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"All-Of-The-Above" Energy Plans Reveal Contrasts

August 4, 2014 10:40 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's U.S. House candidates claim to offer "all-of-the-above" solutions to the nation's energy problems— a familiar mantra among politicians keen to give equal attention to fossil fuels and renewables such as wind and solar. Yet stark differences in the details of their proposals reveal a wide divide.

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

Coal Struggle Endures With WV Miner Layoffs

August 4, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Alpha partly laid blame on EPA regulation for layoff plans, it set off a chain reaction of political finger-pointing in West Virginia. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state's fears over EPA rules became reality. Several GOP congressional candidates heightened attacks against Democratic foes for being on the same side as Obama.

Toxins Contaminate Toledo's Water

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toxins, possibly from algae on Lake Erie, fouled the water supply of the state's fourth-largest city Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water.

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Controversy Erupts Over Nigerian Oil Cleanup

August 4, 2014 10:26 am | by MARAM MAZEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.                                      

At sites across the country, coal ash dumped decades ago is dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products. In Wisconsin, for example, the utility We Energies is recycling ash for use in an interstate construction project.

TVA To Pay Coal Ash Victims $27.8M

August 4, 2014 10:24 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge that drew national attention to coal ash and its toxic contaminants.

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 Asks Supreme Court To Hear Settlement Appeal

August 4, 2014 10:02 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out part of its settlement of claims for damage from its enormous oil spill in 2010 — a section saying businesses don't have to prove that the spill directly harmed them to be eligible for payment, only that they lost money afterward and recovered in 2011.

DNR Orders Frack Sand Mine To Cease Operations

July 31, 2014 1:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered a southeastern Minnesota frack sand mine to stop operating.                                    

Protesters Rally Against Gas Pipeline

July 31, 2014 1:18 pm | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of expanding a natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts rallied on Boston Common on Wednesday, asking Gov. Deval Patrick to rescind his support for a new tax on New Englanders' electricity bills to help subsidize it.

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Winemakers Whine About Gas Storage

July 31, 2014 1:16 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers and other business owners asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake, saying the projects would bring heavy industry, more truck traffic and an unacceptable risk of catastrophic accidents to a region that thrives on tourism.

ADM Settles EPA Allegations

July 30, 2014 4:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at oil storage facilities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.                        

Tri-State Coal Interests Rally Before Hearings

July 30, 2014 4:20 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.  

Clean Air Criticism Flies From Both Sides

July 29, 2014 4:30 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.                         

Severstal Faces Emissions Fines

July 29, 2014 3:26 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.                    

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Hundreds Line Up To Discuss EPA Carbon Rules

July 29, 2014 10:00 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver.                                  

Closing The Largest Coal Plant In The West

July 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

Industrial Fire Cleanup Could Take Months

July 28, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cleanup efforts continue at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota. The EPA On-Scene Coordinator said it would not surprise him if it took two months to clean up the site in Williston, though workers are hoping it will be quicker.

Obama Sends Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 10:20 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.              

Oil Company Sues Utah County Over Pipeline Rules

July 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas oil company is suing a Utah county over its new ordinances imposing restrictions on underground pipelines.                                        

What You Need To Know About Global Coal Trade

July 28, 2014 10:16 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

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

Countdown To GHS: From MSDS To SDS Format

July 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With less than a year left in the countdown to GHS Hazard Communication Standard compliance, companies will soon be in the throes of converting from the MSDS format to the SDS format, if they aren't already. Chem.Info sat down with Paul Burgess, an expert on the Hazard Communication Standard, to talk about what chemical manufacturers need to consider now that the deadline is approaching.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Turning Non-Recycled Plastics Into Fuel

July 25, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Videos | Comments

By telling the story of what can happen to everyday plastics after we use them, this video was designed to help policymakers, regulators, waste management professionals and other thought leaders see the vast potential of used plastics -- to be reused in new products from recycling, or tapped as a source of domestic energy.

Oil Train Derails In Seattle

July 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard, but it alarmed environmentalists.                                      

Air Quality Deemed Safe After Oil Supply Plant Fire

July 23, 2014 4:51 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," according to North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair.                            

Flaws Found In Gas Drilling Regulation

July 22, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's state auditor general released a performance audit report saying the Department of Environmental Protection lacks a clear policy on the timeliness and frequency of inspections of the thousands of wells and does not routinely verify information the industry provides about waste disposal.

Opponents Petition To Halt Vermont Pipeline Construction

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction halted while state regulators review a recent 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate.                              

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