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New Rules Take Effect For North Dakota Crude Oil Shipments

April 1, 2015 4:46 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Following a spate of explosive accidents involving North Dakota crude, the state began requiring companies on Wednesday to remove certain liquids and gases from oil before it's loaded onto rail cars — a move industry and state regulators believe will make for safer shipments.

ND to Join Wyoming Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 1, 2015 10:43 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said...

Agency Affirms Revised Review of Chukchi Sea Petroleum Lease

April 1, 2015 10:29 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental...

Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry

April 1, 2015 9:52 am | by VICE News | Videos | Comments

VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more...

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Monsanto Donates $4M to Effort to Save Monarch Butterflies

April 1, 2015 9:24 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.

Freedom Industries, State Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

March 31, 2015 3:17 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit cleanup reports and work plans to the DEP.

New Leadership to Take Over Embattled Chemical Safety Board

March 31, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Obama previously nominated Vanessa Sutherland, chief counsel for the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to succeed Moure-Eraso. That transition, however, will move up by three months following a slew of controversies under Moure-Eraso's watch.  

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Va. Board OKs $361,000 Fine Against CSX For 2014 Derailment

March 31, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSX also agreed to complete restoration of the river bank in the area of the derailment and monitor the river for any long-term environmental impacts from the incident.

US to Pledge up to 28 Percent Emission Cut in Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Regulators Plan to Drop Case at Closed California Nuke Plant

March 30, 2015 4:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant was shut down in January 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of virtually new generator tubes.

Northeast, Despite Highest Gas Costs, Resists More Pipelines

March 30, 2015 4:21 pm | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 28, 2015 4:11 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

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Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Green Money

March 28, 2015 4:03 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity.

Toxic Emissions in Virginia Increase 10 Percent in 2013

March 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of declines, the report shows factories, power plants and other operations released about 36 million pounds of potentially dangerous chemicals in 2013.

Exxon Unit Asks For Exception to North Dakota Gas Flare Rule

March 28, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's Oil and Gas Division heard the request from XTO Energy this week in which the company argues it has nowhere to take its gas. 

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 28, 2015 3:28 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

Santorum: Obama Opposition to Fossil Fuels "Quasi-Religious"

March 26, 2015 10:29 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Santorum criticized the Obama administration's regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

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Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants

March 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Karl Ritter & Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press | News | Comments

In December Japan counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance.

Feds Say Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals at Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:47 pm | by Keith Ridler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its phosphate plant in Soda Springs, Idaho.

Lawmakers Unhappy with New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, AP | News | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Michigan State University reported electric vehicles only emit about one-fifth the heat of conventional gas-powered vehicles. In areas with heavy traffic, scientists argued reducing heat emissions from cars could also lead to residents using less air conditioning.

Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Starlings in Nevada

March 24, 2015 3:33 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

Worker Safety Still Plagues US Oil Refineries

March 23, 2015 5:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 23, 2015 5:34 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill Monday that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

California First to Feel Hydro-Power Crunch of Drought

March 23, 2015 5:31 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite the state's ambitious clean-air goals, officials are turning to dirtier, more costly fossil-fuel plants to fill some of the power gap.

Train Derailments in Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Texas, the cars derailed Saturday evening near Valley Mills, a town about 25 miles northwest of Waco. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said that about four homes were evacuated.

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry groups hammered the proposal; the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming in hopes of blocking the rules.

Regulators Seek Information From Company on Mine Proposal

March 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Popular Weed Killer Deemed "Probable Carcinogen" by UN

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk.

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