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Exporting US Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 19, 2014 | by Duke University | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to a new Duke University-led study.

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U.S. Goverment Sells 400K Acres Offshore Texas

August 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.                  

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

BP Names CEO Of U.S. Business

August 20, 2014 2:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

BP PLC said Wednesday that it has hired David Lawler as CEO of the oil and gas company's U.S. business, which is gearing up to spin off into its own separate company.                     

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Turning Rice Into Plastic

August 20, 2014 2:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists now say our chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum.                                    

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Gas Driller Fined For Losing Control Of A Well

August 20, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania.                               

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2 Die In Mine Explosion, 25 Still Trapped

August 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.                        

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Stretch Of Ohio River Reopens After Oil Spill

August 20, 2014 10:27 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | Comments

A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued.                           

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Mining Firm Lied About Acid Spill

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | Comments

Mexico's top environmental official said that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.                 

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New Mining Rule Survives Court Challenge

August 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Comments

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.                           

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Thousands Of Fuel Oil Spill Into Ohio River

August 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | Comments

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

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Consumer Prices Up .1% In July

August 19, 2014 10:34 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.                                           

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Environmentalists Call For Health Registry In Drilling Regions

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | Comments

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.              

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BHP Plans Asset Split, Posts $13.8B Profit

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | Comments

BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.                           

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Protesters Gather Against Proposed Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area.                           

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Mine Explosion Traps 27

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.                                     

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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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