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EU Seeks Nuclear Power Disaster Plan

November 5, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

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.                                               

PA Reactor Online After ReFueling

November 5, 2013 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                                                

More ND Mineral Owners Join Gas Lawsuits

November 4, 2013 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.


China Opposes WTO Report On Rare Earth Elements

November 1, 2013 12:05 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

$1.8 Million Set Aside For Re-Training Coal Miners

November 1, 2013 11:58 am | News | Comments

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.

Lawsuit Targets New Coal Exporting Facility

November 1, 2013 11:52 am | News | Comments

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.

Weak Refining Results, Higher Costs Halt Profits For Chevron

November 1, 2013 11:46 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP | News | Comments

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.

North Dakota Promises Website For Oil Spill Notifications

November 1, 2013 11:39 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

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.


Plant Could Transition From Zinc Smelting To Petrochemicals

October 31, 2013 12:27 pm | News | Comments

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. 

Anti-Fracking Groups Oppose New York's Gas Plan

October 31, 2013 12:11 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

WVU, OSU Researchers Get $2 Million For Shale Work

October 31, 2013 11:56 am | News | Comments

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.

Shell Prepares For Arctic Offshore Exploration

October 31, 2013 11:47 am | by Dan Joling, AP | News | Comments

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.

OSHA Seeking $700,000 In Fines For Sinclair Oil

October 30, 2013 11:41 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.


Rockwell Makes Oilfield Acquisition

October 30, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

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.

Gas Plant Proposed Near New Shale Site

October 29, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

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.

High Hopes Remain For PA Fracking Plant

October 29, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

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.

New York Creating State Gas Reserve

October 28, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

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.

Bakken Oil Drives Increased Rail Traffic, Potential For Spills

October 28, 2013 12:34 pm | by Phuong Le, AP | News | Comments

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.

Agency Urges Drastic Steps At Fukushima

October 28, 2013 11:53 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

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.

Third Mile Reactor Undergoes Scheduled Shut Down

October 28, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

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.

Greenland Lifts Ban On Uranium Mining

October 25, 2013 11:50 am | by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenland's parliament has agreed to remove a 25-year-old ban on uranium mining, paving the way for an industrial boom that the Arctic island hopes will help it gain independence from former colonial master Denmark.                     

Oil Hovers Above $97/Barrel

October 25, 2013 11:41 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil hovered above $97 a barrel Friday, consolidating mild gains after two weeks of losses sparked by high supplies and patchy global economic growth.                                                                            

Reactor Shut Down At Oconee Nuclear Station

October 25, 2013 11:13 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nuclear power plant in Oconee County, South Carolina had to shut down one of its three reactors after a problem was detected in the water system that helps generate electricity to run the turbines.                                    

A Look At Fukushima Errors

October 25, 2013 10:28 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten mishaps in just eight months at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are raising doubts about the operator's ability to tackle the crisis and prompting concern that another disaster could be in the making. Even more troubling, a typhoon is forcasted to hit the area this weekend.                                

Fossil Fuel Investors Ask For Climate Change Study

October 24, 2013 10:35 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the largest pension funds in the U.S. and the world are worried that major fossil fuel companies may not be as profitable in the future because of efforts to limit climate change, and they want details on how the firms will manage a long-term shift to cleaner energy sources.

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