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Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers found that soy lecithin — which is included in a wide array of food products as a surfactant — disperses oil as well or better than two commonly used commercial substances.

You Gotta Laugh: The Fracking Debate

April 24, 2015 10:02 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Another hilariously spot-on headline from The Onion: "Scientists Working To Harness Energy Produced By Intense Fracking Debates."

Are BP's Oil Payments Enough?

April 24, 2015 9:30 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Five years after the BP oil spill, WWL-TV's investigative team looks at how much money BP has paid to businesses and other victims, and asks the question: Was it enough?

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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 24, 2015 9:24 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press | News | Comments

The efforts aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance.

NY Mill Scraps Pipeline, Gets Gas by Truck

April 23, 2015 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says it will use its "virtual pipeline" consisting of compressor stations on natural gas pipelines and a fleet of compressed natural gas trailers.

Regulators Inch Closer to Final Decision on Coal Power Plant

April 23, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest rests in the hands of state regulators.

Report: Man-Made Earthquakes Shake Over a Dozen Areas in US

April 23, 2015 9:31 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.

Companies to Re-Evaluate Proposed Cracker Plant in W.Va.

April 22, 2015 4:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian petrochemical company Odebrecht and plastics maker Braskem say they will re-evaluate an ethane cracker they proposed to build in West Virginia.

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EU Charges Russia's Gazprom Gas Giant With Market Abuse

April 22, 2015 4:54 pm | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations ranging from Estonia to Bulgaria, where it sometimes almost fully controls the gas market, by setting unfair pricing and contract restrictions.

Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 22, 2015 4:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Energy companies are delving deeper below the ocean's surface to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico despite lingering questions about the industry's safety standards.

Exxon Mobil Firms to Pay Nearly $5M For Arkansas Oil Spill

April 22, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties for a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

Halliburton Says Has Cut 9,000 Jobs in Wake of Oil's Drop

April 22, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help.

Study Links Swarm of Quakes in Texas to Natural Gas Drilling

April 21, 2015 4:41 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking

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Texas One Step Closer To Ending Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 11:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill passed 122-18 in the overwhelmingly Republican-controlled chamber; passage is also expected in the Texas Senate before heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

Six Key Factors Influencing The Oil Market

April 21, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

How long will oil prices stay low? The speculation game continues. Here are the key indicators that will continue to impact the market in the coming months.

Behind The Lens of 5 Iconic AP Photos of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Coverage of the BP oil spill back in 2010 began as a sprint, trying to find out who had been hurt in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and how bad the leak might get. It turned into a marathon as at least 134 million gallons of crude spewed from the well over 87 days.

Halliburton Reports 1Q Loss on Costs Tied to Oil Price Slump

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steep drop in oil prices since last spring has forced almost every energy producer to cut expenses and scale back production.

Oil Industry's 'Man Camps' Are Dying

April 20, 2015 9:21 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The workers in booming oil towns used to be served lobster and rib-eye — now they're being served chicken fried steak. How the oil industry's 'man camps' are being squeezed out of business.

OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

Iraqi Forces Recapture 2 Towns From IS Near Crucial Refinery

April 17, 2015 10:47 am | by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iraqi security forces have gained full control over a contested area south of the country's largest oil refinery Friday as part of ongoing operations to secure the rest of Salahuddin province following the recapturing of Tikrit, a senior Iraqi military official said.

TVA Completes Purchase of Mississippi Natural Gas Plant

April 17, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi.

Algeria Sees Leadership Vacuum in Face of Oil Challenges

April 17, 2015 10:39 am | by AOMAR OUALI and PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Algeria is a major supplier of natural gas to Europe and a lynchpin of stability bordering Mali and Libya, two hotbeds of radical Islamic groups.

Secrecy Shrouds Decade-old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

April 17, 2015 10:35 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and JEFF DONN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade.

The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island

April 16, 2015 4:54 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed the mangroves growing there, destroying the root system that held the island's sediment in place.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

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