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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 18, 2014 5:10 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.                               

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Chemical Tanker Victim Buried At Sea

August 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | Comments

Ship spokesman Campbell Houston said Monday the engine-room fire left the 485-foot Pine Galaxy without much refrigeration, and the crewman's family gave permission for the ocean burial.                    

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Pipeline Protesters Plan Cornfield Concert

August 18, 2014 5:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast.                        

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PG&E Pleads Not Guilty To Gas Blast Charges

August 18, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.         

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Crews Discover Benzene Leak At Abandoned Goodrich Factory

August 18, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise and a chemical leak while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company.                                             

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Potato Processor Strike Enters Third Week

August 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Simplot spokesperson told the station that the company may move employees working in other U.S. factories to the one in Grand Forks if the strike isn't settled by full fall production.                         

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Huge Utility Line Upgrade Faces Opposition

August 18, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid.                            

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Seeking Support For WV Power Plant

August 18, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Developers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Marshall County are seeking the county's support of the project.                                   

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88 Schools Closed After Acid Spill

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Eighty-eight schools in a northern Mexico state will not open Monday along with the rest of the country because of the danger of water contaminated by the spill of 10 million gallons (40,000 cubic meters) of acids from a copper mine into two rivers this month.

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Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration's actions in a North Pole oil refinery's impending closure don't see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.

Alaskans Decide The Fate Of Oil Production Tax

August 18, 2014 10:22 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Amid a fog of conflicting claims, Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday to decide if the state's old system for taxing oil companies, passed in 2007 after some lawmakers were suspected of bribery, is better than the new system, a tax cut passed last year to try to attract investment from petroleum companies.

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Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 18, 2014 10:15 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.                             

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1 Death In Chemical Tanker Fire

August 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.                    

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Tesoro Explosion Investigation Closed

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.                   

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North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 18, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow.                        

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23 Trapped In Flooded Mine

August 14, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The official Xinhua News Agency says 23 workers are trapped after a coal mine was flooded in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.                                    

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