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Company will pipe treated wastewater for oil and gas production

wastewater

By Corey Paul, Odessa American RDX Technologies Corporation officials plan to pipe treated wastewater from a facility in Odessa to oil leases, pursuing a water delivery method for oil and gas operations that the company’s CEO Dennis Danzik described as a first-of-its kind approach. Danzik, in a Monday conference call, would not say where the water treatment and energy technology ...

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Coal ash could leak from landfills, environmentalists warn

coal ash

An environmental group suggested Monday that Duke Energy not bury its coal ash in landfills but turn it into large “saltstone” structures less likely to pollute. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League held an afternoon news conference in Raleigh to urge that Duke not be allowed to use landfills to dispose of its waste from the Dan River ash basin ...

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Duke Energy: Cleaning up coal ash ‘is going to take time’

coal ash

Duke Energy made no promise to South Carolina regulators Monday that it would clean out and remove pollutant-riddled coal ash from waste ponds at an aging Upstate power plant. During a meeting with the state Public Service Commission in Columbia, Duke representatives said the company has more than 100 million tons of coal ash at power plants, some of which ...

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Residents: Quakes, fracking are linked

broken window

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The first time Judy Pack felt the earth move, she was asleep in her house in rural Mahoning County, just a few houses from the Pennsylvania state line. A natural-gas processing plant had recently been built across the street; Hilcorp Energy, a Texas oil company, had started drilling and fracking for gas about 3 miles away. ...

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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum revises its story

museum tour

Workers at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum already started packing the photos, the papers of old oilmen and the other archives, taking them to the library in downtown Midland. And beginning mid-April, many of the artifacts of the region’s booms and busts will come down too, as the museum’s long-anticipated renovation begins. Then, for the next-18 months or so, the ...

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

DENR

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

silica

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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Train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol

ALMA, Wis. — Crews are working to clear a freight train derailment in western Wisconsin that spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol. BNSF Railway said crews continued Sunday to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and get the cars back on the tracks. The train derailed Saturday about two miles north of Alma, a town along the Mississippi River. Some ...

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