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BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to...

Oil firm invested billions of pounds in clean and low-carbon energy in the 80s and 90s but later abandoned meaningful efforts to move away from fossil fuels and locked away the research BP pumped billions of pounds into low-carbon technology and green energy over a number of decades but gradually retired the programme to focus almost exclusively on its fossil fuel business, the Guardian has established. At one stage the...

Halliburton swings to 1Q loss on “unpreceden...

Company says industry will remain “challenged” and can’t say how long the downturn will last. Halliburton Inc. HAL swung to a steep loss in the first quarter of the year as the U.S. oil industry cut back drilling in response to lower prices. The oilfield services company said that “North America experienced an unprecedented decline in drilling activity during the first quarter, which drove pricing pressure and...

Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eas...

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States. Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit state recently, according to the USGS study released Thursday. The state last year had more earthquakes magnitude 3 or higher than California, part of a huge increase recorded in recent years. Seismic activity in Texas near the...

Oklahoma Geology Group Links Earthquakes to Oil Wa...

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations. Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling...

Spill at injection well threatened water supply ne...

Residents in Vienna Township relied on bottled water for a week WARREN Local officials are seeking answers after a chemical spill at an injection well facility threated a northeast Ohio township’s water supply. Inspectors earlier this month traced a chemical spill in Vienna Township to a Kleese Development Associates facility, which operates five saltwater injection wells. Residents in the township near Warren relied on...

Athens County Fracking Action Network appeals K�...

Athens County Fracking Action Network has appealed the recent permitting of the K&H#3 injection well, the third to be drilled on the Torch, Ohio, site owned by Jeff Harper of West Virginia. The latest Athens County radioactive frack waste injection well was permitted last month by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, under Governor John Kasich, in spite of hundreds of appeals from Athens County residents as well as local...

It’s A Silent Rooftop Turbine Which Could Produce ...

Small wind turbines scaled to the right size for residential and urban areas have so far lived in the shadows of their larger wind-farm-sized counterparts. The power output has been too low for a reasonable return on investment through energy savings and the noise they produce is louder than most homeowners can deal with. A Dutch renewable energy start-up called The Archimedes is working to solve both of those problems in a...

The arrival of man-made earthquakes.

In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen’s seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game between the Sooners and the Texas A. & M. Aggies. The plan was to see if the students could, by reading the instruments, detect the rumble of eighty-two thousand fans cheering for a touchdown. “To see if they can figure out if a...