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  1. Oil and Gas: Environmental groups seek to defend federal methane rule

        CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands. Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota are pressing a federal lawsuit in Wyoming seeking to block a rule that President Barack Obama's administration issued in November requiring certain companies to capture natural gas instead of burning it off. The states argue that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks authority over air quality issues and claim the rule would reduce state revenues. "The BLM is once again overstepping its bounds and imposing unnecessary regulations," Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said in a statement last month. "Congress has delegated regulation of air pollution to the states and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not BLM. Wyoming has successfully regulated air pollution emissions from oil and gas activities for over 20 years and has effective limitations on venting and flaring of natural gas." Fifteen groups including national environmental organizations are asking U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Wyoming to allow them to intervene to support the BLM rule. He hasn't ruled yet on the request. The following groups are petitioning to intervene in the case: Wyoming Outdoor Council; Center for Biological Diversity; Citizens for a Healthy Community; Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment; Environmental Defense Fund; Environmental Law & Policy Center; Montana Environmental Information Center; National Wildlife Federation; Natural Resources Defense Council; San Juan Citizens Alliance; Sierra Club; The Wilderness Society; Western Organization of Resource Councils; Wilderness Workshop; and WildEarth Guardians. Energy companies frequently "flare," or burn off, large volumes of natural gas at drilling sites because it makes less money than oil. The new rule requires energy companies that drill on nearly 250 million acres of federal lands to capture natural gas. Federal officials have said that between 2009 and 2014, enough natural gas was lost through venting, flaring and leaks to power more than 5 million homes for a year. Capturing the gas instead of burning it also would generate tens of millions a year in additional federal revenues, they said. Laura King is staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center in Helena, Montana, which represents several of the groups. "Currently the oil and gas industry releases methane into the sky, burns it off unused, and loses it through leaky infrastructure," King said Tuesday. "These industry norms create a public health liability, waste a public resource reduce royalty income for taxpayers and exacerbate climate change." King said the rule would require the industry to tidy up their operations using existing affordable technology, creating jobs in the process. "The public benefits of the rule are clear," she said. Skavdahl has set a hearing for Jan. 6 on a request from Wyoming and Montana for a court order blocking the rule. North Dakota filed another, similar request for an injunction on Monday. Republican President-elect Donald Trump has said he will seek to sharply increase oil and gas drilling on federal lands. He said on the campaign trail that restrictions supported by Obama hurt energy-producing states. But although Trump could rescind the rule once he takes office next month, doing so would likely take months. King said it's unclear what's going to happen with the rule once Trump takes office. "We're moving one step at a time," she said. "I'd say that our intervention is an extension of the role that we've played for years, of advocating for these readily available methane waste prevention measures that will protect public health and the environment."  

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  2. Coal News: 7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

    Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, authorities said Wednesday.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Fuel Tech receives air pollution control contracts worth $3.6Mn

    Fuel Tech Inc. has received multiple air pollution control (APC) contracts, worth approximately $3.6 million, from customers in China, Europe and the U.S.

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    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

  4. 22B air pollution control market predicted

    More than $22 billion will be spent on air pollution control systems, parts and services between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1997, according to The McIlvaine Co.`s Air Pollution Management Report. The report predicts the Americas segment will spend $6.4 billion, the Europe-CIS-Africa segment will ...

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    Fri, 1 Nov 1996

  1. ADA-ES to supply coal-fired emission control systems

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    Fri, 8 Mar 2013

  2. Fuel Tech receives $2.5 million in air pollution control orders in China

    Fuel Tech has received four air pollution control contracts from existing customers in China with a total value of around $2.5 million, the company announced.

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    Thu, 3 Oct 2013

  3. Contract awarded for air pollution control equipment

    Clyde Bergemann Power Group Americas, a unit of Clyde Bergemann Power Group, was awarded a $180 million contract for air pollution control equipment for an unnamed U.S. utility.

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    Fri, 17 Aug 2012

  4. Oil and Gas: Slawson Exploration to resolve ND air pollution claims

    Slawson Exploration Company Inc. has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company's oil and gas production activities in North Dakota including on an American Indian reservation, federal officials said Thursday.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  5. ALSTOM wins air pollution control systems orders for a combined order value of over 85 million Euro

    ALSTOM has recently won a series of orders to supply, deliver and install air pollution control systems in various industry applications and countries around the world.

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    Fri, 19 Mar 2004

  6. Alstom wins two orders for air pollution control systems in France for over €230m

    Alstom has won two separate orders to supply air pollution control systems for power plants in France with a combined order value in excess of €230m ($284m). The orders have been awarded by Electricité de France (EDF) and LA SNET, an independent power producer owned by Endesa, EDF and Charbonnages ...

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    Fri, 2 Apr 2004

  7. Coal News: 11 trapped in China's latest coal mine accident

    A gas explosion has trapped 11 Chinese coal miners underground, in the latest in a string of deadly accidents striking the industry after 53 miners were killed in two similar blasts last week.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  8. Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control Inc. acquired by Aquila Power Services Corp.

    Aquila Power Services Corp., announced recently the acquisition of Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control Inc.

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    Mon, 12 Aug 2002

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