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Velocys in venture to turn landfill gas into fuel

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A joint venture that includes a Plain City company will work to convert natural gas from landfills into liquid fuel. The venture, announced yesterday, will team Velocys of Plain City with Waste Management and two other companies. Velocys CEO Roy Lipski said in a statement that his company is pleased to join with the partners for “projects that promise to ...

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Lawyer hired by NC in spill probe represented Duke

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The lawyer hired to represent North Carolina’s environmental agency during a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps once represented the utility company in a different criminal probe. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has hired Mark T. Calloway of Charlotte to help respond to 20 grand jury subpoenas the ...

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EDITORIAL: This is no time for DENR to spare the rod

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Duke Energy sought permission last year to conduct routine maintenance at its Cape Fear River plant in Chatham County. Officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources knew the company might adjust water levels in its coal-ash ponds. State inspectors discovered a pumping operation last week that has dumped 61 million gallons of wastewater into the Cape Fear ...

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. Booms were brought ...

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The Utah tar sands time bomb

By John Deede, Shale Plays Media | Google+ While the debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline stretching from Alberta’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast has dominated environmental news, few people are aware that Utah has its own tar sand formation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that the recoverable oil in the Green River Formation located in ...

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OSHA calls for silica limit: Proposed silica limit would hurt fracking industry, group says

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A proposed lower limit of silica exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would drastically affect the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute is one of about 80 organizations and industry groups that will speak in Washington, D.C., at hearings stretching from Tuesday through April 4. The hearings are a part of ...

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EDITORIAL: North Texans deserve more immediate action in response to earthquakes

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For people who live in and around Azle, patience has to be wearing thin. Since November, Azle and Reno have endured a spate of seismic activity believed to be related to 11 wastewater disposal wells used to get rid of wastes from gas drilling’s hydraulic fracturing process, known as fracking. The three-member Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and ...

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