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NV Energy To Close Coal Power Plants

May 2, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NV Energy is planning to close three of its Reid Gardner coal-fired power plants this year and completely end the use of coal power plants by 2019.                            

Get The Facts On The Virginia Train Derailment

May 2, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Lynchburg train derailment and fire comes amid a surge in domestic oil drilling that has prompted oil companies to move increasing amounts of crude by rail over the past several years.                     

Coal Operator Sues Obama Administration Over Dust

May 2, 2014 10:33 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the Obama administration, claiming that new federal regulations to cut the amount of coal dust in coal mines are overly burdensome and costly to industry.                        

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Mistakes Plague EPA Dissent Case

May 1, 2014 11:00 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court opinions are rarely susceptible to the kind of fact-checking that reporters usually employ on politics. But Justice Antonin Scalia's hearty dissent in an environmental case this week contained such a glaring error of fact — misreporting an earlier case in which Scalia himself wrote the majority opinion — that the justice changed the opinion. 

Oil Tankers Derail Into Virginia River

May 1, 2014 10:30 am | by ALAN SUDERMAN, MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia state officials are still trying to figure out the environmental impact of a train derailment that plunged three oil-carrying tanker cars into the James River.                            

New Legislation Strips Chemical Regulating Power From States

April 30, 2014 11:14 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to create national standards for regulating chemicals has generated opposition from some states, who fear the bill would curtail their authority to take action against chemicals they deem harmful.                 

Crude Facility Fears Aired

April 30, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wolverine Terminals Corp. officials have sought to reassure worried St. James Parish residents that its plans for a crude oil facility in Paulina will be safe and do not pose a threat.                   

Testing EPA Power On The Chesapeake

April 29, 2014 10:44 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A case before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia asks whether the Environmental Protection Agency went too far in negotiating a 2010 agreement that sets pollution limits on the nation's largest estuary.           

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ND Approves Oil Spill Restoration Plan

April 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Dakota Department of Health has approved plans to restore land damaged last fall by a pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil across a northwestern wheat field.                             

DOE Welcomes Fracking Chemical Disclosure

April 28, 2014 10:27 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn't committing to such disclosure.

Protesters Target Russian Oil Tanker

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenpeace International is sending out a ship to protest a tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam.                          

North Dakota Finds More Radioactive Waste

April 25, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BURBACH | News | Comments

North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount of radioactive material originally estimated to be there.

Protesters Occupy Oilfield

April 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru's biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from spilled crude.                                  

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2 Week Cool-Down For Sriracha

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

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                          

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

The Challenge Of Energy Consumption Control

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In a time when both regulations and money are tight, companies can't afford not to keep track of their energy consumption. Chem.Info sat down with Kevin Price, an EAM Product Director at Infor, to talk about some solutions to the challenges posed by maintaining energy usage sustainability.

GMO Crop Controversy Heats Up In Hawaii

April 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Court Rejects Exxon Mobil's Appeal

April 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined to disturb a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil for contaminating New York City's groundwater.                                 

Corn Waste Fuel Not A Cleaner Alternative

April 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

Unions Back Fracking Boom

April 21, 2014 11:26 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

Time Runs Out For Illegal Gold Miners

April 21, 2014 11:13 am | by FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

Closed Aluminum Plant A Likely Superfund Site

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pollution at the closed Columbia Falls aluminum plant qualifies it as a Superfund site, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants the public's support before moving with the cleanup process.                        

WV Expands Tourism Campaign After Chemical Spill

April 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days.                           

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

ND May Challenge New Coal Emission Standards

April 17, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.                           

FEMA & WV To Cover Chemical Spill Cleanup Costs

April 17, 2014 10:13 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public agencies and nonprofits that helped after a Jan. 9 chemical leak into the water supply could receive $2 million in reimbursements for their emergency work, a West Virginia homeland security official said.                        

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