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Texas Tech develops mat that could absorb oil spills


Edwin Delgado | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — A Texas Tech University research team has discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat is capable of collecting up to 50 times its own weight in oil. The results were published online in the July edition of the American Chemical Society’s journal Industry & Engineering Chemistry Research. The ...

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Changes to Idaho’s Oil and Gas Industry Proposed


Brian Smith | The Times-News BOISE — After months of negotiations, industry representatives, environmentalists and regulators will soon present a set of changes to the rules governing Idaho’s budding oil and gas industry. On Tuesday, the Idaho Oil and Gas Commission will mull the proposed rules before they go out for a 21-day public comment period in early September and ...

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PA oil and gas jobs projected to grow, new study reveals


Brendan Gibbons | Times-Tribune Oil and gas employment is projected to continue growing by the end of 2014, though not as much as last year, according to a recent employment survey by the Marcellus Shale Coalition. The survey projects 2,000 new jobs added among its respondents in 2014, half of the projected 4,000-job increase last year. The coalition surveys its ...

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Jacksonville CNG station for entire public on its way, prompting forecasts for revolution in local truck fuel

Drew Dixon | The Florida Times-Union The rush to make Jacksonville one of the leading players in the natural gas industry took another step Wednesday, when work began on a publicly accessible compressed-natural-gas station. The groundbreaking ceremony at the Southside Industrial Park for Champion Brands beer distributor, which owns the property, and Trillium CNG promised plenty of fuel for Champion trucks ...

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ISIS grabs oil and gas fields in Syria and Iraq, but challenges remain


Mazin Sidahmed | The Lebanon Daily Star BEIRUT — As militants from ISIS establish themselves as the dominant force in the fight for oil and gas resources among rebel factions within Syria and Iraq, they are reaping windfall profits — and confronting a series of constraints on their newly gained wealth, experts say. ISIS has consolidated control over several oil ...

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Rep. rips anti-fracking director’s SUCO event


Joe Mahoney | The Daily Star A planned stage production at the State University College at Oneonta, involving a well-known filmmaker involved in the anti-fracking movement, drew a howl of protest Friday from pro-drilling Otsego County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts. “How is it that this guy has all the answers?” Powers asked rhetorically in reference to Josh Fox, who won ...

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Q&A: Oil and gas’ impact on Weld County challenging, but not crippling

Sharon Dunn | the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) It’s always a good thing when properties sell. A vacant building gets a new use, and it spurs further development. But when a building recently sold that was one of three remaining in Weld County with more than 100,000 square feet, development officials were left wringing their hands. It was an especially difficult ...

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Some audits bring change in law, policy


Robert Swift | Times-Tribune HARRISBURG — The release of a major audit concerning state regulation of the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on water quality is the latest round in a debate now stretching back a half dozen years. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his agency’s audit of regulatory activities from 2009 to 2012 under two administrations shows the ...

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Poll: Californians support global warming rules – unless gas prices rise

Dan Smith | Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases — until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California’s annual environmental survey also found majorities oppose the greater use of fracking for oil exploration (54 percent), increased offshore ...

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