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Power plant becomes a model for cleaner operation

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A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.
Categories: Electricity, Environment
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Greenpeace boards rig heading for Norway’s northernmost drilling site

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Activists from environmental group Greenpeace boarded a Statoil rig en route to drill Norway’s northernmost exploration well in the Barents Sea, saying it’s too close to the polar ice cap and a key nature reserve.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

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Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.
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Obama divides power players with pollution rule utilities accept

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The Obama administration’s upcoming greenhouse gas rules are gaining acceptance from an unlikely quarter — power companies — and splitting the energy industry’s normally unified opposition to new limits.
In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean river coal ash

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Duke will reimburse the federal government for its oversight costs.
Categories: Coal, Environment
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., speaks at a rally to address climate change on Capitol Hill. Dozens of House and Senate members spoke during the event, in front of hundreds of environmental activists. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Lawmakers target oil companies in Capitol Hill climate rally

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Dozens of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday exhorted their colleagues to address climate change, with some blaming oil companies and big money for blocking substantive action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and set a price on carbon.
Vapour rises from cooling towers at Drax Power Station, operated by Drax Group Plc, in Selby, U.K., on March 11, 2014. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

UK urged to fast-track carbon-capture plans

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U.K. ministers should accelerate funding for carbon-capture and storage projects by Drax Group Plc and SSE Plc to kick-start a technology that’s vital for climate protection, a panel of lawmakers said.
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In the oil & gas industry, there should be no such thing as an “accident”

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The “safety first” message extends – at least in theory – out to the field, where every new engineer and roughneck is constantly told “there’s no such thing as a small incident”, or “if you can’t do it safely, it’s not worth doing”.
Hess Corp. CEO John Hess addresses company workers and dignitaries at a celebration of the company's upgraded gas plant in Tioga, N.D. on Monday, May 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Hess shows off upgraded Tioga gas plant

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Oil conglomerate Hess Corp. on Monday showed off its upgraded gas plant in Tioga to North Dakota officials.
A plant that produces ethanol is next to a cornfield near Coon Rapids, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar

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EPA officials say fewer gallons of ethanol are necessary because the fuel efficiency of cars improved more quickly than expected, helping lower fuel demand.
Categories: Environment, Gasoline