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Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Set to Resume Tuesday

March 28, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will continue presenting its defense next week at a trial over the deadly catastrophe. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard testimony Wednesday by a Halliburton employee who was a cementing engineer for the company and visited the Deepwater Horizon rig before BP's well blowout.

Testimony Ends in Marathon Exxon Trial

March 28, 2013 9:44 am | by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Testimony ended Wednesday in the longest state trial in New Hampshire's history, and jurors will begin deliberating next week over whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay the state hundreds of millions of dollars to monitor and treat private wells and public drinking supplies contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.

State Bill Banning Fracking Waste Moves Forward

March 28, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

A bill attempting to address concerns about waste from hydraulic fracturing from being stored or disposed of in Connecticut is moving its way through the General Assembly.The legislature's Environment Committee voted 20-8 on Wednesday to forward legislation banning the possession or storage of fracking waste to the House of Representatives.


Goodrich Settles with EPA over Water Supply Contamination

March 27, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement worth at least $21.5 million with aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp. that will require the company to clean up a Southern California industrial site where chemicals contaminated the water supply.

Japan to Launch First Fukushima Investigation

March 27, 2013 10:02 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese government regulators said Wednesday that for the first time they will conduct their own investigation into the country's nuclear crisis to address key unanswered questions.The Nuclear Regulation Authority said its investigation into the disaster at the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear plant will be conducted by a panel of outside experts.

BP's Cement Contractor Denies Destroying Evidence

March 27, 2013 9:58 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 said Tuesday that its recent discovery of missing cement samples was the result of a "simple misunderstanding," not an attempt to withhold crucial evidence.

Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Business Connections for Obama's Energy Pick

March 26, 2013 2:04 pm | by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | News | Comments

Ernest Moniz, President Obama's nominee for energy secretary, is a strong supporter of Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy — one that embraces, fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy sources. His ties to the energy industry are numerous.

Peru Declares Amazon Oil Contamination Emergency

March 26, 2013 10:48 am | by CARLA SALAZAR & FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peru's government declared an environmental state of emergency on Monday in a remote Amazon jungle region it says has been affected by years of contamination at the country's most productive oil fields, which are currently operated by Argentina-based Pluspetrol.


Meeting of Md. Panel Studying Drilling Practices Postponed

March 25, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

State officials have postponed a meeting of a panel studying natural gas drilling plans in western Maryland. The panel was to have met Monday in Cumberland to discuss drilling practices employed elsewhere. The meeting was postponed because of predictions of bad weather.

Despite Bill, Uncertainty About Wis. Mining Remains

March 25, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

Although Gov. Scott Walker has signed a mining bill aimed at encouraging construction of an iron mine in northern Wisconsin, there's still uncertainty about the future of mining in the state. And looking to neighboring states for perspective doesn't clear things up very much.

Sierra Club Blasts New Plan to Improve Fracking

March 22, 2013 3:36 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for fracking. The criticism Thursday came a day after two of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies made peace with some national and regional environmental groups, agreeing to go through an independent review of their shale oil and gas drilling operations in the Northeast.

Syringe Pumps with Touchscreens

March 20, 2013 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cole-Parmer introduces three new syringe pumps with touchscreen technology, allowing users to quickly recall previous configurations or create new ones.

Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 2

March 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by JIM LANE, Editor, Biofuels Digest | Blogs | Comments

Productivity and power are linked — the lesson of history not lost on the Soviets. For when their productivity fell — so too did their fall from power hasten and hurry. To avoid this fate, the Communists bet their collective and collectivist society on single-celled yeasts and algae.


Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 1

March 20, 2013 12:38 pm | Blogs | Comments

Those darn little one-celled freedom fighters. Making themselves unpalatable to cattle — is it really possible that they brought down the old regime and ended the Cold War?  

Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

March 19, 2013 6:45 am | by PATRICK T. COPPS, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

The push to use environmentally friendly methods in plant operations, including pest management, continues to gain traction. Conservation and recycling efforts now play a major part in our daily lives, whether at home, at work or at another public place. But what about your facility?

Five Ideal Participants for Demand Response

March 14, 2013 12:37 pm | Blogs | Comments

Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand.

Reduce Your Facility’s Dust Levels

March 14, 2013 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Airflow Systems Inc.’s PCH series of portable dust collection systems provides source-point collection of airborne contaminants and prevents contaminants from migrating throughout the facility to settle on equipment and fixtures.

Array Fracking Extracts Oil Safely Effectively

March 13, 2013 5:11 am | Blogs | Comments

It looks like we may have more available oil than we thought, thanks to a new procedure called array fracking . What does that mean? It means that the oil boys are drilling the oil holes closer together.

Plastic Could Be Made from Shrimp

March 8, 2013 10:20 am | by the European Research Media Center, | Articles | Comments

Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.  

EXPLORING ENERGY: Q&A: The Solar Advantage

March 8, 2013 4:33 am | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info’s   monthly Exploring Energy feature provides readers with a chance to familiarize themselves with energy technologies and processes, both new and old. In this installment, we explore solar power.

Scratch Resistance for Demanding Coatings Applications

March 7, 2013 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer USA, LLC offers CN9062, a liquid high-functionality oligomer that brings significant scratch resistance to demanding coatings applications.

Pine Sap Makes 'Ever-Green' Plastics

February 28, 2013 8:44 am | by Univ. of South Carolina | Articles | Comments

Chuanbing Tang is developing new plastics that are “green” from the cradle to the grave. Given that the new polymers he’s working on often come from pine trees, firs and other conifers, he’s giving the word “evergreen” added resonance.

EPA Rules on Cadmium Exposure Raise Liability Risk

February 26, 2013 6:49 am | by Michael Gruver, Lawyer, Kaye Scholer and Glenn Pogust, Partner, Kaye Scholer | Articles | Comments

In December 2012, the EPA announced new standards for the reporting of safety data related to cadmium exposure. The new requirements apply to manufacturers of products that contain cadmium in any component part.

Three Ways to Automate Conventional Storage Functions

February 25, 2013 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic introduces a set of warehouse solutions for high-density pallet storage, engineered to support production and distribution operations that need an effective way to receive, store and ship full or mixed case pallet loads.

The End of the Shale Era, Part 2

February 25, 2013 9:21 am | Blogs | Comments

For the smaller juniors, this is not a long-term game and blowing all your capital to drill a single unconventional well in a risky frontier won't pay off. Canada still has plenty to offer for juniors.

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