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Feds Approve First Solar Projects Under New Permit System

June 2, 2015 4:15 pm | News | Comments

The plan, which debuted under the Bureau of Land Management in 2012, enables faster reviews of solar energy developments in areas with high energy potential and few land use conflicts.

Sikorsky to Cut 1,400 jobs, Citing Falling Oil Production

June 2, 2015 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. says it's cutting 1,400 jobs in the coming year as the helicopter manufacturer faces declining demand for shuttling workers to offshore oil platforms.

Feds Say Colorado Oilman Hasn't Responded to Penalty

June 2, 2015 10:19 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency says a Colorado oilman, known for filing scores of lawsuits against energy companies claiming they underreported natural gas production, hasn't responded to a civil penalty from a federal agency alleging that he failed to report production on his own leases.


Things to Know About The California Oil Spill

June 2, 2015 9:46 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Cleanup crews continued to mop up oil-stained beaches along California's Central Coast two weeks after an onshore underground pipeline ruptured, leaking thousands of gallons of crude into the Pacific.

Tesla Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Aging Trucks

June 2, 2015 9:30 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors co-founder Ian Wright wants to make trucks cleaner and greener. His firm Wrightspeed makes electric powertrains for garbage and delivery trucks. It's expanding fast as fleet owners retrofit aging trucks to meet stricter emissions standards.

European Oil And Gas Majors Call For Carbon Price

June 1, 2015 4:35 pm | by SYLVIE CORBET, KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The appeal by the chief executives of Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Eni, Total, Statoil and the BG Group came as U.N. climate talks resumed Monday in Bonn.

Takata Halts Use of Volatile Chemical Linked to Deadly Airbags

June 1, 2015 3:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The airbags were pulled from the market after it was discovered they were inflating with too much force and causing metal fragments to spray inside vehicles.

Oklahoma is Latest State to Prevent Local Fracking Bans

June 1, 2015 10:50 am | by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.


GOP Pledges to 'Rein in' Obama on EPA Rules, Global Warming

June 1, 2015 10:06 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Not so, insist Republicans.

Report: Bulk Chemicals Expected to Lead Industrial Energy Consumption

May 29, 2015 4:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's annual energy outlook anticipated that the industrial sector's energy demand would outpace all other sectors through 2040.

EPA Curbs Ethanol Requirement as USDA Seeks Higher Blends

May 29, 2015 4:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Friday proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required in gasoline, along with a grant program to promote higher ethanol blends at the gas pump.

Google Solar Drone Crashes During Testing

May 29, 2015 4:13 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Solara 50 is a 164-meter long drone designed to stay aloft for as long as five years, Bloomberg said.

Tesla Batteries Behind Florida Solar Project

May 29, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tesla's highly-touted power storage system is being put to use by a new solar panel system in Florida.


Planned Pipeline Needs OK From Many North Dakota Landowners

May 29, 2015 4:01 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company that already has obtained shipping commitments from oil companies to build a 1,100-mile pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois is having a tougher time getting permission from North Dakota landowners.

Federal Agency Dings Shell For Oil Rig Mishap in Arctic

May 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters.

Study: EPA Could Be Overstating Health Benefits of Air Regulations

May 28, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators could be significantly overstating the public health benefits of air quality rules, according to a recent study by Indiana University researchers.

Chemists' Discovery Could Lead to Greatly Improved Energy Storage

May 28, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Canadian researchers this week announced the discovery of a battery reaction that could pave the way for the "holy grail of electrochemical energy storage."

Chem Industry’s Hero And Villain of The Week

May 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This week’s look at who’s getting kudos and who’s getting flak spotlights the go-to cleaner in oil spills, and the fracking mogul accused of trying to get earthquake researchers fired.

Croatian Dilemma: Oil in The Adriatic, or Tourism

May 28, 2015 10:37 am | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press DARKO BANDIC, Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is a high-risk problem," Fries said in a warm breeze that stirred the sea's mirrored surface. "No one wants to swim or dive in a sea with pipelines, oil platforms and tankers."

New Federal Rules On Stream Protection Hailed, Criticized

May 28, 2015 9:22 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, aim to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings left the reach of the Clean Water Act uncertain.

China Coal Production Falls in First 4 Months of Year

May 27, 2015 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.

Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

Exxon Shareholders to Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

That is one of several environmental and company-governance resolutions on the agenda at the oil giant's annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

ADM Moving Away From Ethanol, High Fructose Corn Syrup

May 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland is shifting toward new uses for corn in light of lagging demand for two of its most prominent products.

Federal Data: As Oil Production Soars, So Do Pipeline Leaks

May 26, 2015 5:22 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent.

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