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NJ Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

December 2, 2013 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hope Creek nuclear plant in southern New Jersey is offline after high moisture was found in the steam that spins the plant's turbine.                                                                  

PA Solar Mirror Plant Closed Permanently

December 2, 2013 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a bankrupt western Pennsylvania plant that manufactured solar power components have abandoned plans to reopen.                                                                    

Calpine Buys TX Power Plant For $625 Million

December 2, 2013 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Independent power producer Calpine is buying a power plant from MinnTex Power Holdings LLC for $625 million.                                                                                        

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Seismic Testing For New Shale In Western PA

November 26, 2013 4:10 pm | by TIMOTHY PUKO, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Three white trucks roll head-to-tail along Route 30 at about 1 mile per hour. Every 250 feet, they stop and slowly lower wood and metal pads to the road, then they shake. Some in the gas industry call this "getting elephants to jump at the same time." These are seismic testing trucks, sending vibrations 20,000 feet deep to get a picture of new areas for shale drilling.

U.S. Gov. Seeks Public Comment On Drilling Plan

November 25, 2013 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal from an energy company to drill an exploratory well south of Rock Springs.                               

NJ Nuclear Plant Back Online

November 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's oldest operating nuclear plant has been returned to service after crews completed some planned maintenance work there this week.                             

Gas Field Tank Explosion Injures 5

November 25, 2013 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion in a western Wyoming gas field has injured five workers, one of them critically.                                                                  

General Electric Closing NY Plant

November 22, 2013 12:12 pm | News | Comments

General Electric Co. said it will close a northern New York electrical capacitor plant that employs about 200 workers.                                    

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House Speeds Pipeline Approval

November 21, 2013 1:21 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has approved a bill to speed approval of natural gas pipelines, the third bill passed this week to boost energy production in the U.S.                                                             

California Edison Refuses To Refund

November 21, 2013 12:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Edison will challenge a recommendation that it refund $74 million to customers who were charged operating costs for the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.                                                

Power Plant's Future Worries Southern IL Residents

November 21, 2013 12:47 pm | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As an effort continues to move Illinois away from coal-based energy, some here worry about the 36-year-old coal-fired plant's future — and the town that's reliant upon it.

Washington Speeds Up Drilling On Public Lands

November 21, 2013 12:36 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House approved two bills aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands.                                                                                     

New Natural Gas Factory In ND

November 20, 2013 11:48 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma energy company said it will build its biggest factory yet in western North Dakota to help capture and bring to market more of the natural gas that currently is being burned off as a byproduct of soaring oil production.                   

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CA Recommends Refunds For Nuclear Shutdown

November 20, 2013 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators recommended $94 million in refunds for Southern California utility customers for reduced operating costs at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.                                   

UT Refinery Expansion Approved

November 20, 2013 11:28 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another Utah refinery has received approval for a major expansion in a heavily populated corridor struggling to achieve federal air-quality standards and a group pushing Utah to crack down harder on polluters says it will try to block the effort in court.

AZ Uranium Mining Halted

November 20, 2013 11:19 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The only two uranium mines operating in Arizona and an associated mill in southern Utah are set to cease operations temporarily as prices for the ore decline.                                          

SandRidge To Drill 100 Wells In KS In 2014

November 19, 2013 12:07 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unfazed by its counterparts pulling out of Kansas, SandRidge Energy plans to spend $350 million next year to punch an additional 100 horizontal wells and build associated infrastructure in the Mississippian Lime formation in the state.                            

CT Workers Trained For Pipeline Work

November 19, 2013 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployed and underemployed Connecticut construction workers are being trained to work on planned gas distribution and transmission pipeline construction projects.

Shell Still Pursuing Ethane Cracking Plant In PA

November 19, 2013 11:59 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. is still actively exploring a plan to build a huge natural gas processing plant in western Pennsylvania and may have selected engineering firms to do feasibility studies.                               

CO Proposes Air Quality Crackdown For Drillers

November 19, 2013 11:53 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure to tighten air quality standards for oil and gas drillers, Colorado officials on Monday proposed the nation's first statewide standards for methane emissions and other heightened safeguards.                               

ND Forming Pipeline Safety Panel

November 19, 2013 11:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he is forming a panel of independent engineers, industry and state officials to increase pipeline safety in the state.                                             

Uncertainties Abound In Decommissioning Efforts

November 19, 2013 11:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Fighting Begins Over Mexico's Oil Monopoly

November 18, 2013 12:20 pm | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The fight to revamp Mexico's state-run oil industry could start any time because of a Senate proposal to allow private access to the country's oil, a nationalist symbol that for decades has been fiercely protected by the constitution.                     

IL Ruling Compromises Coal's Future

November 18, 2013 12:04 pm | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Pollution Control Board will decide this week whether to give a Houston company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, a scenario that underscores the uncertainty facing an industry squeezed by environmental regulations and competition from natural gas.

Oil Transforming Corpus Christi

November 18, 2013 12:00 pm | by JENNIFER HILLER, San Antonio Express-News | News | Comments

The drilling boom has launched billions of dollars in port construction projects, as well as a round-the-clock frenzy to move products in and out of the oil patch and to coastal terminals and refineries.                                        

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