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New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts it Into Energy

March 10, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The wastewater, called brine, contains high levels of salt and toxic organic compounds that could impact local water supplies if not properly contained. 

Seattle Mayor, Council Seek Review of Shell Drilling Fleet

March 10, 2015 11:33 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials said Monday they want to review whether current permits allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to lease port property along the Seattle waterfront for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

Lawmakers Move to Halt New Jersey's $225M Exxon Settlement

March 10, 2015 10:23 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey legislative committee advanced a resolution on Monday calling for the rejection of a deal Gov. Chris Christie's administration announced last week to settle a decade-old lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for $225 million, a fraction of what the state previously sought for environmental damage from the oil company.

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Well Setbacks Hearing Focuses Oil Economics, Health Concerns

March 10, 2015 10:15 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil drilling economics and public health concerns tussled in tug-of-war Monday as the petroleum industry, advocacy groups and homeowners told state regulators what they think should be the minimum distance between homes, and oil and gas wells in Wyoming and why.

Why Cheap Oil Doesn't Stop The Drilling

March 9, 2015 5:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

If oil rigs lead to new wells, fewer rigs should lead to less oil, right? Not necessarily.

ACC Report: Chemical Shipments Down; Jobs, Construction Increase

March 9, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Economic indicators tracked by a chemical industry group had a mixed week to start the month of March, with employment and construction gains and declines in chemical shipments.

Miss. Power Says it Has Started Gasifier at Kemper Plant

March 9, 2015 4:43 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's another step by the unit of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. toward moving the $6.2 billion plant to being fully operational by the end of June 2016.

20,000-Barrel-a-Day Refinery Could Open in North Dakota

March 9, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WDAZ-TV reports city commissioners have approved an ordinance to allow oil companies to apply for a conditional use permit to build a refinery in Devils Lake.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 6, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics argue the terminal would jeopardize other development near the port and present serious safety issues.

Illinois Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires.

BP signs $12B deal to develop Egypt gas field

March 6, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP said in a statement that the investment is "a vote of confidence in Egypt's investment climate."

3 Arguments Against Lifting The Crude Ban — That Are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

Oil Company to Pay $2M For Illegal Well in North Dakota

March 5, 2015 3:28 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Attorney for North Dakota credited Statoil for its willingness to settle the case without forcing the government to file a civil suit.

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New Jersey Officially Announces $225M Exxon Mobil Settlement

March 5, 2015 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say it is the largest environmental settlement in state history — though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought.

Low Oil Prices Are Here to Stay

March 5, 2015 2:59 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

The CEOs of both ExxonMobile and BP say low prices will hang around for another year or two — which isn't great news for everyone. 

Dow's Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow has increased production of ethylene, propylene and derivatives for the packaging industry. The plans will expand the Gulf Coast facilities by 40 percent.

Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama's proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. 

California Shuts Down Oil Wells to Protect Groundwater

March 4, 2015 10:42 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Years of confusion, lax oversight and miscommunication among state and federal regulators are to blame for injecting protected groundwater with the waste, says a separate report California's Environmental Protection Agency.

Advocates, Critics of Fracking Turn Out For Hearing on Bills

March 4, 2015 10:17 am | by MEREDITH SOMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fracking opponents came out in force Tuesday to speak their minds at a Senate hearing on legislation that would limit natural gas drilling in Maryland.

Pics of The Day: Used Motor Oil Spills Into River

March 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

It'd seem even prettier if it wasn't so dangerous — on Tuesday as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil stored in an above ground tank leaked into irrigation canals before slithering a river in Washington.

US Running Out of Room to Store Oil; Price Collapse Next?

March 3, 2015 4:25 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

Ohio Sues BP For More Than $33M in Cleanup of Storage Tanks

March 3, 2015 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state.

Philippines Suspends Oil, Gas Exploration in Disputed Waters

March 3, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippine government has ordered the suspension of all exploration at an offshore oil and gas field because of an ongoing territorial dispute with China, a Filipino-British company said.

Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill in Appomattox River

March 3, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a fuel spill in the Appomattox River.

Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas has bolstered the local economy.

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