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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.                                        

Swaging Unit

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | Swagelok Company | Product Releases | Comments

Swagelok Company introduces the new High-Volume Swaging Unit to increase safety and productivity for the oil and gas, alternative fuel and general industries.

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TVA Closing 8 Coal Plants In AL & KY

November 15, 2013 11:35 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest public utility is shuttering eight coal-fired boilers at plants in Alabama and Kentucky and more reductions could be in store over the next few years.                                                  

Work Begins At Tribal Refinery In ND

November 15, 2013 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Work is underway on a facility where oil will be shipped from a planned refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwestern North Dakota.                                                                                      

Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas pipeline has exploded in rural North Texas, officials urged residents of a nearby town to evacuate as a precaution.                                                        

Natural Gas Supplies Growing

November 14, 2013 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration reported that natural gas in storage grew by 20 billion cubic feet to 3.834 trillion cubic feet last week.                                             

$12.2M In Grants Awarded To ND Oil

November 14, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

North Dakota's Land Board has awarded $12.2 million in state grants to fire departments and emergency medical services providers in North Dakota's oil-production region.                                    

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NM Oil And Gas Ban Provokes Protest

November 14, 2013 11:39 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A decision by one northern New Mexico county to prohibit oil and natural gas development has prompted a statewide industry group and three landowners to challenge the ban in federal court, calling it unconstitutional.                 

"The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters"

November 13, 2013 12:02 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Frackers" tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom — and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster.

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.                                              

Point: The Cost Of Ethanol

November 12, 2013 11:28 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure." But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits.

Counterpoint: Ethanol Industry Fires Back

November 12, 2013 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Associated Press investigation, which claimed that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry.                                        

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Former Japanese Leaders Join Calls Against Nuclear Power

November 12, 2013 9:55 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's flagging anti-nuclear movement is getting a boost from two former prime ministers who are calling for atomic power to be phased out following the Fukushima disaster.                                         

Transocean Agrees To Deal With Icahn

November 11, 2013 11:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil driller Transocean has agreed to a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn after a months-long proxy fight. The company said today that it has agreed to support a dividend of $3 per share and reduce the size of its board. It is also looking to boost margins by $800 million through cost-cutting efforts and other measures.

Nuclear Expansion Suspended In TX

November 11, 2013 11:13 am | News | Comments

Dallas-based Luminant Generation had asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to double the number of nuclear reactors at its Comanche Peak plant from two to four. However, in a letter to the NRC, Luminant said its Japanese-based reactor partner had decided to focus on restoring nuclear power in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami led to a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

More Drillers Are Recycling Fracking Water

November 11, 2013 10:57 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, drillers suspected water recyclers of trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater. Recycling is rapidly becoming a popular and economic solution for this burgeoning industry.

Hearings Set For Coal Plant On Navajo Reservation

November 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled five public hearings on proposals to control emissions from a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation. The hearings are set to begin Tuesday in LeChee and Page.

EPA Holds Hearing In Dallas On Power Plant Pollution

November 7, 2013 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from the EPA will sit down in Dallas to hear from the public about reducing carbon pollution from power plants. An EPA report says pollution that contributes to climate change declined 4.5 percent nationwide last year, but Texas still leads in carbon dioxide emissions.

IN Coal Industry Fights EPA Plant Limits

November 7, 2013 12:34 pm | by TOM LOBIANCO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Members of Indiana's coal industry and business community are heading to Chicago this week to fight against new limits on coal-fired plants they say would cost hundreds of jobs across the state.                                                       

Draft Ruling Approves CT Natural Gas Expansion Plan

November 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut regulators issued a draft ruling on Wednesday approving an ambitious, massive plan to expand natural gas service to about 280,000 new customers across the state over the next decade.                                                                    

Natural Gas Gains Squeeze Family-Run Oil Companies

November 7, 2013 12:25 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Members of family-owned Tracey Energy Services show how oil dealerships once expanded with a growing suburban population, but now the industry faces a boom in cheaper natural gas, on top of a more than 50 percent drop in the number of homes heated by oil.

SD Delays Uranium Mine Hearing

November 6, 2013 12:57 pm | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

LA Company To Build Galvanizing Plant In Tangipahoa Parish

November 6, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

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.

Fire Shuts Down PA Nuclear Plant Reactor

November 6, 2013 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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