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Closed-Door Meeting Covers Carolina Coastal Drilling

November 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Michael Biesecker, AP | News | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast. A coalition of environmental groups were not allowed inside the meeting.

Showdown Looms As California Mandates Pesticides For Organic Growers

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year - $35 billion annually - producers are challenging a proposed California program with a pesticide-heavy approach, including the spraying of organic crops in order to fight a pest that has cost other states billions of dollars.

Shell Takes On New Mexico County Over Country's First Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

Attorneys for SWEPI, a subsidiary of Shell, said the measure effectively destroyed the value of the company's $1 million drilling leases. Mora County wants a trial so it can present evidence on why the commission adopted the ordinance - to protect its land and water.

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Despite Concerns, Stronger Regs Lead To Restarting Japanese Reactor

November 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

On the same day three workers were injured at the most notorious nuclear reactor on the planet, approval was given by the Japanese government to restart a reactor in the country for the first time since the Fukushima meltdown. Proponents point to stronger regulatory action, but local concern persists.

Troops Describe Chemical Weapon Exposure

November 7, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, including degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s that had been hidden or used in makeshift bombs. The initial report disclosed injuries by sarin or sulfur mustard agents.

Texas Voters Say No To Fracking - Energy Group Goes To Court

November 6, 2014 11:49 am | by Emily Schmall, AP | News | Comments

A North Texas city that sits atop a natural gas reserve is preparing for an extended court battle after voters made it the first in the state to ban further hydraulic fracturing. An industry group and the state's little-known but powerful General Land Office responded by seeking an injunction to stop it from being enforced. Battling the fracking ban will be Texas Land Commissioner-elect George P. Bush.

Colder Winter Leads To Higher CO2 Emissions Forecast

November 5, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

Energy-related CO2 emissions can be driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix, but weather fluctuations that drive the level of energy used for both heating and cooling is also a significant factor affecting variations in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting emissions.

California Counties Take Fracking To The Booth

November 2, 2014 8:31 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

Chevron, ExxonMobil and other oil companies have donated about $7 million to try to defeat the fracking bans. These measures would ban not only fracking but one of the most commonly used drilling methods in the state - steam injection. None of the three counties currently are known to host onshore fracking, which has led some to argue that the vote is no more necessary than banning ice-fishing.

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Feds Release Arctic Drilling Review

November 2, 2014 8:25 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency acknowledges that there is a 75 percent chance that one or more large oil spills of 42,000 gallons or more could occur if leases are developed. A supplemental review assumes an extraction of 4.3 billion barrels over the life of the leases.

Oil Company Lawsuit Bill Deemed Unconstitutional

November 2, 2014 8:20 pm | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

Judge Janice Clark's decision came a day after two of the smaller players in the suit agreed to a settlement with the New Orleans-area board, which entailed a $50,000 payment for the two Texas companies.                                      

Fracking Ban On The Ballot In North Texas

November 2, 2014 8:15 pm | by Emily Schmall, AP | News | Comments

Scores of cities in other states have considered similar bans over health and environmental concerns. But the proposal in Denton is a litmus test on whether any community in Texas — the nation's biggest oil and gas producer — can rebuff the industry and still thrive.

Mine Project Splits Alaskan Industries

November 2, 2014 8:09 pm | by Nicholas Riccardi, AP | News | Comments

The Pebble Mine project that is on Tuesday's ballot embodies the paradoxes of Alaska politics, starting with the unlikely trio of conservatives who put the issue on the map about seven years ago.                                           

HEPA Level Filtering

October 31, 2014 1:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tri-Flow Compact filters delivers HEPA level performance with a MERV 16 rating and are a higher-performing alternative to bag, cartridge and pocket filters.

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Columbia Coal Mine Collapses - Trapping Miners

October 31, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

A specialized mine rescue team, as well as other searchers, are working at the scene. Antioquia Gov. Sergio Fajardo says it is likely to take three days to reach the men in a "very complicated" rescue operation.             

Judge Hears NC Challenge To Alcoa's Rights To Dams

October 29, 2014 10:58 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

A dispute between North Carolina officials and Alcoa Inc. over the right to control the water and electricity coming from the state's second-largest river system was set to go before a federal judge Wednesday.       

WVa Plans To Protect Water Supplies Face Fiscal Woes

October 28, 2014 11:05 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's almost no money reserved to help utilities pay for plans to protect water supplies under a new law, a West Virginia panel said Monday.                  

New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 24, 2014 10:20 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Polling data released by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a dollar more for energy in exchange for these new rules.

EU Reaches Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 24, 2014 10:13 am | by MIKE CORDER, MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.                                                       

Mystery Powder Halts Work At Honda Plant

October 23, 2014 3:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                                       

New Policymaking Tool For Shift Toward Renewable Energy

October 23, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. 

Manchin, White House Form Unlikely Energy Alliance

October 23, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who once expressed his disdain for a cap-and-trade bill by literally shooting it, furthered an unlikely energy alliance with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse by hopping on a Blackhawk chopper in coal-centric West Virginia on Wednesday.

Coal-Rich Poland Ready To Block EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 10:30 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.

Spray Scrubbers

October 23, 2014 9:31 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Bionomic Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bionomic Industries, Inc. has announced the availability of their new high performance Series 9000 Preformed Spray Scrubber. 

Court Rejects Pollution Petition

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution.                         

Leaking North Dakota Oil Well Contained

October 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota oil regulators say a well that leaked oil, gas and brine for more than two days has been brought under control.                                          

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