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Utah Looks to Industry for Pollution Cuts

August 8, 2013 10:40 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators struggling to comply with federal clean-air standards said Wednesday they were likely to require major polluters to upgrade emissions controls, but that the effort may not be enough to deal with Utah's most serious episodes of air pollution.

BP Ordered to Pay Settlement Administrator $130M

August 8, 2013 10:38 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbie on Wednesday ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

Power Outage Causes Wastewater Discharge

August 8, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

A power outage at a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant is blamed for causing about 3.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into the Mississippi River. The outage occurred Wednesday at the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Waste Can Become Business

August 7, 2013 5:27 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

In the not-too-distant future, the center of gravity of world food demand will move from the U.S and Europe to the increasingly richer consumers in China and India in particular, and smart, lightweight packaging will have a key role in tapping those markets from abroad.

Japan Gov't to Help Stop Radioactive Water Leaks

August 7, 2013 10:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government said Wednesday that it would step in and take "firm measures" to tackle contaminated water leaks at the country's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar project to fix the problem.

Judge Intervenes as BP Balks at Paying Claims Czar

August 7, 2013 10:09 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal magistrate has set a Wednesday hearing for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

BP Balks at Paying Claims Administrator

August 7, 2013 10:02 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is balking at paying more than $130 million in administrative fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the 2010 oil spill, claiming the settlement program has been plagued by poor productivity and excessive costs.

BP Alleges Fraud in Gulf Spill Payouts

August 7, 2013 9:47 am | by Yahoo! Business | Videos | Comments

BP has announced it has found evidence of fraudulent claims in the program set up to manage claims associated with the massive oil spill that resulted from the explosion of the company's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010. The company was fined $29 million and ordered to repay losses seen by business owners impacted by the spill.

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Crews Work to Clear Derailed Train in Louisiana

August 6, 2013 10:17 am | News | Comments

Crews began replacing about 1,800 feet of track on Monday around the site of a derailed train that leaked a corrosive chemical and forced the evacuation of about 100 south Louisiana homes. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday near Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

BP Cites New Fraud Allegations in Spill Settlement

August 6, 2013 10:12 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP said Monday that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents for damage from the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Radioactive Water Threatens Overflow at Failed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

August 6, 2013 10:11 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. The company said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.

Chevron Agrees to Pay $2M in Calif. Refinery Fire

August 6, 2013 9:59 am | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

Review: Texas Leads the Way in Wind Energy

August 5, 2013 11:01 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of people are asking how or if the country can transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy — and ironically Texas is leading the way in actually doing it. In "The Great Texas Wind Rush," Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the strange, inspiring and at times funny story of how a culture known for Big Oil came to embrace Big Wind.

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Energy Giant Slammed for Oil Spill in Thai Sea

August 1, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

Critics on Thursday slammed Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a popular tourist island, as cleanup operations continued for a sixth day. The incident is the company's fourth major oil spill in Thailand.

Obama Understates Keystone XL Jobs

August 1, 2013 10:30 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has revived debate about the number of jobs that would be created by the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Here's a look at some of the president's recent assertions on the pipeline and jobs and how they stack up.

5 Ind. Counties Exceed EPA Pollution Limits

August 1, 2013 10:19 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of five Indiana counties that are home to aging coal-fired power plants are facing limits on new industry now that the federal government has determined those areas don't meet its new, tougher standard for an air pollutant that causes acid rain and aggravates respiratory ailments.

Halliburton to Plead Guilty in Gulf Oil Spill

August 1, 2013 10:16 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge.

NRC Defers Decision on Duke Energy Nuclear Plants

July 31, 2013 3:38 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency has told Duke Energy Corp. a decision on its application to build and operate two nuclear power plants in South Carolina won't be made until 2016, about three years after the previously planned date of March 2013.

W. Va. Residents Sue Over 2012 Pipeline Blast

July 31, 2013 3:35 pm | News | Comments

NiSource and a subsidiary are being sued by several residents of Sissonville, W. Va., over a natural gas pipeline explosion. The residents filed seven separate lawsuits against NiSource, Columbia Gas Transmission and several employees connected to the December 2012 rupture.

EPA: Enbridge Nearly Tripling Oil Spill Dredging

July 31, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Enbridge Inc. will nearly triple the amount of contaminated sediment it dredges in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill, the EPA announced Tuesday. The 30-inch pipeline from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind., spilled in Talmadge Creek, a Kalamazoo River tributary.

North Dakota Oil Patch Company Fined $1.5M

July 31, 2013 10:16 am | News | Comments

After last year's promise of punishment, North Dakota's Industrial Commission on Tuesday levied a record $1.5 million civil fine against an oil and gas company for allegedly endangering a drinking water source for a county in the southwest of the state.

Oil Slick Spreads As Cleanup Continues on Thai Island

July 31, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand has spread to nearby smaller isles, officials said Wednesday, as authorities raced to clean up the island's once-white sands and clear waters. The black tide of crude oil that washed up in Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island on Sunday night has been partly cleaned up.

Fracking: Drilling into Common Myths

July 30, 2013 10:22 am | by Kait Vosswinkel, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

As hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” becomes more common, the industry waits for public understanding of this process to catch up to recent advances in the field. Here, we take a look at four common myths about fracking and drill down to find the truth.

Energy Secretary: Obama Committed to Role for Coal

July 30, 2013 9:53 am | by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy are committed to a role for coal in a national energy strategy, and they've backed it up with research spending, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday. But the administration also believes the U.S. must prepare for a low-carbon economy.

Thai Oil Spill Spreads to New Bay on Resort Island

July 30, 2013 9:46 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers in white suits used buckets to scoop up globs of crude oil blackening the once white sands and emerald waters of a tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea on Tuesday, as the oil slick continued to spread three days after leaking from a nearby pipeline.

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