Two federal agencies must approve a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills before a South Dakota board further considers issuing a permit, its hearing chairman said Tuesday, citing a state law. An order issued Tuesday by Rex Hagg, hearing chairman, said the board will not reschedule the state hearing until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have ruled on the project.
Crest Industries, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant in the southern part of the parish to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries. The company will furnish galvanized protective coatings for utility poles and equipment.
A fire described by officials as "small" prompted the shutdown of one reactor at FirstEnergy Corp.'s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania. Operators of the Shippingport plant said an electrical short occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the turbine where electricity is produced.
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday signed a shale gas production-sharing agreement with the Chevron, as the country strives for energy independence from neighboring Russia. Chevron will initially invest $350 million into exploratory and drilling work in the Oleska field in western Ukraine.
The nation's largest retail propane gas dealer is going to pay $545,000 in fees, donations and penalties to settle a case that alleged the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws by not promptly removing propane storage tanks or issuing refund checks after consumers terminated propane service, the Vermont Attorney General's office said Monday.
The European Commission's energy chief says the bloc's executive arm will present a proposal on mandatory disaster insurance for nuclear power plants in coming weeks.
A reactor that was shut down for refueling Sept. 30 at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania has been restarted and is expected to reach full capacity in the next week.
Lawyers say dozens of western North Dakota mineral owners have expressed interest in joining lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured as a byproduct of oil production.
The report supposedly sides with the U.S, the European Union and Japan. In a March 2012 complaint to the WTO, they said export curbs improperly favor Chinese domestic manufacturers in violation of Beijing's free-trade commitments. China has about 30 percent of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90 percent of production.
Miners, their spouses and other family members who still live at home can get up to $5,000 per person for training in high-demand fields such as healthcare, truck driving, welding, electrical engineering, HVAC repair, diesel technology and chemical processing.
A new lawsuit claims the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources violated state law and its own guidelines when it approved a permit for a new coal exporting facility that is adjacent to a Mississippi River diversion project aimed at replenishing coastal wetlands with river sediment.
Chevron said that net income fell six percent in the third quarter as weak refining results and higher operating costs offset higher oil and gas production and prices. Chevron Corporation posted net income of $4.95 billion for the quarter on revenues of $56.6 billion. The nation's second-biggest oil company earned $2.57 per share.
After officials took nearly two weeks to tell the public about a Tesoro Corporation pipeline rupture that sent more than 20,000 barrels of crude spewing across a wheat field, the North Dakota Health Department told lawmakers that the agency would soon unveil a website where the public can see data on all oil spills and other hazardous leaks.
Horsehead Corporation has filed a 60-day notice warning workers that it plans to close a zinc smelting plant by year's end. The move was expected, as the plant may become a $2.5 billion petrochemical "cracker" plant for Shell Oil. Still, the closing is tough news for the plant's nearly 500 hourly employees.
A coalition dedicated to continuing New York's five-year-old ban on hydraulic fracturing demanded that the state withdraw its proposed regulations for new liquefied natural gas facilities, saying they fail to consider all the risks. The new regulations would end a 40-year moratorium that was enacted after an explosion killed 40 workers at a Staten Island storage plant.
The grant will focus on the chemical and isotopic biomarkers that micro-organisms leave behind during their growth. Researchers say their work is the first of its kind and that it's important to understand the micro-organisms living in the shale because it has implications for current and past life on our planet.
A spokesman for Shell Alaska says the company will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan sometime over the next few weeks, but hasn't decided whether it will move forward with drilling next year. Shell drilled in both the Chukchi and the Beaufort Seas in 2012, but suffered serious setbacks.
Recent safety and environmental problems at the Sinclair refinery have been numerous. Last year, three fires injured seven workers in racking up more than $200,000 in fines. In 2011, the state reached a $5.4 million settlement with Sinclair for spills into a pond on the refinery site. In 2009 the refinery was the scene of one of the biggest spills in Wyoming history.
VMonitor provides digital oilfield implementation and remote operations equipment. It has the world’s largest installed base of wireless wellhead monitoring systems for natural and artificially lifted wells, with more than 6,000 sites around the world.
The facility will be able to process 120 million cubic feet of gas a day from local oil wells. Many of those wells were just recently drilled into the Niobrara Shale underlying eastern Wyoming. The plant would remove natural gas liquids from the gas byproduct of local oil production.
Despite delays in environmental permitting and financing, an entrepreneur says he still hopes to have a demonstration plant running by mid-March to recycle polluted water from Pennsylvania's booming natural gas drilling industry. It could treat as much as 50,000 gallons a day.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is creating the nation's first state gasoline reserve to prevent shortages during emergencies. A pilot program on Long Island will hold three million gallons of fuel for motorists and first responders. The project is a response to the gas shortages that created hours-long lines in the days after Superstorm Sandy.
Hundreds of trains carrying crude oil could soon be chugging across the Northwest, bringing potential jobs and revenues but raising concerns about oil spills, increased train and vessel traffic. With five refineries, Washington has long received crude oil from Alaska and elsewhere by ship, barges or pipelines, but ports and refiners are increasingly turning to trains to take advantage of a boom in oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.
Human mistakes are mostly to blame for the recent mishaps, as workers deal with a string of crises. A top Japanese regulator feels these "silly mistakes" are a sign of declining morale. TEPCO acknowledged a systemic problem in a recent report, saying workers under tight deadlines tend to cut corners, and others don't fully understand their assignments or procedures.
The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is shut down while more than 1,700 technical workers perform inspections, upgrade equipment and do maintenance that cannot be done while the plant is operating. One-third of the plant's radioactive fuel will be replaced, new digital equipment will be installed and the turbines that produce electricity will be overhauled.