Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

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The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a nation.

Farmer-owned cooperative CHS investing $406M in Montana refinery to boost diesel production

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Debertin said when all current Montana and Kansas refinery projects are complete in 2019, total CHS refining capacity will increase by as much as 33% from 120,000 barrels per day to an estimated 160,000 barrels per day. CHS Inc., a leading farmer-owned cooperative in the US and a global energy, grains and foods company, will invest $406 million in its Laurel, Mont.,

Denbury poised to begin construction on Greencore CO2 pipeline for EOR operations in Wyoming and Montana

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Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) company, will soon begin construction on the Greencore Pipeline —a 232-mile, 20-inch pipeline through Wyoming to Montana that will move CO 2 to mature and depleted oil fields in both states for EOR. Billings Gazette. Denbury Resources, a CO 2.

Crude release from pipeline into Yellowstone River in Montana

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On Saturday, an as yet undetermined amount of crude oil was released into the Yellowstone River in Montana from an ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo) pipeline. According to a statement from ExxonMobil, the release originated from a 12” crude pipeline operated by EMPCo that runs from Silver Tip, MT to Billings, MT. The pipeline has been shutdown and the segment where the release occurred has been isolated. All appropriate state and federal authorities have been alerted.

MSU moves forward with DOE-backed CO2 storage project in northern Montana

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Schematic illustration of carbon capture and storage at Kevin Dome in Montana. Led by Montana State University, the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (BSCSP) is one of seven partnerships involved in the US Department of Energy’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program.

Biomass-to-Gasoline Company Considering Additional Plant in Montana

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a Canadian biofuel company that is commercializing a biomass-to-gasoline production process, will pursue an additional production facility to be possibly located in northwest Montana. Don Sigler, Chief Financial Officer and resident of Whitefish, Montana. Current estimates there are more than 40 million acres of beetle killed timber in British Columbia and the infestation has affected over 5 million acres in Montana. (In CORE BioFuel Inc.,

Montana May Adopt California Vehicle GHG Emission Standards

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A bill currently under consideration in the Montana State Senate ( SB 180 ) would establish greenhouse gases as regulated air pollutants under the Clean Air Act of Montana and adopt the California vehicle GHG emission standards (Pavley). The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) would be required to ensure vehicles comply with the standards.

Univ. of Montana launches partnership with Blue Marble for commercial products from algal biomass

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Two geoscience faculty members at The University of Montana (UM) have started a partnership with Blue Marble Biomaterials to produce commercial products from algal biomass. Blank said the diverse collection of patent-pending cyanobacterial and microalgal strains they work with derive from a number of regional waters, including Puget Sound, Washington’s Soap Lake, and local rivers and lakes in Montana.

Cloud Peak Energy and Crow Tribe reach tentative agreement for up to 1.4B tons of in-place coal in Montana

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billion tons of in-place Northern Powder River Basin coal on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeast Montana. Cloud Peak Energy Inc., one of the largest US coal producers, and the Crow Tribe of Indians reached tentative agreements regarding exploration rights and exclusive options to lease and develop up to an estimated 1.4 An earlier Crow Tribe project with Australian-American Energy Co. to build a coal-to-liquids plant ( earlier post ) had foundered.

Montana State Univ. Researchers Discover Chemical Trigger that Doubles the Yield of Algal Lipids

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Montana State University (MSU) researchers have discovered a chemical trigger they say doubles the yield of algal lipids for biodiesel from farmed algae. The chemical trigger is a well-timed dose of bicarbonate, a low-cost, easy-to-use chemical, similar to common stomach antacids. The results were presented on the first day of the recent Algal Biomass Summit in Phoenix, Ariz.

Quantum Energy and Bilfinger Westcon partner to develop multiple refineries in the North Dakota-Montana Bakken formation

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Quantum Energy, Inc. entered into a strategic alliance with Bilfinger Westcon Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bilfinger SE (Germany), for the development of up to 5 diesel refinery projects throughout the Bakken Formation. Bilfinger Westcon is currently constructing a diesel refinery project in Dickinson, North Dakota expected to be completed around the end of this year. The partners will seek to develop energy centers that will each include a 20,000 barrel per day (bpd) diesel refinery.

Montana State University researchers develop protein to increase oil yield in oilseed crops by up to 40%

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Montana State University researchers have developed a. protein that can be expressed in oilseed crops to increase the oil yield by as much as 40%. technology has been demonstrated in corn and soybeans and is expected to work for a broad range of. oilseed plants used for biodiesel. Seed oil content increases are induced by puroindoline genes which promote increased seed size and. weight.

The Sad States of Global Warming & Their Sorry Senators

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Hey, Max Baucus and Jon Tester in Montana – Do either of you US Senators have a clue on climate change? Tags: Environmental Politics carbon producers climate change environment Senator Dorgan Senator Baucus North Dakota Maine Montana Senator Tester Senator Conrad Senator Stowe Senator Collins Senator Boxer Senator Feinstein

Saskatchewan and Montana Partner on Major Carbon Capture and Storage Project

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to work together on the development of one of the largest international carbon capture and storage demonstration projects to date. Development of a North American training facility to meet the needs of a growing CCS industry and regulators, based primarily at the University of Regina and Montana State University.

Tesla and its fans lash out at critics: commentary

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Known as Montana Skeptic, he wrote 138 articles over three years on the stock-tip website Seeking Alpha. One of the most vocal critics of electric-car maker Tesla appears to have been silenced. On Tuesday, he published what he says will be his final article after he claims Elon Musk called his employer and threatened to sue Skeptic over his

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General Motors makes huge investment in Brazil

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Transmission Losses: Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline breaks, Yellowstone River fouled

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The break near Billings in south-central Montana led to temporary evacuations of hundreds of residents along a 20-mile stretch. The timing couldn't be worse," said Steve Knecht, chief of operations for Montana Disaster and Emergency Services. Tiny compared to the Gulf spill (remember that?,) it warrants only page A-9 of the SF Chronicle.

US State Department issues Presidential Permit to TransCanada for Keystone XL

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The permit authorizes TransCanada to construct, to connect, to operate, and to maintain pipeline facilities at the US-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil. The proposed Keystone XL project consists of a 875-mile (1,408 km) pipeline and related facilities to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana. County and local permites in Montana and South Dakota.

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin. The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations.

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TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; Trump wants permitting determination in 60 days

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The proposed Keystone XL project consists of a 875-mile (1,408 km) pipeline and related facilities to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana. The pipeline would cross the US border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast Area.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. expanding cleanup operations in Yellowstone River

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ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPC) said it is expanding its clean up operation following a release of an estimated 750–1,000 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana from the company’s Silvertip pipeline. Montana refining.

ZAF Energy Systems opens NiZn battery manufacturing production plant in Missouri

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The existing facility in Montana will continue to serve as ZAF’s research and development hub. ZAF will begin staffing the new facility by transferring five current employees from its Montana location and then hiring 20 new employees to work alongside them by the end of 2017. ZAF Energy Systems Inc. ( ZAF ) has opened a new production facility in Joplin, Missouri, dedicated to manufacturing its initial line of rechargeable nickel zinc (NiZn) batteries.

PHEV's and Water Consumption

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The number varies greatly, but the ConocoPhillips refinery in Billings, Montana processes 62,000 bbls of crude oil , or 2.6 I n our last post on Blowback , we observed and opined that any movement forward exerts a force in the opposite direction, and that it is natural.

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US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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At 5.5%, traffic in the West—a 13-state region stretching from California to Montana, and including Hawaii and Alaska—led the nation with the largest%age increase in unadjusted VMT, and continued an uninterrupted series of monthly increases that began in October 2013.

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Western Governors pledge to create electric vehicle charging network

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The governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to create a unified regional electric vehicle plan to allow electric vehicles to recharge and travel easily along the 5,000 miles of freeways in the western region.

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Electric transit bus maker Proterra enters university market with order from ASUM

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Battery-electric transit bus manufacturer Proterra has entered the university market with its first order from the Associated Students of the University of Montana ( ASUM ) Transportation for two Proterra 40-foot Catalyst Fast Charge buses and one semi-autonomous fast charger for its UDASH routes.

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Car Giveaways. Who Likes ‘em Green?

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Ted’s Montana Grill. From what I can tell, it doesn’t matter if you live in Montana or another state that isn’t Montana - you can register to win this (wait for it…… ) 2009 Toyota Prius! Want to win a new car or sport utility?

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Wood to jet fuel alliance to hold first annual meeting

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Jon Tester of Montana will deliver a video greeting, followed by opening remarks from City of Missoula Mayor John Engen and U.S. NARA is an alliance of researchers, educators and economists from universities, businesses, and non-governmental and governmental institutions dedicated to help create a sustainable residual woody biomass to biojet fuel and value added co-products industry in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana region.

BuG ReMeDEE project seeks to use extremophile bacteria to convert methane to biofuels, biopolymers and electricity

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Establish a consortium for sustained collaborations among university partners in South Dakota, Montana, and Oklahoma in the field of methane regulation in extreme environments. The project involves a collaborative consortium of three institutions (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Montana State University and University of Oklahoma).

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EIA: Permian region expected to drive US crude oil production growth through 2019

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Although the Bakken region is geographically large, spanning approximately 200,000 square miles in North Dakota and Montana, it contains fewer identified producing formations and is significantly more affected by winter weather than the Permian.

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New USGS oil and gas assessment for Bakken and Three Forks formations boosts estimates of recoverable oil two-fold, natural gas three-fold

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The geological foundation that underpins the assessment was facilitated by data provided by the North Dakota Geological Survey, North Dakota Industrial Commission, Montana Board of Oil and Gas, and multiple industry groups working in this region.

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NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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Montana Nanotechnology Facility, Montana State University with partner Carlton College, PI: David Dickensheets. To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; alternative Nebraska route not yet determined

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TransCanada Corporation has submitted a new Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State (DOS) for the Keystone XL Pipeline from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. The application includes the already reviewed route in Montana and South Dakota; TransCanada will supplement its new application with an alternative route in Nebraska as soon as that route is selected.

Study finds high sodium bicarbonate concentrations in water from coal-bed natural gas production harms aquatic life; water treatment can mitigate effects

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Produced water from coal-bed natural gas (CBNG) production may contain sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO 3 ) at concentrations that can harm aquatic life, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; the Bureau of Land Management and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The study area included the Tongue and Powder Rivers in Montana and Wyoming, where several types of experiments and assessments were used for 13 aquatic species.

EIA: new drilling technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

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The Powder River Basin encompasses more than 43,000 square miles and is located primarily in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana, along with small areas of South Dakota and Nebraska.

EIA forecasts Bakken oil production will top 1M barrels per day next month; >10% of US oil production

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The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) next month. The update appears in the most recent issue of the US Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The Bakken region now accounts for a little over 10% of total U.S.

BNSF expands Bakken oil rail transport capacity to 1M barrels per day; overcoming shortage of pipeline capacity

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BNSF Railway (BNSF) has increased capacity in 2012 to enable the railroad to haul one million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. BNSF connects to 16 of the top 19 oil producing counties in Central and Western North Dakota, and five of the six oil producing counties in Eastern Montana. BNSF is investing $197 million in 2012 on projects in North Dakota and Montana.

Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful products

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The team included researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom‘s University of Portsmouth. Cytochrome P450s are some of the most versatile enzymes on the planet. These proteins are found in the human body and are involved in many metabolic pathways, including metabolizing potentially toxic compounds.

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US new light-duty diesel sales dropped slightly in 2016 to 280,000 units from 300,000 in 2015

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Smaller population Western states had the overall highest percentage of diesel passenger vehicles led by Wyoming (11%), Montana (8%) and Idaho (7.5%). The US added more than 280,000 new diesel passenger vehicles across the country in 2016, with Texas, California and Florida having the highest numbers of diesel vehicles, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive (December 2016).

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Opinion: The Dark Side Of The Shale Bust

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The effort is a direct response to the rise in crime in North Dakota and Montana, which has been fueled by “dramatic influxes in the population as well as serious crimes, including the importation of pure methamphetamine from Mexico and multi-million dollar fraud and environmental crimes.”.

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USGS to update Bakken Formation oil assessment based on new geological information; potential for greater recovery

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The US Geological Survey will update its 2008 estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the US portion of the Bakken Formation, an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana.

US State Department to hold 6 additional public meetings on Keystone XL oil sands pipeline

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Keystone XL is a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from the US-Canadian border in Montana, through Cushing, Oklahoma, to refineries on the US Gulf Coast. During the first 30 days of this 90-day review period, the State Department plans to host public meetings in each of the five states through which the proposed pipeline would pass, namely Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Blue Marble Biomaterials completes site purchase for large commercial biorefinery

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facility in Missoula, Montana. Blue Marble Biomaterials, a specialty biochemical manufacturer ( earlier post ), has closed on the purchase of the former GTC Oats Inc. The site, previously a wet extraction processing plant for the creation of food ingredients, will become Blue Marble’s first large-scale commercial biorefinery. Blue Marble uses novel bacterial consortia to produce specialty biochemicals from the anaerobic fermentation of a range of biomass feedstocks.