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'Temporary Fix' Slows Sewage Spill into Bay

Contractors in wetsuits spent hours Wednesday digging a pit next to a ruptured steel pipeline at a sewage treatment plant near the Sausalito shoreline in hopes of stopping a leak that has spewed about 500,000 gallons of foul-smelling waste into San Francisco Bay.

At low tide, they attached a custom-made collar in an attempt to stop the torrent of raw and partially treated sewage, which was gushing out of a roughly 2 1/2-inch diameter hole in the larger pipe at a rate of up to 300 gallons a minute.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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EPA to Reconsider Emissions Ruling Article

The Obama administration said Tuesday it will reconsider the question of whether carbon dioxide emissions should be a factor when the Environmental Protection Agency grants permits for power plants, refineries and other facilities, in a partial victory for environmental groups that want the agency to enforce tougher curbs on greenhouse gases.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson's decision doesn't change current rules, but it raises the possibility that the Obama administration could move in the future to officially regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Alaska Hopes to Reignite Interest In Pipeline Plan

Alaska will be urging the oil and gas industry to invest in its large pool of natural gas, in spite of the downturn, to push forward a long-held plan for a $30bn pipeline to carry the energy to the rest of the US.

Next year the two companies proposing to build pipelines out of Alaska, TransCanada and Denali – a company owned by BP and ConocoPhillips – will open bidding to secure customer commitments to use their competing pipeline projects.

Source: Financial Times

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Abu Dhabi to Develop Petrochemicals Giant

Abu Dhabi has officially launched the company that will oversee the development of the world’s largest petrochemicals complex, the first phase of which is expected to cost up to $20 billion, the state news agency, WAM, reported.

The emirate is on a drive to diversify its economy away from its dependence on oil, which includes establishing complimentary industries and ancillary services.

Source: The National

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