Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

Power Source By The Associated Press GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The two rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, the railroad said. Thursday’s accident in a rural area south of the […]

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CMU set to save millions in energy costs annually

Power Source By Daniel Moore Carnegie Mellon University announced a plan today to shave energy costs by $2 million annually across more than three dozen buildings on its Oakland campus by improving efficiency with a cloud-based analytics system. In a partnership with IBM Corp., the university hopes to more quickly identify and correct inefficiencies in […]

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The Crisis In Energy Education

Forbes Alex Epstein In this series I will be exploring the dangerous lack of energy education in the United States, particularly about the indispensable benefits provided by fossil fuel energy—the subject of my book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. This week I focus on the lack of education within the fossil fuel industry. In […]

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Three Reasons Why US Shale Isn’t Going Anywhere

Oil Price By Thomas Miller Have you ever noticed that during extreme economic cycles, when trends are roaring on the upside, or conversely crashing back down to earth, there often appears an air of extremism in news headlines? Take America’s most recent shale oil boom, and bust, for example. On the way up, you may […]

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Solar jobs in Pennsylvania lag behind national figures

Power Source By Daniel Moore Supporters of solar energy have plenty to cheer about following a recent report on employment in the U.S. solar industry. In 2014, the industry added 31,000 solar jobs to bring employment to an all-time high of 173,807 nationwide, according to an annual census conducted by The Solar Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based solar research […]

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Train derailment could affect 183,000 in Pittsburgh, study says

Power Source By Daniel Moore More than 183,000 Pittsburgh residents — and 3.9 million Pennsylvanians — could be forced to leave their homes if a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, according to a statewide study released Monday by a partnership of environmental nonprofits. The report coincides with a second report from a local investigative […]

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Rail safety is a central issue for central PA

Lebanon Daily News Feb. 16, 2015: Nineteen rail cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed 30 miles from Charleston, W. Va. The oil ignited and sent a fireball hundreds of feet into the air. Hundreds were evacuated, and several homes damaged or destroyed. Miraculously, there were no serious injuries or deaths. The derailment comes as regulatory […]

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Shale Players To Shop For More Efficient Technology

Oil Online By Oil Online Press Recent years have seen marked advancement of the shale gas industry largely in part to key enabling technologies in shale gas extraction. This includes hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, microseismic monitoring technologies, information and communication technologies, and produced water technologies. Powered by these technologies, the shale gas industry has managed to […]

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