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How Will Nevada Handle Obama's Historic Anti-Pollution Push?

August 3, 2015 | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration is embarking on an unprecedented push to limit the amount of carbon pollution from the nation's power plants, and Nevada expects to find out this week how much it needs to reduce emissions.

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With Protest Over, Shell Prepares For Arctic Ocean Drilling

August 3, 2015 9:39 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor.


Florida Power Company Gave $1 Million to Pro-Bush Super PAC

August 3, 2015 9:35 am | by JACK GILLUM, RONNIE GREENE, Associated Press | Comments

The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light.


Duke Energy Finishes $1.2B Power Buyout of Eastern NC Cities

July 31, 2015 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. says it's competed a $1.2 billion deal to buy out dozens of eastern North Carolina cities that have struggled for years with bad investments in power plants.


Extended Slump in Oil Taking Toll on Industry, Economy

July 31, 2015 4:29 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.


Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit Over Brewery Keg Explosion

July 31, 2015 4:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A $1.2 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit over a keg explosion at a New Hampshire brewery.


Demolition Plan OK'd in Southern Ohio Uranium Plant Cleanup

July 31, 2015 4:22 pm | by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press | Comments

State and federal agencies have agreed on a plan for demolishing huge buildings and other facilities from a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio.


Stillwater Mining Co. Reports $27M Loss For 2nd Quarter

July 31, 2015 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The nation's only platinum and palladium mine is reporting a $27.5 million loss for the second quarter of 2015.


Exxon Profit Falls by Half But Production Rises

July 31, 2015 3:53 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. profit dropped by half in the second quarter on sharply lower oil and gas prices around the world, but the company's oil and gas production, which has been generally declining in recent years, surged.


Arctic-Bound Ship Leaves Portland After Oil Drilling Protest

July 31, 2015 3:48 pm | by TERRENCE PETTY, DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation.


Mississippi Phosphates Set to Plead Guilty in Pollution Case

July 31, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways.


OSHA Fines Southcross Energy Over January Fire

July 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Federal regulators on Wednesday cited a Texas natural gas company for safety violations following a January fire at its plant near Corpus Christi.


The Honest Co. in Hot Seat Over ‘Ineffective’ Sunscreen

July 31, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

Dozens of parents lit up social media and product review boards during the last week with complaints that a sunscreen made by The Honest Company, a ‘toxic-free’ body care company owned by Jessica Alba, hasn’t been doing its job.


Senate Panel Backs Lifting Crude Export Ban

July 30, 2015 4:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Senate Energy Committee voted Thursday to lift the country's decades-old ban on exports of crude oil.


Toxic Flame Retardant Found in Congressional Furniture

July 30, 2015 4:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"It’s crazy to think that there are toxic chemicals in the very furniture we’re sitting on while working to update America’s chemical safety law,” Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, told Roll Call.


Environmental Lawyer: New Jersey-Exxon Settlement Not Enough

July 30, 2015 4:00 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | Comments

A lawyer for an environmental group says a judge should find that New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over natural resource damages is too small.



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