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01/24/2015Ill Misses Fracking Boom Due to Falling Oil Prices

Jan. 24--Lyle Weber paid off a sizable chunk of his son's college loan three years ago with money he got from an oil company intending to drill on his farmland. "You get this oil lease check, and all of a sudden you think, 'I deserve one of these things every day,'" said Weber, 55, a corn and soybean farmer in Gallatin County near the Kentucky border. Weber won't say how large his check was, ...
01/22/2015OSHA Fines Contractors for Construction Death in Kansas City

Jan. 22--Two construction companies were fined a total of $535,000 on Wednesday after a 22-year-old apprentice ironworker fell to his death in Kansas City last summer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the companies failed to provide fall protection for the worker, who was killed July 25 at a work site in the 3500 block of East 149th Street. The worker, who was not ...
01/21/2015Kansas City Power & Light to Stop Using Coal at Some Generating Units

Jan. 21--Kansas City Power & Light, facing tougher environmental regulations, plans to curb its use of coal to generate electricity. The utility said Tuesday that generating units at its Montrose, Sibley and Lake Road power plants will be shuttered or converted to use natural gas starting in 2016. The affected units generate about 700 megawatts of power, which amounts to a nearly 19 percent ...
01/21/2015Chicago Mayor to Unveil Ordinance Transferring Parkland for Obama Library

Jan. 21--Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday will introduce an ordinance to transfer at least 20 acres of public parkland to the city if President Barack Obama decides to build his library and museum in either Washington Park or Jackson Park on the South Side, according to a source close to the process. The move, designed to strengthen the University of Chicago's bid to place the library in one of ...
01/15/2015Pacific Market Still Strong for Coal

Jan. 15--Oil markets may be in the tank, but there's another fossil fuel people often forget where the market situation is quite different: Coal. Demand for coal used in power generation is soaring on world markets, up 300 percent since 2000. However, the supply of coal has kept up with demand, so prices are soft, although nothing like what is being seen in crude oil. Despite that, potential ...
01/15/2015BlueCrest, WesPac Ink Deal to Develop Alaska's Cosmo

Jan. 15--BlueCrest Energy plans to resume drilling at the Cosmopolitan oil and gas deposit near Anchor Point this summer, BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a Memorandum of Terms with WesPac Midstream LLC to help finance development of gas resources at Cosmopolitan oil. BlueCrest will move a land drill rig to an onshore pad this spring to ...
01/16/2015$148M Innovation Center Opens in Detroit

Jan. 16--In a cavernous Corktown building that had been cleaned up so much that the speakers joked that they couldn't find it, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute opened an innovation center. The $148-million pubic-private partnership is part of a national network of research institutions and industrial companies seeking to speed up the pace of moving ...
01/16/2015Chicago Mayor Looks to Build Consensus on Obama Library

Jan. 16--Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said he would soon meet with representatives from the Chicago Park District, the University of Chicago and the foundation charged with finding a location for Barack Obama's presidential library to "come up with a consensus of what we do next." Two community meetings were held this week where opponents said transferring 20-plus acres to the foundation to ...
01/15/2015Federal Conservation Money to Help Mich. Projects

Jan. 15--WASHINGTON -- Nearly $40 million in federal funds will go to projects across Michigan and the Great Lakes region to improve water quality, protect forest habitat and minimize soil erosion under grants announced this morning by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's office. The funding -- which will be matched with local funds -- is part of $370 million for more than 100 grants expected to be ...
01/14/2015Wis. Selects Developer for Massive Transportation Building Project

Jan. 14--Gov. Scott Walker's administration has selected a developer for the massive Hill Farms redevelopment project in Madison, but won't release the group's identity during contract negotiations. Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch told the State Building Commission on Wednesday that a selection committee had winnowed four finalists down to one and that he had approved negotiating with ...
01/11/2015Creativity and Hope: How St. Louis Will Fund $985M Football Stadium

Jan. 11--ST. LOUIS -- As new details emerged Saturday on plans for a sparkling downtown football stadium, two things became clear: The financing plan suggested by Gov. Jay Nixon's two-man team could work, analysts and insiders said. It's been done before. But that's not the hard part. Now stadium advocates need to pin down details, experts said. They need to secure funding. They need a ...
01/12/2015Mich Gov. Signs Road Bills Tied to May Vote

Jan. 12--LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed a 10-bill package Monday that's tied to a May ballot initiative for a sales tax hike to boost road and school funding, but conceded he has work to do to sell the plan to voters. Snyder signed the bills surrounded by lawmakers, public safety officials and some representatives of the school and business communities. Notably absent were groups such as ...
01/09/20152 Ill. Democrats Join Republicans in Backing Keystone Pipeline

Jan. 09--WASHINGTON -- Two House Democrats from Illinois, Dan Lipinski of Western Springs and Cheri Bustos of East Moline, joined all the House Republicans from the state in voting Friday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill passed 266-153, which is less than the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a threatened veto by President Barack Obama. ...
01/12/2015Milwaukee Bucks Gaining Support From Business Execs. for New Stadium

Jan. 12--There is no site yet for the proposed downtown arena, let alone a design concept. There isn't a financing plan, either, or details on plans for additional commercial and residential development. Yet Milwaukee Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan have managed to nail down a crucial component in their drive to build a new arena: the support of powerful and prominent ...
01/12/2015$150M Project Will Cut Pollution From Wis. Coal Plant

Jan. 12--State regulators approved a project that will reduce pollution from one of Wisconsin's largest coal-fired power plants, at a cost of $150 million. The state Public Service Commission voted to endorse the plan proposed by three state utilities to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at the Columbia power plant near Portage. In a filing, the utilities said the project positions the power ...
01/08/2015Construction Still Strong on Alaska's North Slope, Despite Oil Price Plunge

Jan. 08--It's a seeming paradox: Oil prices are still sliding as North Slope crude closed at about $55 per barrel Jan. 6, but this year's winter construction season is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever. Industry employment, the most reliable indicator of activity, set new records in October and November, according to data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. ...
01/09/2015Exelon: Company Dismantling Ill. Nuclear Plant Running Out of Money

Jan. 09--The company dismantling the closed Zion nuclear plant on Lake Michigan is running out of money to finish the job, according to the site's owner, Chicago-based Exelon. The project, paid for with $800 million collected from state electric ratepayers over decades, is being closely watched by nuclear plant owners around the country who hope to replicate the arrangement. It was the first ...
01/11/2015Wis. Pipeline Expansion, Larger Than Keystone, Drawing Skeptics

Jan. 11--A major expansion of Enbridge Energy oil pipeline capacity would quietly send more tar sands crude through Wisconsin than the higher profile Keystone XL line is designed to carry on its route a few hundred miles west. Enbridge, already the top importer of heavy crude being extracted from western Canada, plans to send about half of that flow through its Line 61, a 42-inch pipe that ...
01/07/2015Ill. Plan Would Help Nuclear Plants by Punishing Carbon-based Providers

Jan. 07--Illinois governmental agencies Wednesday issued reports proposing ways to prop up Exelon's ailing nuclear power plants. The agencies suggested Chicago-based Exelon's financially struggling nuclear plants could be kept open by favoring Exelon because it creates electricity without producing greenhouse gases. The policy would punish competitors who use carbon-based fuels that produce ...
01/07/2015The University of Chicago Proposes Site for Obama Presidential Library

Jan. 07--The University of Chicago is proposing that the Obama presidential library be built on about 20 acres of South Side parkland, either in Washington or Jackson parks, according to the university. The information, released Tuesday, was privately submitted last month to the president and first lady. Since then, pressure has built from library planners who are hoping to avoid any real ...
01/05/2015Flawed Concrete Found on Detroit Metro Airport Runway

Jan. 05--The $225-million runway that Detroit Metro Airport added in 2001 was expected to last for 30 years, but cracks and flaws in the concrete that started to show just three years after it opened have posed risks to safety and are forcing a costly reconstruction. It's just one example of an epidemic of road and other projects with weak concrete failing before its time in Michigan and ...
01/03/2015Mich. Nuke Plant Reports 2-month Oil Leak into Lake Michigan

Jan. 03--An oil cooling system on the turbine of a southwest Michigan nuclear power plant leaked oil into Lake Michigan for about two months, according to plant officials. Officials with the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant near Bridgman reported the leak to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as state and local authorities, on Dec. 20, according to an event notification posted on the ...
01/02/2015Detroit's Cobo Center Readies for Debut

Jan. 02--When visitors to the North American International Auto Show arrive this month, they'll see a lot of changes in Cobo Center as Detroit's convention center goes through the finishing touches of its multiyear, $279-million expansion and upgrade. Cobo -- with its new spacious and open look and expansive view of the riverfront -- has already been winning new convention and meeting business ...
01/04/2015Detroit Metro Airport Needs to Rebuild Runway

Jan. 04--The $225-million runway that Detroit Metro Airport added in 2001 was expected to last for 30 years, but cracks and flaws in the concrete that started to show just three years after it opened have posed risks to safety and are forcing a costly reconstruction. It's just one example of an epidemic of road and other projects with weak concrete failing before its time in Michigan and ...
12/31/2014Alaska's Producing Mines Keep Plugging, But New Mines Stuck

Dec. 31--Alaska's miners are doing okay, at least those with producing mines. That trend seems likely to continue into the new year. But developers of new mines seem to be stuck, bogged down by a poor global investment climate in mining, and that seems likely to continue as well. It's an irony, because the experience at the Red Dog Mine north of Kotzebue, Greens Creek mine near Juneau, and the ...

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