Fuel Fix

Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Categories: Arctic, featured
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)
The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Jordan Blum/Houston Chronicle)

Getting a glimpse of Exxon Mobil’s new campus

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The complex resembles a modern college campus with plenty of landscaping, about 20 buildings, three large parking garages, a wellness center and more.
Didi Fung, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, collects water samples Feb. 5 from the Dan River.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash into river (photos)

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North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation’s largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.
Categories: Accidents, Coal
Officials prepare clean-up materials at the scene of a leak from a crude oil pipeline on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Colerain Township, Ohio.  (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Landers)

5-inch pipeline crack leaks oil in nature preserve

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A 5-inch crack in a pipeline caused more than 10,000 gallons of crude oil to leak into a suburban nature preserve, officials said Thursday.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
Business deal finalized, congratulations!

People making moves in Houston’s energy world

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Houston is home to one of the nation’s fastest growing workforces, fueled largely by the expansion of the energy industry. Check out who has capitalized on the booming business with recent job changes and promotions.
Categories: People, Workforce
ExxonValdez

25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger (photos)

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Twenty five years after the Exxon Valdez spill, most of the species have recovered. But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling.
(Santos Ltd. via Bloomberg)

Report: Cheap gas will fuel US manufacturing job surge through 2020

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An ample supply of cheap natural gas has ignited a U.S. manufacturing surge projected to expand plant payrolls and drive demand for chemicals, machinery and steel through the end of the decade, according to a report released Thursday.
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

Another clean energy venture faces cloudy future

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A Houston-area biofuels company once on the vanguard of clean energy hopes could be headed toward bankruptcy, prompting concerns about the technology it has helped develop.
Categories: Biofuels
Money Roll

Texas refinery agrees to cut air pollution, pay fine

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A Port Arthur refinery has agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment while also paying a $350,000 fine for multiple violations of the Clean Air Act.
Categories: Environment, Refining