More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corporation over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the seven-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.
A legal clash over water rights is bound for trial as attorneys for Montana press their case that Wyoming farmers and oil and gas companies are sucking too much water from tributaries of the Yellowstone River. Montana claims Wyoming is violating a 1950 agreement by depleting the Tongue and Powder rivers before they flow north into Montana.
New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities is weighing whether to appeal a federal judge's ruling that shot down its plan to add more natural gas-fired power plants by having ratepayers subsidize their costs. A U.S. District judge ruled that the plan was unconstitutional.
Macro Sensors introduce LVDT Linear Position Sensors as a critical position feedback component on its down hole drilling equipment.
The GREEN Access & Fall Protection line, by Benko Products, is pleased to announce the Portable Transloading Platform for all transloading needs.
City Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge usually welcomes new businesses to Warwood, West Virginia, but she doesn't plan to be on hand when GreenHunter Water opens its natural gas frack water recycling plant. Following months of planning and public debate, GreenHunter has all the permits required to begin work on the new facility.
MWV Specialty Chemicals will expand its existing operations in Charleston County, South Carolina. The $9.3 million investment will serve as an innovation center for expanding capabilities in automotive emissions control and sustainable chemicals for the oilfield, road construction and adhesives global markets.
A U.S.-chartered oil exploration ship was seized by the Venezuelan navy in Caribbean waters that are disputed with neighboring Guyana. It was escorted into port at Venezuela's Margarita Island on Sunday. Venezuelan authorities said the ship's 36 crew members, including five U.S. citizens and two Brazilians, would be held on board while an investigation continued.
Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new LED fixture designed to withstand the rigors of offshore operation.
A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up from the ground. He said he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines became coated in it.
French President Francois Hollande had promised to maintain the ban imposed by his predecessor, even though France had been named among the most promising European countries for shale gas extraction. The French, who rely largely on nuclear energy, pay roughly 50 percent more per month for energy than Americans.
A contract allowing Kentucky Power Co. to buy electricity produced by a biomass-fueled plant has been approved. The Kentucky Public Service Commission reported the utility has said the deal is needed because of reduced power production at the company's Big Sandy plant in Lawrence County.
The largest organization representing companies involved in Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling boom have attacked proposals to raise taxes on the industry by various challengers to Governor Tom Corbett. The Marcellus Shale Coalition issued a statement criticizing tax proposals that it said were being touted by gubernatorial candidates.
A Galveston jury has found BP negligent in a 41-day emissions event at its Texas City refinery in 2010, but says no one was harmed by the pollution. Jurors unanimously agreed BP PLC was responsible, but only one wanted to award damages.
Corrosion has long been the bane of the oil industry, accounting for more than 25% of failures. Now a growing number of pro-active, oil and gas industry maintenance professionals are turning to a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize the cost and production downtime required to repair or replace corroded equipment.
China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to U.S. government data released this week. Chinese oil consumption outstripped production by 6.3 million barrels per day.
A federal appeals court said a lower court was correct when it refused to temporarily stop construction of the southern end of the Keystone XL pipeline used to carry oil from Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The Sierra Club and others had sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the project posed environmental hazards and shouldn't have been approved.
Lawmakers have blocked a proposal that could have allowed greater amounts of ethanol to be blended into the gasoline sold for most vehicles. The decision by a legislative panel halts a proposed rule change that would have allowed stations to sell fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. The decision is essentially a temporary moratorium. The full Legislature can decide whether to permanently block the rule when it convenes in January.
KNF Neuberger announces its NMP09 micro diaphragm gas sampling pumps now feature enhanced flow repeatability for predictable flow at controlled speeds and superior leak tightness.
The government has forecast that most households will pay more for heat this winter. The primary reason that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses is that prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher. Natural gas users will see the biggest percentage increase after two years of historically low prices.
Chesapeake Energy said it is laying off 800 workers across the oil and natural gas exploration and production company, including 640 at its Oklahoma City headquarters. The layoffs were announced in a letter sent to employees. These layoffs are the latest changes in what has been a turbulent year for the company.
The United Steelworkers say Governor John Kasich can help save 600 jobs in southeast Ohio by intervening in a conflict between an aluminum maker and utility regulators. Ormet has proceeded with full curtailment of its operations after the Public Utilities Commission rejected its energy transition plan last week. The company's request to continue operating while building an onsite natural-gas power plant was declined.
State regulators directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety, following concerns that surfaced in an email from an engineer. The California Public Utilities Commission has opened an investigation to determine whether any immediate dangers are posed by the pipeline, saying the findings would be made public.
Tecsis LP now offers the Model XLDR, a compression load cell specifically designed to measure the load on oil well ‘sucker rod’ pumping systems.
The plant's owners pointed to a number of reasons for the planned shutdown, including low electricity prices from a surplus of natural gas and the need to invest significant capital to meet environmental regulations and to operate and maintain an aging plant.