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UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year 29 March 2018

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

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Pipeline leaks 42,000 gallons of diesel into Indiana river 26 March 2018

Forty-two thousand gallons of diesel spilled from a Marathon Petroleum Corporation pipeline at Posey Creek, Indiana before the leak was detected on March 20, US News & World Report reported. The pipeline was immediately shut off, and workers contained the spill with two booms before it reached the Wabash River....

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US offshore regulator, under spotlight for rule changes, finds serious safety problems in Gulf of Mexico 22 March 2018

In early March, the US Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) sent teams to the Gulf of Mexico last week to inspect giant cranes used in offshore oil and gas operations that are a significant source of accidents. The inspections uncovered a number of issues, some serious....

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US scientists look to bacteria to detect hydrocarbon leaks from pipelines 21 March 2018

Scientists from Mississippi State University (MSU) in the US are looking to develop live sensor systems using electrogenic bacteria which could help identify leakages in oil pipelines in real time, and a larger version of the sensor could be deployed to help clean-up efforts....

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US Department of Homeland Security issues report detailing Russian cyber attacks on critical control systems 20 March 2018

Alert (TA18-074A) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued on March 15, gives details of Russian Government cyber activity targeting energy and other critical infrastructure sectors in the USA. Analysis by DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resulted in the identification of distinct indicators and behaviors related to this activity....

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Alaska state officials say warmer Arctic temperatures depressed oil output 20 March 2018

Production of the Alaska North Slope crude oil has averaged about 518,000 barrels per day (bpd) through the current fiscal year, down from the approximately 533,000 bpd predicted last fall, state Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher told the state Senate’s finance committee on March 19. This was due to warmer than usual conditions, he said, which affected equipment designed to operate at lower temperatures....

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Statoil rebrands to distance itself from oil and gas roots 19 March 2018

Statoil ASA, Norway’s biggest petroleum company, will change its name to Equinor to reflect its move beyond oil and gas production into renewables. The name reflects the starting point for equal, equality and equilibrium, and “nor,” to signal the company’s Norwegian origin, according to Statoil, which is 67% controlled by the government....

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Pipeline company to pay Alabama $3.3 million for 2016 oil spills 16 March 2018

Colonial Pipeline Co will pay $3.3 million to the state of Alabama to cover damages and penalties from an explosion and a spill on its gasoline line in 2016, the state’s attorney general said on March 15....

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Norway employers and unions starts wage talks to avert widespread strikes 14 March 2018

Norwegian employers and labour unions embarked on four weeks’ of wage talks on March 12 to stave off widespread strikes that risk impacting output in western Europe’s biggest crude producer. Unlike most years, in which wages are set on an industry-by-industry basis, the 2018 round rolls a majority of private sector firms into a single negotiation in a bid to resolve a stand-off over pension reform....

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Government orders operator to partially halt Taiwan refinery after blast and fire 14 March 2018

Taiwan’s government has ordered state-run refiner CPC Corp to partially suspend operations at a refinery in the southern city of Kaohsiung after an explosion and fire on March 10 injured three workers. CPC said it would resume full production at the plant by end-March after a review by the government....

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