NorthStar Group Services, which wants to buy Entergy's closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vermont, has adjusted financial, administrative and regulatory measures in its proposal to address concerns the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has mentioned. The NRC has asked NorthStar for more information to make sure there are adequate funds for decommissioning the plant.
North Korean news agency KCNA reported that the country dismantled the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the openings to tunnels where testing was performed are entirely closed off. The process did not result in any radioactive contamination, KCNA said.
Royal Dutch Shell has found oil in a well about 21 kilometers from the Appomattox deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Thursday. The Dover well discovery, the company's sixth in the Gulf's Norphlet region, is southeast of New Orleans and about 274 kilometers off the coast.
A survey shows oil and natural gas companies are slow to adopt internet of things technology because of difficulties connecting to networks in remote areas and integrating the technology with current platforms, says Gary Bray, energy director at Inmarsat Enterprise. Energy companies should focus on using satellite communications to solve connection problems, he says.
Mubadala Petroleum, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Gazprom Neft said Thursday they'll work together to develop oilfields in Omsk and Tomsk in Siberia. The fields, operated by Gazpromneft-Vostok, contain an estimated 300 million barrels of proven and probable reserves, the companies say.
China National Offshore Oil says production at the Kingfisher oilfield in Uganda likely will begin in 2021. The Chinese oil company, which is developing the field for partners Total and Tullow Oil, plans to make a final investment decision later this year, said Likun Kuang, CNOOC Uganda's finance manager.
Scientists used seismic techniques to estimate how much of the seafloor at mid-ocean ridges is made up of non-melted material rising from the Earth's mantle. The ridges mostly are formed by magmatic material emerging from the gaps between tectonic plates, but researchers found that up to 25% of the seabed in the spreading center of the Caribbean's Cayman Trough is created without volcanism.
The Commerce Department is investigating whether imports of motor vehicles pose a national-security threat and should be subject to tariffs that could add thousands of dollars to the purchase price. Republicans have criticized the effort, which is being conducted under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act.
The American Chemistry Council supports the Environmental Protection Agency's approach to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water, says ACC's Jessica Bowman. "We want to make sure that EPA does take into consideration that there is a significant variation in the substances that all fall within this class of chemistry, and they don't all require risk-based regulation," Bowman said.