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National project to harness microbes for health, environment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — We share our bodies and surroundings with teeming communities of microbes that are crucial to the health of people and the planet, and now the Obama administration is beginning a major project to better understand those invisible ecosystems — and even control them. The National Microbiome Initiative announced Friday at the White House aims to bring together ...

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Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have revoked state permits for hundreds of abandoned coal-bed methane wells that were part of an experiment some hoped would reverse a bust in coal-bed methane. The 413 wells in Campbell County now are a long list of wells the state plans to plug and clean up over several years. The Wyoming Department of ...

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REX: Eating away oil spills

Conventional wisdom says oil and land preservation will always be at odds with one another, but Rex Rainey of Big Spring, Texas begs to differ. “I saw that there’s a mentality of the land owner hating the oil producer and the oil producer hating the landowner, and it’s because both of them are trying to win,” Rainey said. “We just ...

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Looking at an oil spill site, 35 years later

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Here’s a cool story from MPR about research operations being conducted on the site of a 35-year-old Minnesota oil spill. Among other discoveries are the presence of microbes that break down oil for energy, the kind that have been sought recently in Colorado. Also an interesting look at wetlands soil that forms a thin ...

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