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Lightning Causes Explosion, Fire & Oil Spill

July 9, 2014 11:09 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lightning strike sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky and leaving the smell of oil in the air.                            

Global Plan To Cut Emissions - U.S. Vs China

July 9, 2014 10:53 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.                       

Mississippi Regulators Seek Input To Fight Carbon Emission Rules

July 9, 2014 10:45 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi's power plants.                          

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Court To Reexamine BP Disaster Deaths

July 9, 2014 10:43 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors tried Tuesday to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Maine Takes Another Swing At Banning The Shipment Of Tar Sands

July 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The city council is expecting another large turnout when it takes up a proposed ordinance that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil onto ships.                               

Missouri Governor Signs Carbon Emissions Bill

July 8, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing Missouri regulators to develop their own standards for carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.                          

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Freedom Industries Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 10:39 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                               

New EPA Rule Won't Affect Power Plants

July 7, 2014 10:35 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

None of Kentucky's coal-fired power plants will close because of new emission standards released last month by the Environmental Protection Agency, a state official told lawmakers.                         

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Coal & Gas Waste Treatment Plant Closes

July 7, 2014 10:33 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that treated wastewater from coal mines and gas drilling operations near Pittsburgh has closed and state officials are scrambling to clean up a mess that's still there.                 

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:26 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

Tapping Shale Oil & Gas Through Sustainable Water Management

July 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Dow Water & Process Solutions | Articles | Comments

Check out this infographic on tapping into an abundant energy source through sustainable water management.                                                        

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Group Threatens To Sue Duke Energy

July 1, 2014 4:00 pm | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at three plants along North Carolina rivers.                      

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Ex-BP Exec Can Be Tried On Obstruction Charge

July 1, 2014 10:59 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling Monday.                          

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Fracking Study Finds New Wells Leak More

July 1, 2014 10:28 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.                             

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

July 1, 2014 1:00 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

With a variety of automated Environmental Management Information Systems to track and report environmental, health and safety compliance, it’s surprising that many companies are using manual programs. Why are companies accepting liability associated with these archaic programs and what can they do to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?

Supreme Court Won't Hear Fuel Standard Dispute

June 30, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                          

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

BP Seeks Restitution For Overpayments

June 30, 2014 11:02 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants a federal judge to order restitution — plus interest — of what it says are hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments to some businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                      

Process Control Building

June 30, 2014 9:48 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Principal Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Principal Technology, Inc.’s Modular Process Control Buildings are a flexible solution for providing process automation and control as well as power distribution to remote industrial sites, petrochemical plants or oil and gas processing facilities in one structure. 

EPA Can't Find Alaskan Mine Records

June 26, 2014 10:27 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency said it can't find emails from a former biologist who was evaluating the impact of a large gold and copper mine proposed in southwest Alaska.                       

North Dakota Discloses Oil Train Details

June 26, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, with most shipments going through the state's most populous county.                             

Coal Ash Plan Clears North Carolina Senate

June 26, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate legislation requiring Duke Energy to close its North Carolina coal ash pits within 15 years is now heading to the state House.                                   

States Confront Worries About Fracking & Earthquakes

June 25, 2014 4:41 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, KRISTI EATON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, earthquakes have become commonplace in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most were too weak to cause serious damage, but they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to oil and gas fracking, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.

CEC 2015 Engineering Buyers Guide

June 25, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chem.Info | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to view the CEC2015 Engineering Buyers' Guide, the technology resource for processing professionals.

Lawmakers Urge A Block Of The Chesapeake Cleanup

June 25, 2014 10:55 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab.                     

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

North Carolina Approves Closure Of Coal Ash Dumps

June 25, 2014 10:41 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The unanimous vote came about four months after a massive spill from a Duke plant in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge. The measure requires Duke to place ash from dumps at four of its plants into lined landfills or sell it for reuse by the construction industry within five years.

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