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Nanoparticle Research Could Enhance Oil Recovery, Tracing Of Fracking Fluid

August 28, 2014 4:03 pm | by Colorado State University | News | Comments

Two Colorado State University researchers are examining how nanoparticles move underground, knowledge that could eventually help improve recovery in oil fields and discover where hydraulic fracking chemicals travel.                    

Future Of 'Big Oil' Suit At Stake

August 28, 2014 3:55 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership...

EPA Report Shows Progress In Reducing Air Pollution

August 28, 2014 10:50 am | by EPA | News | Comments

This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban...

WV PSC Chairman Steps Down From Spill Probe

August 28, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a...

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Remediation Plans Move Forward At WV Ethane Cracker Site

August 26, 2014 3:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators and a company are negotiating an agreement to remediate any environmental issues at the site of a proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said. 

Oilfield Waste Disposal Facility Under Construction

August 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vanguard Environmental has begun construction on the controversial oilfield-waste disposal facility north of downtown Houma, Louisiana.                                    

Toledo Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Resigns After Toxic Contamination

August 26, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.                        

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Cutting Emissions Pays For Itself

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? MIT researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

EPA Takes Comment On Four Corners Plant

August 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a proposed permit for a northwestern New Mexico power plant.                                    

New Pollution Trial Bid Denied

August 25, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Kansas town has lost its latest bid to retry a class-action lawsuit claiming BP of North America should do more to clean up industrial pollution from a refinery that closed in 1970.                      

Thousands Of Coal Protesters Form Human Chain

August 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.                             

Emergency Response Plans Demanded As Part Of Chemical Spill Probe

August 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators ordered a water company under investigation for its chemical spill response to produce emergency plans and information potentially protected by anti-terrorism laws.                     

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Environmental Crime Office Opens In ND

August 25, 2014 9:52 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger presence in the North Dakota's booming oil patch.                                

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 10:28 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build are part of a controversial energy revolution they hope will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming.

Jury Rejects Oil Spill Claim Against Enbridge

August 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan jury on Thursday rejected two men's claims that Enbridge Inc. should compensate them for what they say are losses because of a 2010 oil pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River system.                 

After Oil: Restoring Wildlife Habitat

August 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Chevron | Videos | Comments

Check out how a 50 year old oil field is being transitioned back into a safe habitat for native plants and animals.                                           

Researchers Discover Nonwoven Cotton Picks Up 50X Own Weight In Oil

August 21, 2014 5:21 pm | by Texas Tech University | News | Comments

Texas Tech University researchers recently discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat can collect up to 50 times its own weight in oil.                               

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6,500 Tickets Sold For Pipeline Opposition Concert

August 21, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.                      

Mexican Firm Complains About Spill Probe

August 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.                      

Water Intake Resumes After Ohio River Spill

August 20, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.                                 

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Coal Ash Measure

August 20, 2014 3:25 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

State House and Senate leaders say that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.                             

Brine Hauler Sues Over Biblical Fracking Billboard

August 20, 2014 3:22 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.                  

Billionaire Pays $1.5 Mine Fines

August 20, 2014 10:32 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.                             

Gas Driller Fined For Losing Control Of A Well

August 20, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania.                               

Stretch Of Ohio River Reopens After Oil Spill

August 20, 2014 10:27 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued.                           

Mining Firm Lied About Acid Spill

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's top environmental official said that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.                 

Shale Dividend Could Pay For Smaller Carbon Footprint

August 19, 2014 5:16 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.'s carbon footprint, Purdue agricultural economists say.                         

Exporting US Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to a new Duke University-led study.

Thousands Of Fuel Oil Spill Into Ohio River

August 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

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