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Obama Pushes More Oil To Clean Up Coal

December 23, 2013 10:55 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

Enhancing Workplace Safety With Corrosion Coating

December 20, 2013 4:46 pm | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

Seeking a better corrosion solution at their petrochemical facility, Mobley Industrial Services recently used a newly approved corrosion coating called EonCoat to enhance workplace safety and return a large floating roof tank to service in about half the time required by typical coatings. This coating is part of a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion and extend equipment life.

Aging Infrastructure Impeding Process Manufacturing Growth

December 20, 2013 2:11 pm | by Economist Intelligence Unit | News | Comments

Process manufacturing companies in the oil and gas, utilities, and chemical industries rely on rapidly aging proprietary infrastructure to run their operations. Subsequent disruptions can cripple operations and impede opportunities for growth. As a result, executives in these industries must make tough decisions about where, when and how much to invest in infrastructure upgrades.

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Louisiana Considered For $3 Billion Ethane Plant

December 20, 2013 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Axiall Corp. is considering building a $3 billion ethane cracker and chemical plant somewhere in Louisiana. The Atlanta-based chemical manufacturer said it could make a decision sometime early next year. Axiall would invest $1 billion of its own money, while an unnamed partner would put in $2 billion.

Uncertain Future For Gas Drilling In PA

December 20, 2013 11:03 am | by MARC LEVY, MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The energy industry and policy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of the nation's gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves after the state's highest court threw out significant portions of a law that limited the power of cities and counties to regulate the industry.

Chicago 'Petcoke' Piles Must Be Removed

December 20, 2013 10:53 am | by SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago's mayor and the Illinois attorney general announced an agreement with an Indiana company that will require it to remove huge piles of petroleum coke from the city's southeast side and accept no other shipments for the time being.

Mexico Gives Oil Reform Approval

December 18, 2013 4:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's federal congress has certified that 24 of the country's 31 state legislatures have approved sweeping energy reforms that allow private companies to explore for and produce oil and gas.                                                                     

BP Makes A 'Significant' Discovery In The Gulf

December 18, 2013 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says the find at an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93 is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans and in approximately 4,900 feet (1,493 meters) of water. BP says more drilling is necessary to determine how big, and potentially how valuable, it might be.

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Oil Workers Sue For Overtime Pay

December 18, 2013 11:09 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a major oil drilling business say a federal lawsuit accusing the company of failing to pay overtime to workers in the North Dakota oil patch should be thrown out, according to court documents filed Tuesday.                 

Verdict Reached In BP Engineer's Trial

December 18, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Tanker Attacked

December 17, 2013 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek authorities say an oil tanker has come under armed attack off the west coast of Africa, and the ship's Ukrainian captain and Greek first engineer have been kidnapped.                                       

Harvest Natural Closes Venezuela Deal

December 16, 2013 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Harvest Natural Resources Inc. jumped Monday after the energy company said it closed the first of two transactions in a $400-million sale of its Venezuelan assets.                                      

BP Trial Winding Down

December 16, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                                                          

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Stage Is Set For Clean Energy In 2014

December 16, 2013 10:57 am | by Natural Resources Defense Council | News | Comments

In a key year for the American people’s health and the environment, the nation has expanded clean energy and efficiency and acted against climate change, but further steps are needed to protect our communities and public health in 2014, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

BP Engineer Won't Testify At His Own Trial

December 13, 2013 11:15 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer isn't expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                             

PA Plant Recycling Shale Water

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by ANYA LIVTAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Starting in January, Daniel Ertel's wastewater processing plant in Williamsport will start churning out commodities: Oil. Methanol. Sodium chloride.                                               

Mexico's Oil Opening Looms Closer

December 13, 2013 11:05 am | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's sweeping away of seven decades of nationalist protections and letting foreign companies back into its oil fields is crucial to bringing the expertise and money needed to rejuvenate its sclerotic energy industry, supporters say.

Senators Want Check Of Oil Pipeline Beneath Lakes

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Three U.S. senators have asked a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters. The request was made Wednesday in a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Natural Gas Company Proposes Pipeline Upgrade

December 11, 2013 10:25 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

American Midstream Partners is proposing the reconstruction of its American Midstream Midla mainline pipeline in Louisiana and Mississippi. The company is conducting a so-called "open season," which is a period of courting shippers to determine if the project is viable. 

Gas Leak Capped After Underground Fire

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman Jason King told KRON4-TV the utility responded to the scene and found a 4-inch plastic gas main had ruptured. At one point, television news footage showed flames coming from below the roadway.   

Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion For Ex-BP Engineer

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kurt Mix is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He has pleaded not guilty.                                                    

Pakistan To Push Forward On Gas Project With Iran

December 10, 2013 9:38 am | by ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pakistan will push forward with a controversial pipeline to import natural gas from neighboring Iran, Pakistan said Tuesday, a project opposed by the United States. The U.S. has opposed the project and instead supported an alternative proposal. 

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana Inks Deal With Sasol

December 10, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Entergy Gulf States Louisiana has signed a six-year power supply deal with the South African energy company behind a planned $7 billion petrochemical project in Westlake. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana said Monday that it has agreed to supply up to 200 megawatts of electricity. 

Jobs vs. Environment In Pinelands Pipe Plan Fracas

December 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The age-old jobs-versus-the-environment clash is playing out again, this time in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed pipeline.         

Fuel Tanker Accident Kills 14

December 10, 2013 9:24 am | by MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fuel tanker overturned and exploded, killing 14 people. Police officials say the tanker was pulling a trailer and overturned for unknown reasons. They say a large quantity of fuel spilled, causing a huge fire that engulfed a nearby minibus and a rickshaw.  

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