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U.S. Refining May Drop by a Quarter on Climate Bill, API Says

U.S. refining production may drop by a quarter by 2030, making the nation more dependent on fuel imports, if the climate-change legislation approved by the House becomes law, the American Petroleum Institute said.

 

The Washington-based group, whose members include Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips, released a study today it commissioned on the legislation approved in June by the House.

 

Source: Bloomberg

 

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Methane Powers Wastewater Treatment Plant

A ceremony Monday marked the groundbreaking of a $46 million water reclamation plant. Roxanne Rountree at the Eastern Municipal Water District project site explains that chemical energy is converted to an alternative gas producing electricity.

 

Source: Inland News Today (CA)

 

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Micromidas Sees Goldmine in Converting Wastewater to Bioplastic

Midcromidas, Inc. has turned its green eye on wastewater, and it is seeing gold. The company has developed a strain of microbes that can convert the carbon in wastewater into PHA (polyhydroxylalkanoate), a high performance plastic. PHA biodegrades quickly in compost piles and landfills, but otherwise it behaves the same or better than conventional petroleum-based plastic.

 

Source: Matter Network

 

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Oil Industry Details Costs of Climate Bill

Proposed federal legislation aimed at curbing global warming would drastically reduce domestic fuel production, according to a new study commissioned by the oil industry as part of its campaign to oppose new restrictions.

 

The report's findings, which are expected to be released Monday, project that by 2030, U.S. refining production could drop 17% from today's levels if the climate bill is passed as currently proposed.

 

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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S. Dakota OKs Permit for New Refinery Construction

The South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment on Thursday granted Dallas-based Hyperion LLC a permit to build a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery, which would be the first new refinery built in the United States since 1976, the company said in a statement.

 

Opponents to the plant have up to 30 days to decide on an appeal through state courts in South Dakota, according to a report on the Rapid City Journal website.

 

Source: Reuters

 

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