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Regulator Recuses Himself Amid Probe

October 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.                       

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ND Produced Record 35m Barrels Of Oil In August

October 16, 2014 10:06 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota produced a record 35 million barrels of oil in August, according to figures released Wednesday by the state's Industrial Commission.                                   

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EPA Approves New Weed Killer

October 16, 2014 10:04 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.                                                 

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A Unique Approach To Monitoring Fracking Groundwater

October 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by University of Cincinnati | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research project is taking a groundbreaking approach to monitoring groundwater resources near fracking sites in Ohio.                                       

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A Global Natural Gas Boom Won't Slow Climate Change

October 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term.

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Treasury Clears Way For Oil Spill Recovery Grants

October 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.                    

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Gas Contractor Sued For Race Discrimination

October 15, 2014 10:24 am | by MATT STROUD, Associated Press | Comments

Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor are suing the company for racial discrimination.                                         

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Regulators Cite Wrong Mining Company

October 15, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Regulators in western Wisconsin say they took action against the wrong company after discovering permit violations at a frack sand mine.                                            

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Idaho Gives Oil Company Second Chance To Exclude BLM

October 14, 2014 5:18 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | Comments

A Texas company is getting another chance to persuade Idaho officials to exclude federal lands and potential royalties from what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in the southwest part of the state.                                                   

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Ergon To Spend $150M On Refinery Expansion

October 14, 2014 5:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Flowood-based private company said that it would enhance parts of the refinery and expand its tank farm. It said the changes, in addition to allowing it to make more products, would allow Ergon to feed the refinery with more kinds of crude oil.

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Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 14, 2014 5:13 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.                               

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IL Fracking Rule Vote Postponed Until November

October 14, 2014 5:11 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment.                         

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Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by MAPI Foundation | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                                             

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Vega Biofuels Breaks Ground On Pilot Torrefaction Plant

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products.                                          

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Balancing Renewable Energy Costs

October 14, 2014 10:44 am | by European Physical Journal Plus | Comments

In a new study scientists have come up with an open source simulation method to calculate the actual cost of relying on a combination of electricity sources.                                

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