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Study Finds Elevated Radioactivity in Coal Ash

September 3, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new report showed that ash in all three major U.S. coal-producing regions contained elevated levels of radioactivity.

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Big Cities Scramble to be Prepared for an Oil Train Disaster

September 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Michael Rubinkam and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | Comments

Critics say a fiftyfold increase in crude shipments has put millions of people living or working near the tracks at heightened risk of derailment, fire and explosion.

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Judge: PPG Liable for Pollution From Pennsylvania Plant

September 3, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge says PPG Industries Inc. is liable for decades of pollution from a western Pennsylvania glass plant.

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Federal Lab Moves Closer To Solar Fuel

September 3, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

If technology advances to make synthetic photosynthesis more efficient — a prospect that could be several years away — the process might pave the way for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels altogether.

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BP Seeks Restitution of Some Gulf Oil Spill Claims

September 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | Comments

BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Christie Challenges Obama's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules

September 3, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The plan by President Barack Obama to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is flawed and New Jersey is asking the Environmental Protection Agency not to implement it, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.

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Texas Regulator Clears Oil and Gas Company of Causing Quakes

September 2, 2015 11:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Investigators concluded that a well where Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy pumps millions of gallons of the wastewater likely didn't cause the quakes, but also said there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate the earthquakes were naturally occurring.

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China Chemical Factory Blast Toll Rises to 5

September 2, 2015 11:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The factory that produces adhesive materials exploded on Monday night in Lijin county in Shandong province.

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Shell President: 'Oil Will be Required for a Long Time'

September 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press | Comments

If Shell's exploratory arctic drilling finds the oil it's looking for, it could apply for production permits and move oil by undersea pipe to the Alaska shore and then overland across northern Alaska to the trans-Alaska pipeline.

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ConocoPhillips Plans to Cut 10 Percent of its Workforce

September 2, 2015 11:07 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | Comments

The company said most of the estimated 1,800 will be in North America, including more than 500 at its Houston headquarters.

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Nigeria to Deploy Drones to Curb Oil Theft

September 2, 2015 11:05 am | by Bashir, Adigun, Associated Press | Comments

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will deploy drones across the territorial waters of Africa's largest oil producer as part of a series of new efforts to help curb rampant oil theft, a company official said Tuesday.

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Judge Asked to Lift Hold on Drilling Lease Near Glacier Park

September 2, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An attorney for a Louisiana oil company has asked a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease on land in Montana that's sacred among American Indians.

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IHS: Opening of Mexican Energy Industry Breathing New Life into Petrochemicals

September 2, 2015 10:59 am | by IHS Inc. | Comments

Access to abundant U.S. natural gas via pipeline is driving investment on Texas-Mexico border, fueling opportunities for midstream, power generation, and petrochemicals.

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Polymer Developed From Squid Teeth Heals Itself With Water

September 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Teeth located on the tentacles of squid could one day provide an easier way to fix medical implants or undersea cables.

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Medical Polymers Market to Reach $17 Billion by 2020

September 1, 2015 11:16 am | by Grand View Research | Comments

Growing awareness regarding benefits of using medical polymers with biocide properties is expected to drive market demand.

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Huge Blast at Spanish Fireworks Factory Kills 5, Wounds 6

September 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Ciaran Giles and Alan Clendenning, Associated Press | Comments

Police and firefighters didn't know the cause of the blast and were prevented in initial efforts from trying to investigate it because fires were still raging at the site hours after the explosion and a series of smaller blasts.

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