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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.                      

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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.

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.                          

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.                      

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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.

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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.

Oil Train Data Reveals Heavy Traffic

June 25, 2014 10:20 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.                 

Justices Rap EPA, But Uphold Global Warming Rules

June 24, 2014 10:32 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court largely left intact the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

Oklahoma Attorney General Praises Court's Limits On EPA

June 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits the Environmental Protection Agency's program to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.               

Pipeline Eruption Causes Concern

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas health officials on Monday were at the site of natural gas pipeline eruption in eastern Kansas, where crops and trees have withered since a dark, oily plume burst from the line while crews were trying to perform maintenance.                

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.

The Elk River Chemical Spill: A Preventive Maintenance Cautionary Tale

June 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Mumford, Manager Plus | Blogs | Comments

When a tank leaked 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical into West Virginia's Elk River, Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy within days. In the aftermath of the incident, representatives from a range of industries signed a letter to West Virginia’s government calling for increased regulation and stronger enforcement.

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Fishermen Reject Shell's $50M Oil Spill Payout

June 23, 2014 10:58 am | by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said after winning a landmark court ruling.                  

7,500 Gallons Of Oil Spill Into The Colorado River

June 23, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream, but apparently not affecting any drinking water, state officials said Friday.

8 Arrested At Coal Company Headquarters

June 23, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight people protesting mountaintop removal coal mining were arrested outside Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.                                    

Fracking In A National Park

June 23, 2014 10:48 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, the resurgent American oil industry is tapping into this rugged landscape, so the vistas that soothed Roosevelt's grief and helped instill his zeal for conservation now include oil rigs and flares used to burn off natural gas that comes to the surface. 

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