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Oil Giants Reach $425 Million Air Pollution Settlement

Subsidiaries of oil refiners Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining have agreed to pay $425 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations and reduce air pollution at six refineries. Under the settlement with the EPA and the US Department of Justice, the two companies will spend about $403 million to … Read more »

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Business Groups Attack Oil & Gas Flaring Rule

A new rule to reduce methane emissions by limiting venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on federal lands would “deprive manufacturers and other energy consumers of critical energy supplies, increase operating costs and threaten international competitiveness,” according to several business associations including the National Association of Manufacturers and … Read more »

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Methane Emissions Rule Targets Oil & Gas Flaring

A new rule to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas has been proposed by the US Interior Department today. The methane emissions proposal would limit venting, flaring and leaking from oil and gas operations on public and American Indian lands. It would also “provide a fair return on public resources … Read more »

ElectraTherm

Flaring Alternative Reduces Emissions in Oil & Gas, Wastewater Treatment, Landfills

ElectraTherm says is new technology offers an emissions-reducing flaring alternative for oil and gas, wastewater treatment and landfills. The distributed, waste heat to power generation company completed a project in the Bakken oil field demonstrating how its Power+ Generator reduces flaring while generating low-emission electricity. ElectraTherm partnered with the Environmentally … Read more »

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Flaring Leads to Increased GHGs for Shell

Royal Dutch Shell, in its 2014 Sustainability Report, says it saw improved environmental performance in most areas; however, flaring led to an increase in the company’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. Direct GHG emissions from facilities went up 4 percent, from 63 million metric tons of CO2 in 2013 to 76 … Read more »

GE Oil & Gas

GE, Statoil Team Up to Reduce Industry’s Environmental Impact

General Electric and Statoil have teamed up to develop more environmentally and economically sustainable technologies for oil and shale gas production that also reduce emissions. This program is aimed at driving an industrial response to some of the biggest challenges facing global oil and gas production, including flaring, CO2 and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards Inquiry, Water Rights Act, Duke Coal Ash

The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced an investigation into the EPA’s carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants. Republicans on the committee asked Gina McCarthy for information, particularly on how the agency approached the issue of carbon capture technology, The Hill reports. The Waterkeeper Alliance says it has photos showing that Duke … Read more »

Statoil, GE Try to Replace Flaring with Fueling

Statoil is trying to turn flaring losses into an opportunity. Statoil is working with General Electric in North Dakota’s Bakken oil field on a low-cost prototype to strip natural gas liquids, including butane and propane, out of the gas currently flared from oil operations, the New York Times reports. These … Read more »