• Chesapeake school to use wind power

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — It'll be slightly taller than the High-Rise Bridge and Mount Trashmore. A wind turbine will rise near the towering trees and open land around Grassfield High School in the western part of the city. School division officials hope to have the turbine running by the end of July near the school athletic complex. They anticipate that it will help power the concession area at the football stadium and reduce the division's energy bill. They also see the turbine as a valuable way for students to study the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Grassfield is home to a STEM academy.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission gets ready for public input on wind, solar issues

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Staff at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are finalizing details on a proposed notice of inquiry to gather public comments on industrial wind farm developments. The meetings also will include suggestions on how to establish a new customer class for electric utilities for users of rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Opponents of Jamestown power line win Va. hearing

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Opponents of high-rise transmission towers within sight of the shores of Jamestown are pressing their case with the Virginia Supreme Court. The court has granted a hearing by several groups opposed to the Dominion Virginia Power line over the James River. Justices will hear an appeal of state utility regulators' approval of the transmission line. The Army Corps of Engineers has yet to issue permits for the power line. The line would be strung from towers that would rise nearly 300 feet from the James River. Preservation and conservation groups have opposed the transmission line, arguing they would be a visual blight from the shores of Jamestown, which was settled 400 years ago.

  • Nebraska's Cooper nuke plant celebrates 40th year

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) — The Cooper nuclear plant in southeast Nebraska recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Nebraska Public Power District, which owns the plant near Brownville, said Cooper plays an important role in supplying electricity to the state. NPPD Chief Nuclear Officer Oscar Limpias praised Cooper as one of the safest boiling water nuclear plants in the country. Cooper also provided electricity without contributing to greenhouse gas pollution, so NPPD can say that 40 percent of its power comes from carbon-free sources. Cooper employs about 700 people and can generate 810 megawatts of electricity. It is licensed to continue operating at least through January 2034.

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields were the latest land grabs by Kurds, who have responded to the Sunni militant insurgency that has overrun large parts of Iraq by seizing territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north. Those moves have infuriated al-Maliki's government while stoking independence sentiment among the Kurds.

  • Inventor promotes solar panels for roads, highways

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Panels are tough enough to withstand weight of vehicles, inclement weather, designer says. Storage of electricity remains a challenge, however.

  • Oklahoma City investors form partnership to buy assets of Crumbs Bake Shop

    BY DON MECOY, Business Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Dippin’ Dots owners form joint venture to buy company out of bankruptcy.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for July 12

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $97.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $85.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted June 24: COMPLETION Garfield: Longfellow Energy LP; Markes No. 12-M1H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 01-20N-06W; 103 barrels oil per day, 39,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,650. Grant: Fairway Resources Operating LLC; Lebeda No. 1-12H Well; S1/2 S1/2 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 12-28N-06W; 555 barrels oil per day, 1,134,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 9,950. Fairway Resources Operating LLC; Schultz No. 1-35H Well; NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 35-28N-06W; 48 barrels oil per day, 457,000 cu-ft gas per

  • Strong quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast Saturday near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami. At least one person was injured and a small tsunami was triggered, but no damage was reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima. The 4:22 a.m. (1922 GMT Friday) quake shook buildings in Tokyo, about 250 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of the epicenter. A 20-centimeter (8-inch) tsunami reached the coast of Ishinomaki Ayukawa and Ofunato about 50 minutes after the quake. Smaller waves were observed at several other locations along the coast, but changes to the shoreline were not visible on telev

  • Oklahoma may reverse course on oil train shipment disclosures

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    After previously determining information should be withheld about trains carrying oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation, Oklahoma officials want to revise confidentiality agreements they signed with the railroads.

  • Pipeline breach renews call for more monitoring

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly. State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines. "This is a serious problem that has become almost a weekly occurrence and we've got to do something," Anderson said. The measure failed 86-4 after encountering resistance from oil companies that argued the additional monitoring would be too expensive.

  • Oil and gas regulator chairman makes fracking plea

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The head of the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas is asking officials of Denton in North Texas to withhold support from a grass-roots petition advocating a ban on hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. The university town sits on the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S. Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, called the measure "essentially a ban on drilling" that is "extremely misguided," in a letter Thursday addressed to Denton Mayor Chris Watts and the City Council. "If other cities were to follow your lead, then we could potentially, one day, see a ban on drilling" in Texas, Smitherman wrote.

  • University of Oklahoma researchers enhance heating, air condition systems' efficiency

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 21 hr ago

    OU researcher Li Song has developed a low-cost method to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

  • Locals object to plan for Pavillion water reports

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People dealing with polluted groundwater in the Pavillion area have objected that a gas developer can review and comment on two state investigations involving the contamination before the public is allowed to see the reports. Representatives of Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens filed a state records request Thursday seeking the draft reports. They say Wyoming law doesn't provide for Pavillion gas field owner Encana to review the reports before the general public. "We believe that the state is obligated by law to release any reports or documents to the public and the Pavillion Area Working Group at the same time they are released to Encana and the EPA," John Fenton and Jeff Locker of the citizens group

  • US rig count rose 1 to 1,875

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,875. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Thursday that 1,563 rigs were exploring for oil and 311 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,759 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas gained two rigs each. North Dakota, Ohio and Wyoming each gained a rig. Oklahoma lost 11 rigs, while California and West Virginia lost one each. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had unchanged rig counts. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

  • Bill Cosby voices support for pipeline protesters

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline. The couple, who own hundreds of acres of protected land in Shelburne Falls, about 100 miles west of Boston, have been opposed to the pipeline since the company notified them last winter of plans to survey their land. Through a spokesman, the couple said it was "astounding" that New England's six governors support the proposal, which they said shows "disrespect for humans, flora and fauna." Supporters of the $3.75 billion Northeast Pipeline Extension Project say it will provide clean-burning natural gas to the Northeast U.S.

  • Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority when it instituted two measures under the Clean Water Act that address damage from surface mining. Under a process set up in 2009, EPA began screening mining permit applications made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiating discussions with the Corps on proposed mining projects that EPA considered likely to damage navigable waters. In 2011, the EPA recommended that states impose mor

  • Report drives soybean prices near 4-year low

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Soybean contracts sank to their lowest price in almost four years after a government report bolstered expectations for ample supplies. In a report out Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that this season's soybean harvest could reach a record 3.8 billion bushels, which is 165 million bushels higher than its estimate last month. Soybeans sank 18 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $10.75 a bushel. That's the lowest settlement price for soybeans since October 2010, according to the data provider FactSet. The USDA's report also projected big harvests and stockpiles of corn and wheat. Corn slipped 8 cents, or 2 percent, to $3.85 a bushel, while wheat lost 23 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $5.26 a bushel.

  • Md. recommends tight restrictions on gas drilling

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — State regulators on Friday recommended some of the nation's tightest restrictions on shale gas drilling, aimed partly at protecting drinking water from being contaminated by methane leaking from drill sites in western Maryland. The "best practices" recommended by the departments of the environment and natural resources include a general, 2,000-foot buffer between hydraulic-fracturing drill rigs and private water wells. That's twice the distance Maryland currently requires between gas wells and private water wells, and a bigger setback than any other state mandates, said Brigid Kenney, a senior policy adviser with the Department of the Environment.

  • CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — This week, candidates have been busy introducing legislation and laying out their campaign platforms. Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important developments in Montana's election campaigns: BILLIONS FOR COAL: Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh, who is trying to keep the seat he was appointed to earlier this year, gave a lukewarm reception to President Barack Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Now he wants the federal government to spend at least $10 billion over the next decade on new coal technologies. Walsh says climate change is man-made and must be addressed, but in a way that preserves Montana's coal industry.