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  1. UK operators reducing offshore discharges, emissions

    Offshore staff LONDON – Discharges to sea and emissions to the air by the UK’s oil and gas industry have fallen steadily over the past 15 years, according to Oil & Gas UK ’s Environment Report 2016. Last year the UK offshore industry increased production for the first time in 15 years, which led to a slight rise in the mass of production chemicals discharged and produced water  volumes, as well as emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. However, the proportion of the rise was not as great as the production upturn. The average oil in water concentration in the UK’s produced water last year was less than half the recommended limit set by the OSPAR Commission, the report added. Last year the UK had its smallest mass to date of accidental oil released to the marine environment, representing less than 0.00002% of the 82 MM metric tons of oil equivalent produced. There was a slight rise in the mass of chemicals released last year, although almost half was the result of three incidents. The overall mass of chemicals accidentally released between 2010 and 2015 was down 65%, the report found. Carbon dioxide emissions from offshore oil and gas production contributed just over 3% of the UK’s total CO 2 emissions in 2015, the same as in 2014. Waste materials being returned to shore from offshore did increase, although this was partly due to the current downturn, as much of the waste came from sludges, liquids, and tank washings from mobile drilling rigs being taken off hire. Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “Despite the UK continental shelf being a mature basin with technically challenging production, the overall trend for the last 15 years is downwards for discharges, emissions, and accidental releases. Put simply, we are using the same amount of chemicals and emitting less CO 2 in the production of more oil and gas.” 12/01/2016

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  2. Maryland seeks emissions cuts from out-of-state coal-fired power plants

    The petition includes data that ostensibly shows that these power plants have stopped running their pollution controls effectively

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  3. Maryland Seeks Emissions Cuts From a Long List of Out-of-State Coal Plants

    The petition, filed under Section 126 of the federal Clean Air Act, asks that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency require 36 power plant units in the upwind states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) to run their air pollution controls to reduce emissions. 

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  4. Oil Refining: Fire dept. says sulfur dioxide emitted from Colorado plant

    A refinery near Denver sent plumes of orange and black smoke into the air Friday after a power failure shut the plant down, leading authorities to tell people within a 1.5 mile radius of the Suncor Energy, Inc. plant to remain indoors.

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    Mon, 17 Oct 2016

  1. Don’t rush to regulate, API officials urge Obama administration

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

  2. U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to EPA's sulfur dioxide limits

    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal on an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting sulfur dioxide (SO 2 )  in the air to 75 parts per billion over one hour.

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    Wed, 23 Jan 2013

  3. Court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

    The Supreme Court has delayed implementation until the legal challenges are resolved

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  4. Study finds reservoirs produce about 1.3% of total greenhouse gas emissions

    The world’s reservoirs produce about 1.3% of all greenhouse gases produced by humans, according to researchers at Washington State University.

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

  5. Indiana Michigan Power Asks Regulators for Additional Emission Controls

    I&M filed the plans with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Previously, the IURC approved I&M’s plans for SCR emission controls Rockport's Unit 1.

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    Mon, 24 Oct 2016

  6. Indiana Michigan Power seeks approval for SCR at Rockport 2 coal unit

    SCR for Unit 1 had already been approved

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    Mon, 24 Oct 2016

  7. Another Air Quality Project Breaks Ground at Columbia Energy Center

    Alliant, along with Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas and Electric, plan to install a selective catalytic reduction system at Unit 2 at a cost of $110 million. Construction will last through the end of 2018.

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    Thu, 13 Oct 2016

  8. House panel asks whether new EPA methane emissions rules are needed

    A US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology was divided along party lines over whether the Environmental Protection Agency’s new oil and gas methane emissions rules are clearly necessary or simply a solution in search of a problem. Witnesses also offered conflicting assessments at the ...

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

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