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Kasich vetoes bill with oil, gas property tax exemption expansion

December 29th, 2016

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich vetoed a state senate bill that included an expansion of the state’s exemption from the sales tax of tangible personal property tax directly used in the production of oil and gas that was retroactive to 2010.

EIA: Oil inventory climbed to 486.1 million bbl

December 29th, 2016

US commercial crude oil inventories, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased 600,000 bbl for the week ended Dec. 23 compared with the previous week, the US Energy Information Administration reported.

ExxonMobil finds gas onshore Papua New Guinea

December 29th, 2016

ExxonMobil Corp.’s Muruk-1 well was drilled to 10,630 ft and encountered similar high-quality sandstone reservoirs as in Hides field 13 miles to the southeast. Hides field is the main source of gas for the new Papua New Guinea LNG project.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil for February closes above $54/bbl

December 29th, 2016

Crude oil prices for February delivery rose slightly on the New York and London markets on Dec. 28 pending release of the weekly US oil and product inventory report, scheduled for Dec. 29, which was a day later than normal because of the Christmas holiday.

Fate of Arsenic during Red River Water Infiltration into Aquifers beneath Hanoi, Vietnam

December 29th, 2016

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05065

Aggregation, Sedimentation, Dissolution, and Bioavailability of Quantum Dots in Estuarine Systems

December 29th, 2016

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04475

Molecular and Spectroscopic Characterization of Water Extractable Organic Matter from Thermally Altered Soils Reveal Insight into Disinfection Byproduct Precursors

December 29th, 2016

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05126

Oversimplification of Dissolved Organic Matter Fluorescence Analysis: Potential Pitfalls of Current Methods

December 29th, 2016

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06133

Governments target energy efficiency in climate fight

December 29th, 2016

A new report finds that governments are paying closer attention to energy conservation programmes as part of meeting emissions reduction targets.

The report by The Economist Intelligence Unit cites International Energy Agency research showing that in 2030, energy efficiency will account for 49 per cent of global greenhouse gas reduction.

The report considers efficiency initiatives in five developed countries: the UK, Canada, Germany, France and the US.

The initiatives fall into three main categories: increasing access to information on energy use and ways to reduce it; offering incentives in the form of grants, loans or tax breaks for upgrades; and supporting or directly providing energy-use labelling and ratings systems for products and for buildings.

Gains-sharing deals between building owners and tenants, in which tenants’ energy charges are based on actual use and tenants share some of the costs of upgrades, have proven useful in boosting the energy efficiency of buildings, the research finds. The US ‘energy star’ product labelling scheme has also been successful in saving energy and reducing emissions.

However the report states that while promoting investment in energy efficiency, governments have identified a risk in the ‘rebound effect’, in which consumers – encouraged by greater energy efficiency of appliances – buy more gadgets that drive up their overall energy use.

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Slipping through the Cracks: Why is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Not Funding Extramural Research on Chemicals in Our Environment?

December 29th, 2016

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05877
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