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Landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase

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A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state’s low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold. Wayne Disposal Inc., operated by USEcology in Van Buren Township, made the decision as Gov. Rick Snyder has convened a special panel looking at the state’s ...

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New crude oil report concludes risks of train spills are real

Long lines of railroad oil tanker cars stretch off into the distance down the train tracks waiting to be unloaded.

Mile-long oil trains that are expected to crisscross California daily in the coming years pose significant risks to residents of urban areas, including Sacramento, a new report concludes, contradicting earlier studies that found no major safety concerns. The report, issued by San Luis Obispo County officials, is based on a plan by Phillips 66 to transport crude oil on 80-car ...

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Energy news roundup: railroads benefiting from frack sand, EPA sued over RFS and Masdar to build GCC wind farm

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Union Pacific Railroad just announced handsome Q3 profits driven in large part by the US energy boom. Although crude oil shipments were down from the corresponding period last year, shipments of sand for hydraulic fracturing operations have been strong. Less expensive diesel fuel also helped the rail company’s bottom line. “Today you’re seeing lots of drilling in the Permian Basin, ...

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California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22 – Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state’s isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation’s shale oil boom. While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists have slowed efforts to build ...

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Natural gas vs. Beer

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The Atlantic Coast pipeline, a 550-mile a joint effort between Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, has gained a new unlikely opponent to their proposed construction: beer crafters. Grist.org reported that Blue Mountain Brewery, a craft brewery in the pristine Rockfish Valley of Virginia, is part of a Nelson County activist group opposing construction of the ...

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Minnesota highways could become huge energy producers

Using land near highway roads for solar panels. Photo by Portland General Electric via flickr

While critics slam North Dakota’s renewable energy policies, the neighboring state of Minnesota is pressing forward with highways that would cater to new solar power production. The state of Minnesota is launching a program to create five 1-megawatt solar panel arrays built on public right-of-ways around the state. According to a MinnPost report, if the pilot project is successful, it ...

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Halliburton, Baker Hughes buy more sand, railcars as demand piles up

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Oct 21 – As fracking accelerates in North American shale fields, oilfield services providers Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc are stockpiling sand to protect themselves against rising costs and are buying more railcars to transport the haul. Halliburton, the world’s largest provider of fracking services, is more than doubling its railcar fleet and capacity for sand terminals – where ...

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Yahoo! buying wind energy from Wall company

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WALL — New Jersey Clean Energy Ventures has lined up Yahoo! to buy electricity from an $85 million wind farm the company plans to build in Kansas. The Alexander Wind Farm, the third for New Jersey Clean Energy Ventures, an unregulated subsidiary of Wall-based New Jersey Resources, will be located on 7,000 acres in Rush County, Kansas, about 120 miles ...

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Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie

MOSCOW — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit ...

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