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$627M In Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Projects Approved

October 6, 2014 10:12 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials approved plans Friday to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $58 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.

Wastewater Spills Into Iowa River

October 3, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say 150,000 gallons of wastewater entered the Cedar River after a power failure at a treatment plant in Cedar Falls.                                    

Packaged Scrubber System

October 3, 2014 10:01 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Bionomic Industries, Inc. has announced their expanded line of ScrubPac™ VentClean Systems, specifically designed to scrub storage tank and railcar vent emissions.

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Baker Hughes Disclosing Fracking Chemicals

October 2, 2014 10:24 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The drilling services company Baker Hughes implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations.                                  

GE To Study Hudson Shore For PCBs

October 2, 2014 10:15 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric has agreed to do a comprehensive study of PCB contamination of the upper Hudson River shoreline along the 40-mile stretch of river north of Albany where it has been dredging contaminated sediments under a Superfund cleanup project since 2009.

Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

October 1, 2014 11:00 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton-based Epcor will ...          

A Look At CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

October 1, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is ...

Dominion Natural Gas Exports Plan Gets Federal OK

September 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project, as approved with conditions, would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment.                      

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California Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

The legislation will prohibit large grocery stores from carrying single-use bags starting in July 2015, expanding to smaller stores the year after.                             

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Turning Waste Into Energy: From Manure To Smoke

September 25, 2014 2:52 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Earlier this year, MagneGas Corporation, a technology company that counts among its inventions a technology that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, unveiled its mobile liquid biomass solution. Chem.Info sat down with CEO Ermanno Santilli to talk about how "shooting lightning into a liquid" can turn manure, waste oil and even coal smoke into energy.

North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 10:01 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.                           

Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 4:08 pm | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                            

Treated Fracking Water Produces Potentially Harmful Compounds

September 24, 2014 3:26 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy.                                 

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Solar Energy Could Revolutionize Oil Sands Tailings Reclamation

September 24, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry.

New Solutions Needed To Recycle Fracking Water

September 24, 2014 2:51 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University scientists have performed a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it.                

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.

Judge Hears Oil Spill Cleanup Workers' Claims

September 24, 2014 10:33 am | by JANET MCCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases was set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013.

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.

Duke Energy Will Close SC Coal Ash Pits

September 24, 2014 10:18 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River.                                   

Low Pressure Blowers For The Wastewater Industry

September 23, 2014 5:19 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Atlas Copco Compressors | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Copco Compressors will showcase its range of low pressure blowers for the wastewater industry at the 2014 Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

Researchers Develop Self-Sustaining Wastewater Treatment System

September 23, 2014 10:46 am | by Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, Washington State University | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas.                                   

Setting A New Course On Climate Change

September 23, 2014 10:22 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is challenging more than 100 world leaders at a climate summit to set a new course for a warming world and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases.                                       

Mexico Warns Arizona About River Spill

September 23, 2014 10:17 am | by ASTRID GALVAN, BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.                            

Inside London's Massive Sewer Tunnel Project

September 22, 2014 4:37 pm | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Billions of dollars are being spent on a massive super sewer to take away London's vast output of waste, which is endangering the River Thames.                                          

Years After Disaster, Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

September 22, 2014 3:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Three and a half years later after an earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear disaster in Japan, inspectors have cleared two reactors to go back online, CBS News reports...                              

Residual Fracking Water Not A Risk To Groundwater

September 22, 2014 12:15 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

Hydraulic fracturing raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.

China, U.S., India Push World Carbon Emissions Up

September 22, 2014 10:50 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.                

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