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Why Many Experts Missed This: Cheap Oil Can Hurt US Economy

May 21, 2015 9:22 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way.


California Concerns Grow Over Oilfield Operations Near Water

May 20, 2015 10:55 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.


Fuel Company Settles Claims Over Air Emissions in 3 States

May 20, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.


Asbestos-Contaminated Community to Weigh in on Final Cleanup

May 20, 2015 10:43 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Residents of a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure will weigh in this week on a proposal to leave the dangerous material behind in many houses and buildings.


NRC Probing Appearance of Water After Fire at Nuclear Plant

May 20, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating why water accumulated in a room of critical electrical equipment after a transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.


Obama Frames Global Warming as National Security Threat

May 20, 2015 9:27 am | by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | Comments

With the Republican-led Congress indifferent to Obama's entreaties, the president has been doing what he can to combat climate change through executive orders to cut greenhouse gas emissions and through the powers of persuasion.


'Sunshine State' or Not, Florida Badly Behind on Solar Power

May 19, 2015 5:25 pm | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | Comments

Residents of the Sunshine State are finding that harnessing Florida's abundant solar power is no simple task.


How One Company Could Save The Fracking Industry

May 19, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

If a Denver company has its way, foreign competitors may not be able to undercut U.S. drilling operations for much longer.


Why There’s so Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By The Numbers

May 19, 2015 5:10 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

It’s potentially a $15 billion problem in the U.S.


Report: US Carbon Emissions From Electricity Expected to Increase

May 19, 2015 5:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The most conservative projection showed carbon dioxide levels from the nation's power sector rising by 2 percent between 2013 and 2040.


Texas Ban on Local Fracking Restrictions Signed into Law

May 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The move ends months-long efforts by the oil industry and its supporters to curb local authority over oil and gas drilling.


Yale Scientists Develop New, Cheaper Catalysts for Industrial Chemicals

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the latest edition of the journal ACS Catalysis, Yale chemists detailed the production of catalysts based on palladium.


Feds Propose Multi-Pronged Plan to Bolster Decline in Bees

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency will step up studies into the safety of widely used neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been temporarily banned in Europe.


Duke Plans to Build Natural Gas-Fired Plant in Asheville

May 19, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The project also includes installing solar generation at the site. It should be complete by the end of 2019.


OSHA: Better Safety Measures Could Have Saved DuPont Workers Killed By Gas

May 18, 2015 4:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Had the company assessed the dangers involved, or trained their employees on what to do if the ventilation system stopped working, they might have had a chance," OSHA chief David Michaels said in a statement.



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