the environment. One Dutch paint and chemicals firm, AkzoNobel, thinks they may be close to producing that perfect coating.

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North Dakota's Oil Boom Braces For a Winter Cooldown

January 28, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info Videos Comments

People in Williston, North Dakota aren't just hunkered down because of the winter weather — they're feeling the slow down low oil prices have created for local businesses. As the city at the heart of North Dakota's oil boom, Williston's been hit by an economic downturn that defies basic economics.

Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance on Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on to the amendment, which was offered during a debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

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Five Stunning Stats About Exxon

January 15, 2015 4:54 pm | by CNNMoney Videos Comments

How many Olympic-sized swimming pools does ExxonMobil produce enough oil to fill each day? If ExxonMobile was a country, how big would its economy be? Check out these five incredible facts about the multinational oil and gas corporation.

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OPEC: Shale Producers Need to "Learn a Lesson"

January 15, 2015 10:41 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

There's been a lot of noise about OPEC's role in the current decline of oil prices — but UAE Energy Minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei says shale producers should be "rational" about their output and that the market may not be suitable for them. 

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Surfactants Not as Harmful For The Environment as Many Thought

January 14, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

You don’t have to search far to find someone claiming that surfactants — chemicals used in soaps, shampoos and detergents to help wash dirt away — are dangerous toxins that are harmful for the environment. But after conducting what this researcher says was the biggest study on the environmental impacts of surfactants, the evidence shows otherwise.

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Huge Waves Crash Against Swaying North Sea Oil Rig

January 13, 2015 9:42 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

Surf's up on the North Sea, and as this video shows, the waves can be big enough to rough up even a large offshore drilling rig. Filmed by an offshore worker on the nearby platform, (around 145 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland), this footage captures the stomach-churning awe of large waves crashing into a rig owned by Dolphin Drilling.

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The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. They say building homes from 3-D printed contruction materials isn't just innovative for its technology — it could be a cutting-edge solution for a coming "global housing crisis."

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BMW Goes Solar at CES

January 9, 2015 10:09 am | by Reuters Plus Videos Comments

Carmaker BMW showed off its vision for charging electric cars at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The concept, which the company hopes to have on the market in the near future, is a solar powered carport system capable of generating and storing energy that can power the carmaker's electric vehicles.

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Scientists Make a Sweet Discovery in Efforts to Produce All-Natural Vanilla

January 8, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

Not-so-fun fact: 99 percent of vanilian, a compound used to create vanilla's distinct flavor, is synthetic. The process to produce it relies on using fossil fuels or burning wood with acid — which scientists say is both inefficient and polluting.

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Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl

January 7, 2015 10:02 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info Videos Comments

One of the greatest applications for drones is how they can take our eyes to places they haven't been in a while — including Pripyat, Ukraine, home of Chernobyl. Though it's been almost 30 years since the disaster, images from Pripyat continue to captivate.

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