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Report: Governments Should Phase Out Emphasis on Bioenergy

January 29, 2015 4:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A report released by a global research group recommends that governments cease most attempts to bolster bioenergy production, arguing they "undercut efforts to combat climate change and to achieve a sustainable food future."

Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting...

Shell to Slash Investment After Oil Price Drop Hurts Profit

January 29, 2015 10:41 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a sign of the impact on the oil sector of the slump in energy prices, Royal Dutch Shell Plc...

With Lower Oil Prices, Sasol Delays Plan For Louisiana Plant

January 29, 2015 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid falling oil prices, a South Africa-based energy company is delaying final plans for a $14...

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FACT CHECK: Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 28, 2015 4:58 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. Which is it? A check of some of the claims about the pipeline as a bill approving it heads toward likely passage...

Hess Corp. Plans 18 Percent Cut in Bakken Spending This Year

January 28, 2015 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hess announced this week that it plans to spend $1.8 billion in the Bakken, down from $2.2 billion in 2014. Hess President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Hill said the company will also have fewer drilling rigs and will complete fewer operating wells.

Utility Changes Seek to Decrease Hawaii's Reliance on Petroleum

January 28, 2015 12:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Oil accounts for a tiny fraction of electricity for the U.S. as a whole, but it powered more than 70 percent of Hawaii's electrical needs as of late 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — and all of it had to cross an ocean to get there.

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Comment Sought on Pipeline Surveys in Monongahela Forest

January 28, 2015 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are seeking the public's input on whether surveys for a proposed natural gas pipeline should be allowed in the Monongahela National Forest. The proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Its path includes about 17 miles through the national forest in...

EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant in South Texas

January 28, 2015 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman says a few construction permits and approvals related to interconnections are still required.

White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast to Drilling

January 28, 2015 9:18 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The proposal, announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, would also include leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, though the administration also called for protecting potential drilling sites within that state's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Deal Requires Firms to Justify Fracking Trade-Secret Claim

January 27, 2015 2:22 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A legal settlement will require petroleum companies to provide justification when they claim the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming are trade secrets that must be shielded from public disclosure.

W.Va. Town Restoring Water Service Following Diesel Spill

January 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill. Media outlets report the state Bureau of Public Health notified the city around 7 p.m. Monday that it could restart its water treatment plant.

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Photo of The Day: Toxic Skies Over India

January 26, 2015 4:55 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

A thick layer of smog and exhaust was the backdrop for some of President Obama’s recent trip to India. The toxic mix provided a visual reminder of what’s at stake for those hoping to improve air quality in India and reduce the globe’s overall emissions from fossil fuels.

Obama Moves to Restrict Alaska Oil Exploration

January 26, 2015 4:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The Obama administration has proposed designating a majority of the sprawling Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as wilderness, which would restrict exploration for oil in the area. Republicans in Congress, however, have already signaled their fierce opposition to the proposal, the latest episode in a decades-long fight over ANWR.

Policing The Patch: It's 'Not Mayberry Anymore'

January 26, 2015 9:55 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Articles | Comments

Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.

1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal;Tupel, Miss. | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. TJN Biofuel LLC's president and owner, Steve Bolin, has not given official notice yet.

After Spill, Pipeline Company Says New Line Will Be Safer

January 23, 2015 3:25 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana. Officials said Friday that city water was certified safe to drink after tests revealed it no longer had harmful levels of chemicals.

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Death of Saudi King Unsettles Oil Market, Prices Rise

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writers; YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Oil prices rose on news of the death of Saudi Arabia's powerful King Abdullah, but the increase is likely to be short-lived without a cut in the kingdom's immense crude production. Brent crude, an international benchmark, was up 92 cents to $49.42 a barrel.

Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 4:58 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.

Cleanup Underway For Nearly 3M-Gallon Saltwater Spill in ND

January 22, 2015 9:31 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club, called the brine "a real toxic mix" and "an extreme threat to the environment and people's health." "Technology exists to prevent these spills and nothing is being done," said Schafer. "Better pipelines, flow meters, cutoff switches, more inspectors — something has got to be done."

Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 21, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A federal judge this week struck down a New Mexico county's fracking ban in one of a growing number of regulatory fights over the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil reserves from deep rock underground.

Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 21, 2015 4:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Projections for 2015 suggest the number of oil rigs operating on U.S. soil could fall dramatically as prices for crude oil remain low.

Obama: US Must Aim Higher Than Keystone on Infrastructure

January 21, 2015 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the U.S. should aim higher than one single pipeline as it works to modernize its infrastructure. Obama wasn't referencing the Keystone XL pipeline by name in his State of the Union address. But he alluded to it by asking Congress to look beyond just one oil pipeline.

Montana City Tries to Fix Water System Tainted by Oil Spill

January 21, 2015 9:57 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities scrambled to decontaminate a water system serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil was released Saturday.

Mysterious Goo Blamed in Bay Area Bird Deaths; Tests Planned

January 20, 2015 3:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mysterious sticky substance has been found coating the feathers of about 300 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few days, and wildlife officials blame it for dozens of deaths. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said analysts already know it is not a petroleum-based substance.

BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 3:42 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment and wildlife. The federal trial begins today in New Orleans under U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, and it will determine exactly how much money BP owes in penalties.

Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence in Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies. Analysts largely lauded the deal, which further links companies that have worked together since 2011 and signals Schlumberger's intent to grow in the region.

Drinking Water Trucked Into Montana City After Oil Spill

January 20, 2015 10:15 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Judge: 3 Million Barrels Discharged After 2010 BP Spill

January 16, 2015 9:29 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion.

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