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Engineering American Energy Independence

September 20, 2013 9:07 am | by Bill Kerney, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump.

Deal Opens Wyoming Grouse Habitat To Oil Drilling

September 19, 2013 10:55 am | by Mead Gruver, AP | News | Comments

A deal between Chesapeake Energy and the Wyoming governor's office would guide drilling of potentially hundreds of oil wells in a vast area of designated sage grouse habitat in east-central Wyoming. The agreement allows the state to accommodate drilling while sticking with its strategy to keep the birds off the federal endangered species list.

Judge To Review Halliburton's Gulf Deal

September 19, 2013 10:31 am | by Micheal Kunzelman, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge is set to decide whether to approve a plea agreement that calls for Halliburton Energy Services to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. District Judge can either accept or reject the company's deal with the Justice Department.


Japan's PM Wants Fukushima Completely Scrapped

September 19, 2013 10:17 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country's crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just the four already slated for decommissioning. He also told TEPCO officials to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like radioactive water leaks.

Cooler Temps Stalls Key Climate Report

September 19, 2013 10:03 am | by Karl Ritter, AP | News | Comments

Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years, even as greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. There are concerns among governments over how to address the issue.

Energy Logger for Electrical Energy Waste

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduces the 1730 Three-Phase Energy Logger, an intuitive, easy-to-use tool with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities.

Ductless Chemical Fume Hood

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mystaire is pleased to announce the release of Aura ductless chemical fume hoods.

Source: Japan Nuke Situation 'Not Under Control'

September 19, 2013 9:11 am | by Euronews | Videos | Comments

A senior official from Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs Japan's troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, recently told reporters that the safety situation at the facility was "not under control," though the company quickly released a statement saying otherwise.


Colorado Floods Could Bring Recharged Soil

September 18, 2013 12:46 pm | by Ivan Moreno & Manuel Valdes, AP | News | Comments

Surging waters in Colorado swept away barns, silos and fences and left houses covered in mud. The flood waters were so powerful they uprooted irrigation pipes and spread them around the fields, leaving lakes next to which cattle now graze. They also brought instant relief to drought-hardened areas, with the promise of moisture restored in deep soils and the possibility of reservoirs refilling to help farmers well into next year.

Budget Cuts Could Impact BP Settlement

September 18, 2013 12:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses has asked a federal judge to reject BP's bid to slash his office's budget by at least $25.5 million. BP attorneys complained in a court filing last week that the agency's operating expense request is excessive and shouldn't be approved.

Former EPA Head Discusses Keystone XL

September 18, 2013 9:12 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Christine Todd Whitman, the former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator appointed by former President George W. Bush, discusses the ongoing fight over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project and its possible future.

13 Arrested in Protest of Keystone XL Pipeline

September 17, 2013 11:49 am | News | Comments

Thirteen people were arrested during a protest in downtown Houston in front of the offices of the company that is building the Keystone XL pipeline. Those arrested Monday were part of a group of protesters outside the Houston office of TransCanada Corp.

AFL-CIO Pushes for Pollution Waiver for Ill. Plants

September 17, 2013 11:40 am | News | Comments

A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.


Shipper Will Pay for Hawaii Molasses Spill Cleanup

September 17, 2013 11:37 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of, Matson Navigation Co., the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers.

UT Puts Fracking Research Plan on Hold

September 16, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

The University of Tennessee's Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center has momentarily shelved its plan to conduct fracking research at the Cumberland River Research Forest after no oil and gas companies bid on the project.  

U.S. Judge Upholds EPA's Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

September 16, 2013 10:42 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge rejected a bid by farm industry groups to block federal and state pollution limits designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by more tightly regulating wastewater treatment, construction along waterways and agricultural runoff.

Morrell Meat Processing Plant Pollution Controls to Be Evaluated

September 16, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

State officials are optimistic that an inspection later this month will show that upgrades and conservation measures are helping fix water quality issues at the John Morrell & Co. meat processing plant in Sioux Falls. The plant has spent $10 million on upgrades after being cited for numerous wastewater violations.

New U.S. Rules on Coal Emissions Due This Week

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

The coal industry is bracing for new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants fired by coal. The rules are expected to emerge by week's end from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to media reports. 

Ex-U.S. Regulator: Fukushima Cleanup Complicated

September 13, 2013 10:55 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lake Barrett, a former U.S. nuclear regulator, says cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s wrecked Fukushima plant is a bigger challenge than the work he led at Three Mile Island and that ongoing radioactive water leaks are a minor part of that task.

LA County: Free Lead Tests for People Near Plant

September 13, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to offer free blood tests for lead poisoning to hundreds of thousands of residents because of worries over toxic pollution from a battery recycling plant, officials said Thursday.

BP Seeks Cuts in Settlement Program's Budget

September 12, 2013 11:50 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.  

Hawaii Molasses Spill Killing Thousands of Fish

September 12, 2013 11:38 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fish are expected to die in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbor and kill marine life, state officials said. Hundreds of fish have been collected so far, the state Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday.

NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules

September 11, 2013 11:34 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission on Tuesday approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.

Contracting Issues Delay Alaskan Oil Well Cleanup

September 11, 2013 11:32 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contracting issues have delayed the start of planned cleanup work around abandoned oil well sites in the Alaska Arctic, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday. The bureau has identified 50 abandoned wells it believes require cleanup.

Pa. Files Criminal Charges Against XTO Energy

September 11, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County. XTO says Tuesday that it will challenge the criminal charges, which the company calls baseless.

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