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.

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.

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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.,

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.

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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.,

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.

Montana Company Licenses Lawrence Livermore Zinc Air Fuel Cell Technology

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Kalispell, Mont.-based based Zinc Air, Inc. ZAI) has obtained exclusive rights from LLNL for the mechanically rechargeable zinc air fuel cell (US Patent 5,434,020) invented by John Cooper, a retired LLNL chemist, who is on the ZAI technical Board of Advisors. The Zinc Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) consumes zinc metal and atmospheric oxygen to produce electricity, and produces a reaction product consisting of a liquid suspension of zinc oxides and potassium zincate in an alkaline electrolyte.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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Researchers find magnetite nanoparticles similar to those from traffic pollution in brain; possible link with Alzheimer’s

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The paper’s authors are Barbara Maher, David Allsop, Vassil Karloukovski and Penny Foulds from Lancaster University; Imad Ahmed from the University of Oxford; Donald MacLaren from the University of Glasgow; David Mann from the University of Manchester; Ricardo Torres-Jardon from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; and Lilian Calderon-Garciduenas from The University of Montana.

US State Department to issue Final EIS on Keystone XL pipeline in August; additional meetings in affected states

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During September, the State Department will also host public meetings in the capitals of each of the six states through which the proposed pipeline would pass—Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas—with an additional meeting in the Sand Hills region in Nebraska and along the Gulf Coast near Port Arthur, Texas.

General Motors makes huge investment in Brazil

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DOE and USDA award $10M to advance biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products

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million, and selections include the University of California-Riverside; the University of Montana; Missoula; the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; the State University of New York; and Pennsylvania State University. The U.S.

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.

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.

New passenger vehicle diesel registrations in US up 11.5%, hybrids up 65% from 2010-2013; diesel 2.5x hybrids

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Wyoming was the state in 2013 with the highest percentage of diesel passenger vehicles (10.8%, 66,362 units), followed by Montana (8.1%, 97,454 units).

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.

Nebraska provides TransCanada with map identifying Sandhills Regions to be avoided in designing alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline

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TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL project is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada also has proposed connecting it to the Bakken oil field in Montana and North Dakota.

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.

US total VMT hits historic high in first half of year; VMT per capita trending upward, but below 2005 peak

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and Montana at 7.5%. US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates show that US driving topped 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015, beating the previous record of 1.5 trillion miles, set in June 2007.

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.

ORNL assessment finds >65 GW of untapped hydropower in US rivers and streams

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The greatest hydropower potential was found in western US states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

$12+M awarded to 4 projects seeking to design crops with ability to fix their own nitrogen; no artificial fertilizers

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Peters, Montana State University; Jean-Michel Ane, University of Wisconsin Madison; Christopher Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Michael Udvardi, Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation; Philip Poole and Giles Oldroyd, John Innes Centre.

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.

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).

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).

California ARB issues feedstock-only pathway for camelina-based fuels under LCFS; zero ILUC emissions results in very low CI fuels

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Camelina is primarily grown in Montana, eastern Washington, the Dakotas, and Alberta, Canada. The California Air Resources Board has issued Sustainable Oils Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Clean Energy Holdings, a feedstock-only pathway for the production of camelina-based fuels under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The feedstock-only CI (carbon intensity) is 7.58 gCO 2 e/MJ.

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.

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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.

PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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The report examined grid conditions in the Northwest Power Pool, which covers Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; many of them home to abundant wind resources and wind energy projects.

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.

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