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BP Gets an Anniversary Gift From the Obama Administration

Huffinton post -- April 20 is the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and dumped over 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a three month period in 2010.

You wouldn't think that the London-based company that spilled the oil would get an anniversary gift from the federal government. But the Environmental Protection Agency has just given BP a big one. The EPA ruled that the corporation could start bidding on lucrative new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

That suspension was lifted on March 13, less than a week before the yearly government auction for drilling rights. The company whose negligence was responsible for the worst marine oil-spill in history won 43 new leases in the Gulf,which is still fouled by million of gallons of unrecovered crude.  (go to article)

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Gasoline reported stolen from postal vans in Paris

News 12 -- With the recent increase in gas prices, Paris Police say they've received reports of someone stealing gasoline from postal vans.

They say it happened sometime between closing Wednesday and opening on Thursday.

Police say someone cut the chain linked fence on the south side Paris' post office, in the 500 block of Clarksville Street, draining around 84 gallons of gasoline.

Police estimate the cost around $1,000.

The incident is under investigation. If you have any information on this crime, contact Police.  (go to article)

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Long lines form as church gives away free gasoline in Slidell on Good Friday

NOLA.com -- Churches are always looking for new ways to reach people. One church in Slidell has decided to go where folks spend a lot of their time: their vehicles.

For the fourth consecutive Good Friday, members of Living The Word International Church stationed themselves at a Slidell gas station and pumped $25 of free gas into the vehicles of the first 200 motorists who stopped by. The church spread the word through area radio stations and before long, you guessed it, the line of traffic waiting to pull into the Texaco station at Fremaux Avenue and Seventh Street stretched several blocks long.

"We look at this as a blessing," said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Lawrence Weathersby. "We are blessed to be a blessing."  (go to article)

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Judge strikes down Minnesota's anti-coal energy law

Star Tribune -- A federal judge on Friday struck down a landmark 2007 Minnesota law that bans new power generation from coal, saying it regulates business activities of out-of-state utilities in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson enjoined the state from enforcing key sections of the law, which North Dakota coal and utility interests said hampered their ability to find buyers for power from existing coal-fired generating plants or to plan for new ones.

Under Nelson’s order, Minnesota can’t enforce state restrictions on electricity imports from new power plants that increase greenhouse gases.

Minnesota relied on western coal for 46 percent of its electricity in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. North Dakota got 79 pe  (go to article)

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Jimmy Carter: Reject Keystone XL oil pipeline

cbsnews,com -- Former President Jimmy Carter urged President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Wednesday, warning that the project would worsen the damaging effects of climate change and saying their decision would define their legacy "on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced."

"As you deliberate the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you are poised to make a decision that will signal either a dangerous commitment to the status quo, or bold leadership that will inspire millions counting on you to do the right thing for our shared climate," explained a letter signed by Carter and nine other former recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. The letter appeared as a newspaper advertisement on Wednesday morning.

The proposed project wo  (go to article)

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Voestalpine CEO calls for Europe to frack in low-density areas -paper

REUTERS -- Europe should consider allowing fracking for shale gas in sparsely populated areas, the chief executive of Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine told a German newspaper.

"Each drill hole that we can open in Europe will allow us to decrease our dependence (on natural gas from Russia)," Wolfgang Erder said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Recent tensions with Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine have heightened concerns among the EU's 28 members about the security of their energy supplies.

The European Union relies on Russia for about a third of its oil and gas, and some 40 percent of its gas is shipped through Ukraine.

The United States has benefited from a shale boom by using fracking, a controversial drilling process in which sand, water and chemicals are injected deep...  (go to article)

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Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

MIT Technology Review -- When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station — that caused most of the harm.

A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid such consequences in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.  (go to article)

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Harold Hamm: The Billionaire Oilman Fueling America's Recovery

Forbes -- Harold Hamm has transformed the U.S. oil industry like no one since John D. Rockefeller, while helping to keep domestic prices low — and making himself a $17 billion fortune. The great domestic energy boom, he says, is just beginning.  (go to article)

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Texas Supreme Court will not review ruling favoring TransCanada

KETR/NPR -- Lamar County landowner Julia Trigg Crawford’s petition for review of a lower court’s ruling in favor of TransCanada Corp. has been denied by the Texas Supreme Court. Crawford had been contesting the Canadian company’s right to build the Keystone XL pipeline through her family’s farm in northwestern Lamar County.  (go to article)

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Toyota Experiment Shows How Hybrids Will Relief Traffic Stress [Video]

AutoEvolution -- Driving through today busy city traffic can be a real pain in the back... Too many cars on the streets, inattentive drivers, many stoplights, intersections where you need to give way to an endless row of other vehicles, pedestrians using the crosswalks just after you picked up some speed and a lot more.

And all of these are combined with two other stress factors - needing to arrive at your destination in time and even worrying than that, fuel consumption. With fuel prices having doubled since, lets say ten years ago, in many of the world’s regions, sitting in the traffic with you engine running will put a heavy load on your mind.

That’s why in many drivers’ subconscious everyone surrounding them in traffic are just morons for wasting both their time and gas.  (go to article)

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Toyota Corolla Now Exporting to South and Central America

AutoEvolution -- Mississippi-made products such as luxury furniture, petroleum items, cotton and paper are finding their way to out the US each year. And now the 2014 Toyota Corolla will add up, with the automaker officially declaring it up for export recently.

At a ceremony yesterday, Toyota Mississippi put out the first 2014 Corolla intended for export towards clients in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

“Since 2011, Mississippians have been successfully producing Toyota’s best-selling model globally, the Corolla, for the U.S. market. Today, Toyota once again puts Mississippi on the world’s stage with the rollout of the first export vehicle manufactured at the Blue Springs facility,” Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant said. “This new export opportunity further strengthens Mississippi’s growing  (go to article)

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Railway car manufacturers won't talk safety despite concerns

Toronto Sun -- OTTAWA — The manufacturing of railway oil tanker cars in North America is a closely guarded secret.

The five companies that control the market refused to talk to QMI Agency about how many cars they can make in one year and how much production would cost.

Despite the fact it's been almost a year since the derailment disaster at Lac-Megantic Que., there is still no concrete timeline to replace the dangerous and aging fleet of DOT-111 tankers that transport millions of litres of crude across the country every year.

The vast majority of DOT-111 tankers on North American railroads have been called ticking time bombs because they puncture and explode more easily than the DOT-111s made after 2011
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Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Fuel Fix -- The United States is “on a course to repeat” the same mistakes that led to the devastating Deepwater Horizon disaster four years ago, a former top offshore drilling regulator warned Thursday.

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the former Minerals Management Service director, Elizabeth Birnbaum, says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”

Birnbaum, who was ousted from her job overseeing offshore drilling just weeks after BP’s Macondo well blew out in the Gulf, penned the op-ed with Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for U.S. oceans at the conservation group Oceana.

Birnbaum and Savitz say the chief problem is regulators’ failure to impose new mandates that would boost the performance of blowout preventers, afterthe Deepwater Hor  (go to article)

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Crude oil pipeline to Twin Cities to get $125M upgrade

Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Yet another Minnesota crude oil pipeline is set for a major upgrade. Minnesota Pipe Line Co., which owns four pipelines that supply the state’s two oil refineries, said Thursday that it will invest $125 million to maximize the capacity of the largest of the lines. The company said the goal is to increase the system’s reliability, not to increase overall oil shipments.

Minnesota Pipe Line Co.’s project, which requires state regulatory approval, won’t require digging new trenches or burying more pipe. Instead, the company said it will more than double the capacity of Line 4 to 350,000 barrels per day by adding six pump stations along the 295-mile route. The line connects an oil terminal at Clearbrook, Minn., with refineries in Rosemount and St. Paul Park.

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VW reveals new 300mpg coupe

AUTOCAR -- Diesel-electric XL1 ‘one-litre’ concept showcases VW’s ultra-frugal new powertrain

The new car is the third concept built to the vision of travelling 100km (62 miles) on a single litre of fuel. The first two vehicles, introduced in 2002 and 2009, used tandem seating, but the XL1 achieves the goal (or at 0.9l/100km, surpasses it) while looking remarkably conventional.

The XL1 is powered by an 800cc, two-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant (half a BlueMotion engine), producing 47bhp. It’s supported by a 27bhp electric motor that is fuelled by lithium-ion batteries. These can be charged from a domestic plug, allowing the car to travel for 35km (22 miles) on electric power alone.

The electric motor can also be used to support the diesel engine’s torque during ‘full power’ acceleration, lifting  (go to article)

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US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

.AP By JOSH LEDERMAN and DINA CAPPIELLO -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

The State Department didn't say how much longer agencies will have to weigh in but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge overturning a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska's Supreme Court isn't expected to rule for another several months, and there could be more legal maneuvering after that. The delay potentially frees President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the November election.

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Gas prices, utility hikes hurting businesses and consumers

CTV Ottawa -- Gasoline prices in Ottawa have reached a 3 year high. Most pumps are now at almost $1.39 a litre, representing a 15% increase from last year. That's just one source of fuel that's risen in recent weeks, fuelling anger among consumers. At the Bread By Us Bakery in Ottawa’s Hintonburg, energy prices are rising faster than their loaves of sour dough bread. The bakery is just a few months old, already stretching a tight budget. Co-owner Jessica Carpinone says they don't have extra dough to pay for the rising cost of hydro and gas.
"I can't absorb anything beyond what I'm already absorbing so when I see new gas bills, if they're higher, I will have to find ways to make more or find creative ways to absorb that.”
Natural gas prices rose April 1st. It'll cost $400 more a year to heat the av  (go to article)

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TOP Oil Market News: WTI Crude Rises After Jobless Claims Drop

Bloomberg News -- West Texas Intermediate crude rose to a six-week high as a report showed fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits.  (go to article)

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San Diego Gas Price Rises For 17th Consecutive Day

KPBS.org -- The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Friday for the 17th consecutive day, increasing two-tenths of a cent to $4.272, its highest amount since March 2, 2013.

The average price has increased 23.7 cents over the past 17 days, including three-tenths of a cent on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 12.5 cents higher than one week ago, 26.7 cents more than one month ago and 30.3 cents above what it was one year ago.

There are "signs of relief'' from the rising prices, according to Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

"Wholesale prices dropped back down by 20 cents as of Wednesday and local pump primes seem to be staying steady in the last couple of days,''  (go to article)

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Keystone Delayed again

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FILE: February 17, 2012: Protestors rallied in front of the Lamar County courthouse before a hearing on the Keystone pipeline in Paris, Texas.REUTERS

The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend that it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections.  (go to article)

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When Is the Price of Gas Cheaper? Weekdays or Weekends?

NBC -- People tend to grouse about gas stations jacking up their prices on weekends, but in most states, gas prices are higher during the workweek.The crowdsourced gas-price aggregator GasBuddy.com took an exhaustive, four-year look at what days gas was cheapest in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.  (go to article)

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Ford reveals 10 torture tests for 2015 F-150 including shrapnel, acid bath, frame twisting

Equipment World -- When the 2015 F-150 was announced in January a lot of people wondered just how durable a pickup with an aluminum body could be. Wonder no more. Today, Ford let us in on their torture-testing process for the 2015 F-150 with video of all 10 steps. Some of these steps are so grueling that just five days of prolonged testing would equal 10 years or 150,000 miles by what Ford calls the “roughest customers.” By the time the new F-150 hits dealers this fall, it will have been subjected to 10 million miles of combined real-world and simulated durability testing. Below are descriptions of all 10 steps. If you’d rather see the full video of testing we’ve included it below.(GIFs, VIDEO)

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Monthly natural gas price fluctuations could be more than expected, analysis shows

Ottawa Citizen -- The unrelenting cold this winter has left Enbridge with a $655.5M tab it now needs to recoup from consumers

The utility applied to the ON Energy Board last month for a major increase to the natural gas rate it charges consumers

Consumers are facing the prospect of major spikes in their billing for the colder months of 2014 beyond what they may be expecting

Enbridge does not profit on the sale of natural gas, though, responsible for negotiating the price it pays for natural gas and for anticipating colder temperatures to protect its customers from wildly fluctuating gas prices. But the winter of 2013-14 led to unprecedented natural gas across N Am

Enbridge had expected to pay $88M for natural gas during Jan, but ended up spending $291M and $491M in Feb. The cost in Mar is $332M  (go to article)

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Gasoline Prices in California Jump as Refineries Encounter Trouble

Los Angeles Times --
Problems at some of the state's fuel refineries have sent gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the kickoff of the busy driving season.

A gallon of regular gasoline hit a statewide average of $4.196 on Thursday, up about 13 cents in a week, according to AAA. That's the highest price since March 2013.
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Gasoline prices jump in California as refineries encounter trouble

LA Times -- Problems at some of the state's fuel refineries have sent gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the kickoff of the busy driving season.

A gallon of regular gasoline hit a statewide average of $4.196 on Thursday, up about 13 cents in a week, according to AAA. That's the highest price since March 2013.

But problems at a few refineries in the Golden State undergoing routine spring maintenance have squeezed inventory and boosted prices, analysts said. And only a handful of refineries outside the state are capable of making the ultra-clean type of gasoline mandated in California.

However, the refinery snags have been extensive enough to temporarily reduce gas inventories in the state 17% compared with this time last year.

Aside from production issues, bad weather has also p  (go to article)

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Auto airbag maker Continental named in GM recall suit

Reuters -- (Reuters) - Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems U.S., the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors Co vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths  (go to article)

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Illinois eyeing gas tax increase

GasBuddy Blog -- Motorists in Illinois should beware: a transportation advocacy group wants to raise your gasoline taxes, and if it happens, you can bet retailers would be forced to pass it on to you in the form of higher gasoline prices.

According to the Northwest Herald, the group wants to hike motor fuel taxes by 4 cents a gallon to fund a new road-building program that would replace a $31 billion, five year program that terminates this year.

Gas station and convenience store owners are expectedly livid. “This tax, as a retailer, would be pushed to the consumer. We as retailers live in penny profits and cannot afford to absorb this tax,” said Amy Chronister Ridley, vice president of Chronister Oil and Qik n EZ Convenience Stores, which...  (go to article)

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Texting Driver Who Slammed Cyclist: I, Like, 'Just Don't Care'

Huffington Post -- The 21-year-old Australian woman was livid when she slammed into a bicyclist while texting late last year, putting dents in her car. The victim suffered a spinal fracture and would spend the next three months in a hospital, but Davis wasn't having any of it, The Standard reports.

"I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is, like, pretty expensive and now I have to fix it," she told a responding officer two days after the Sept. 20 collision. "I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist."  (go to article)

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GM could benefit, too, from an ignition-switch victims fund

Reuters -- Reuters) - If General Motors Co creates a fund to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches, an option that a top legal adviser suggested it is exploring, the company could give up strong defenses to a wave of lawsuits. But it could stand to gain even more.
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US exporting a ‘tidal wave’ of gasoline, other fuels

Fuel Fix -- U.S. refiners are sending a “tidal wave” of gasoline, diesel and other refined products onto the world market, taking advantage of the surge in domestic oil development that has helped drive Gulf Coast crude stockpiles to record levels, according to a new report.

The jump in domestic oil supplies means the U.S. is on track to become a net exporter of gasoline — producing more than it needs — next year, said Wakefield, Mass.-based ESAI Energy in an analysis released Thursday.

The supplies keep prices low enough that refiners can benefit from “healthy margins” between their raw materials costs and the prices they get for final products, ESAI said.Ultimately, ESAI predicts the average U.S. output of nearly 8.9 million barrels per day of gasoline in 2015 will be more than enough to supply U  (go to article)

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GM's recalled Cobalt was a failure from the start

CNN Money -- The Chevrolet Cobalt, the car at the center of the General Motors recall crisis, was a losing bet from the start.

The automaker never really wanted to build the compact sedan, and it showed. Critics and car buyers alike reacted with little enthusiasm for the vehicle.

"They couldn't stop making them," said Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer, "but they stopped caring about doing a good job on them."

GM now admits it should have fixed a faulty ignition switch in the Cobalt and similar models a decade ago when it was first discovered. At least 13 deaths have been tied to the problem, which can shut off the cars when they're on the road.  (go to article)

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Who Needs Keys? This Siri Hack can Unlock Your Car

NBC News -- Apple’s Siri is handy for checking weather and making appointments with voice commands, but what if she were smart enough to turn the lights on or unlock your car? That’s what the folks behind GoogolPlex had in mind, as they’ve developed a unique Siri hack that makes the voice assistant compatible with third-party apps and connected home devices.

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W. Pa. gas prices inch higher

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Western Pennsylvania gas prices rose 1 cent, to $3.66 a gallon, this week, according to AAA East Central. The average price a year ago was $3.636 per gallon.

Today’s national average price at the pump is $3.64 per gallon. That is 6 cents more than one week ago, 13 cents more than one month ago and 12 cents more per gallon than the same date last year.
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New GM's talk is getting old

DETROIT NEWS -- General Motors Co.’s campaign to prove it’s new is making it look pretty old — and using the world’s largest media market to do it.

Behind the glitz of new metal at this week’s New York Auto Show, or the improving results in that automotive black hole also known as European operations, or the evanescent novelty of being led by the first woman to head a global automaker, is a GM struggling to match what it’s doing with what it’s saying.

The largest automaker’s chance to show it “gets it” by doing the right thing and honoring claims for Cobalt accidents that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy is falling short. It knew of the problems, tied to 13 deaths, as far back as 2001; it replaced the faulty ignition switch in its parts bin, but declined to issue a recall.
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Internal Combustion Microengine Has a Twist

Design News -- As devices become smaller in size, so too must their power sources.

In today’s world, we now have engines about the size of a softball that power some of the military’s drones. Model helicopters, airplanes, and remote-controlled vehicles feature incredibly powerful combustion engines to propel them in the air and on the ground. However, could they be made smaller to power devices on a micro-scale?

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The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy

The Week -- In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill, known as S.B. 1456, will specifically target those who install power generation systems on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. However, those who already have such renewable systems installed will not be affected.

Still, it’s the new customers who will rapidly make up the majority, even in a traditional oil-and-gas powerhouse like Oklahoma. That’s because the cost of solar power systems has be  (go to article)

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Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill

Reuters -- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses on stilts, says he has not found a single oyster alive in his leases in the area since the leak and relies on an onshore oyster nursery to make a living.

He and others in the southern U.S. state say compensation has been paid unevenly and lawyers have taken big cuts.

The British oil major has paid out billions of dollars in compensation under a settlement experts say is unprecedented in its breadth.

Some claimants are satisfied, but others are irate that BP is now challenging aspects of the settlemen  (go to article)

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T. Boone Pickens teams up with Wyoming firm to make, promote natural gas engines

The Dallas Morning News -- CASPER, Wyo. — T. Boone Pickens is teaming up with a family-run Wyoming business hoping to become the largest maker of natural gas engines for drilling rigs.

The Texas oil tycoon’s energy hedge fund, BP Capital, is partnering with Casper-based Moser Energy Systems to create a new company — Mesa Natural Gas Solutions. Moser will continue making the engines and Pickens’ fund will promote them. Pickens joined Moser executives in announcing the joint venture Wednesday at its new building in Evansville, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Moser’s engines convert raw natural gas from oil drilling sites into fuel for the engines, eliminating the need to haul diesel to remote sites that don’t have electricity.
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Ohio DOT begins 936 road projects across the state

GasBuddy Blog -- April is the official kickoff of the highway construction season, and in Ohio that means 936 separate projects begin across the state, costing a combined $2.5 billion.

Cuyahoga County has the lion's share of investment in ODOT's three-county District 12, with $690 million in construction, a number that includes both new Inner Belt bridges.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, some $65 million in Lake County construction includes a major repaving project on Interstate 90. In Geauga County, ODOT is spending $29 million on four road resurfacing jobs, one minor road rehabilitation and one culvert project.

Locally, motorists will see work begin or resume on:

-- A $6.7 million resurfacing of Triskett...  (go to article)

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America's tire mountains: 90 percent are gone, thanks to recycling programs

mnn.com -- Once we had 2 billion tires scattered around the U.S. landscape, but now 90 percent of the piles are gone. Ground rubber from tires is becoming roadways, playground equipment and auto floor mats.

Tires. We don’t think about them all that much unless a) we have a flat; b) we have to buy new ones; or c) the summer tires just aren’t cutting it in the winter, or vice versa. But tires are a big deal in the environment, because we produce — and discard — so many of them. In 2009, the most recent year available, we generated 296 million scrap tires, with passenger cars accounting for 189 million of them.

The good news is that we’re “repurposing” 80 percent of our scrap tires today. Remember the famous tire mountains? Well, they’re mostly gone now. According to Michael Blumenthal, vice presiden
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Study Chides U.S. Over Loan Default by Solar Business

N.Y. Times -- Long before the Energy Department lost $68 million on Abound Solar, a manufacturer that went bankrupt two years ago, it should have known that the company’s chance of repaying the loan it had guaranteed was deteriorating, according to a report by the department’s inspector general.

The damning report was issued as the Obama administration prepared to offer as much as $8 billion in additional loan guarantees.

The loan guarantee program has been a magnet for criticism since the failure of Solyndra in 2011; that company took $528 million in loans guaranteed by the Energy Department.

The new report, released on Thursday, focused on loan guarantees extended to Abound Solar, which was initially offered $400 million. When the company missed several production milestones, the department cut off  (go to article)

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Fermi 2 goes offline indefinitely

Energy Central -- DTE Energy took its Fermi 2 nuclear plant in northern Monroe County offline today for an indefinite amount of time.

The utility said it needs to replace one of the plant's two main transformers.

Guy Cerullo, DTE spokesman, said the faulty transformer "was not working correctly after restart following the recent refueling outage."

The plant's reactor was shut down in February for normal refueling, a process that happens at nuclear plants once every 18 to 24 months.

The frequency depends on the uranium in each plant's reactor fuel.

Problems kept operators from bringing Fermi 2 back to full power after restart.

So DTE officials chose to shut down the plant and replace the malfunctioning transformer.

Transformers are in a nonnuclear part of the plant, separate from the...  (go to article)

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Historic irony? Iran to splash $20 billion on joint oil fields with Iraq

Al Bawaba -- Iran will invest over $20 billion in development of the oil fields it shares with Iraq, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

Iran’s Oil Ministry is planning to increase oil extraction from joint oilfields with Iraq by one million barrels per day (bpd) in the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21, 2014.

Iran shares oil and gas fields with most of its neighbors, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, as well as Oman and Turkmenistan.

Iran shares Yadavaran, Azadegan, and Azar oilfields with Iraq.

Based on studies, there are 23 joint hydrocarbon fields between Iran and Iraq which are divided into exploration, development and production categories.

On April 6, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Iran’s crude oil output is forecast to increase by about...
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VW recalls 26,000 '14 cars for fire risks

The Detroit News -- Volkswagen AG said it will recall 26,452 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat cars with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. VW told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid, which could come in contact with a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.

The automaker said it first had a report of leaking fluid in a car that arrived at a port on March 14. VW said it is unaware of any crashes or fires related to the issue.

VW dealers stopped sales on April 8 as the company investigated the issue.  (go to article)

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How A Drop of Seawater on Graphene Generates Electricity

IFLS Newsletter -- Researchers in China have created electricity by dragging a drop of seawater across a strip of graphene -- the insanely conductive, super thin, wonder material.



Ever since the early 19th century, scientists have known that an electric potential can be generated by simply driving an ionic liquid -- fluids with charged ions in it, like water or sodium chloride solution -- through channels or holes under a pressure gradient. The latest in hydroelectric power involves generating voltage by immersing carbon nanotubes in flowing liquids. But scientists have never quite figured out exactly how this happens -- and generating electricity without a pressure gradient remains a challenge.



Now, Wanlin Guo and colleagues from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics produced a few mi  (go to article)

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Here’s How Toyota Made Its Engines More Efficient [Video]

AutoEvolution -- As you may have heard, Toyota just revealed two new thermal efficient gasoline engines. They don’t exceed a capacity bigger than 1.3-liters but the automaker said they are 10 percent more fuel efficient and almost as fuel efficient as hybrid powertrains. But how did the engineers made this possible?

First of all, Toyota wanted its engineers to work and communicate in harmony, so the company raised a whole new building called The Unit Center. Here, engineers were assigned with one single task - improve their engines’ thermal efficiency.

If you’re new to mechanics, thermal efficiency means how efficient an engine can use the gasoline its being fed with to power the car. Each drop of gasoline has contains a certain amount of energy it can set free by burning in an engine cylinder.

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Updated Looks, Updated Tech From Chevy and Ford

Reviewed.com -- Both Chevrolet and Ford debuted new looks for their compact sedans at the New York International Auto Show. While the cosmetic changes aren't radical, some new in-car technology is worth a look.  (go to article)

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BP, the petroleum giant, has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil it spilled this we

http://www.latimes.com/ -- BP, the petroleum giant, has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil it spilled this week into Lake Michigan, a source of drinking water for some 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs.
On Monday, BP reported the spill into the lake from its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana. The U.S. Coast Guard and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have been at the site and have been involved in the cleanup.
“Any time you get any type of chemical in land or water, no one wants to see it,” Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf, a spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times. “We can’t say for certain, but the danger seems pretty low.”
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Exclusive: GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

Yahoo News - Reuters -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

Safety advocates and engineers say the lack of testing for this factor undermines GM's claims that the cars are safe. As early as 2004, GM engineers complained that the ignition switch could be turned off if the key was bumped by a knee.

A Texas judge on Thursday allowed the unrepaired cars to stay on the road, over the objection of safety advocates and plaintiffs lawyers who said there is no way, short of repairs, to ensure the ignition switch would not slip out of the run position, turning of  (go to article)

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GM sticking to marketing game plan despite recall crisis

FREEP -- General Motors, under siege for the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, will not change the strategy for selling its current lineup of new cars and trucks.

The recall, which began in February and was expanded last month, is the company’s largest crisis since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

While GM’s U.S. market share has declined 2.3% for the first three months of this year, it’s too early to say that the recall is hurting sales of its newest models. GM’s sales rose 4% in March from a year earlier, well above analysts’ expectations and better than Ford’s 3.3% increase.

Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating how early GM learned of the flawed ignition switches and why there was....  (go to article)

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Will Texas Ship Crude to California?

Rigzone -- In September 2013, Texas produced its highest monthly rate of natural resources on record – pumping 2.7 million barrels of crude per day, the highest average of oil output in over 32 years, according to data from the EIA. With this excess crude, Texas might become a supplier of oil to California if the trade is profitable.

Once an oil exporter, the Golden State now depends on imports for more than 60 percent of its oil supply. About a quarter of California’s imports are from Alaska, with the rest coming from the Middle East and Ecuador.

However, because of California’s history as an oil producing and exporting province, its refining industry was originally built to process local crudes. The state’s refineries have evolved from processing California oil to processing a mix of California  (go to article)

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