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BP Alaska Unit to Face Fresh Civil Complaint

The US government has brought BP’s troubled US operations back to the fore, filing a civil complaint against its Alaska operation, alleging violations of federal clean air and water laws in 2006.

The complaint, filed jointly by the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, follows a settlement the authorities agreed to in 2007 on criminal charges against the UK oil major.

Source: Financial Times

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Ethanol Plant Explores Using City Wastewater

The city of Winnebago, MN discharges a minimum of about 350,000 gallons of treated wastewater into the Blue Earth River each day. The ethanol plant just east of town uses up to 350,000 gallons of fresh groundwater daily to produce its fuel.

The ethanol industry is facing criticism for the growing amounts of water it is sucking out aquifers across the Upper Midwest.

Source: Agweek

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Houston Chronicle: Now It's Time for Texas to Develop Solar Power Industry

Texans have never been afraid to take advantage of an opportunity — particularly when it comes to energy.

Over the decades, Texans have relied on private enterprise — coupled with a supportive hand from state government — to develop the state’s wealth of energy resources: oil and gas, coal, nuclear power and, over the last decade, wind.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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Aramco, Sumitomo to Expand Petro Rabigh Facility

Saudi Aramco reported it plans to sign an agreement with Sumitomo Chemical Co. to develop Phase 2 of its refinery and chemicals complex in the port city of Rabigh on the Red Sea.

Aramco Pres. and Chief Executive Khalid A. Al-Falih said his firm would "soon" sign a memorandum of understanding with Sumitomo to further develop the $10 billion Petro Rabigh complex.

Source: Oil & Gas Journal

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NMSU Working on Project to Use Wastewater on Landscapes

New Mexico State University wants to change unusable wastewater into water that can be used on lawns and landscapes.

Using so-called gray water from dishwashers or bathroom sinks and showers could reduce water use and make it easier for homeowners to grow plants that clean the air.

Source: Associated Press

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