The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold an open forum on safety performance at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Michigan on Tuesday. The plant is under normal oversight, with all recent NRC performance indicators being green.
A hearing will be held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in October for the proposed Crow Butte Resources uranium mine expansion in Crawford, Neb. The expansion is being challenged by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says the NRC.
The small modular reactors that the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems cooperative wants to use for a plant in Idaho could be game-changing, says Edward McGinnis, the U.S. Office of Nuclear Energy's principal deputy assistant secretary. "If we are going to put this much money into something this important, we are going to do everything we can to support this technology," he says.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Japanese regulators are looking to release tritium-contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex into the ocean. This is the only option, says Nuclear Regulation Authority head Toyoshi Fuketa.
Some oil and natural gas operators in the Permian Basin are reducing operating costs and using advanced drilling and completion technologies. Sliding sleeves for liner systems, liner hangers and hydraulic toe sleeves are among the tools touted as leading to production improvements and efficient operations.
Three earthquakes shook the Fiji and Tonga region and two others rattled the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday. The largest quake in the Fiji-Tonga area registered at magnitude 8.2, while the bigger of the two Indonesian quakes had a magnitude of 6.9, the US Geological Survey reports.
Vedanta, which has oil and natural gas operations in India, plans to spend $2.3 billion to increase production from about 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to 300,000 within several years. The company recently bid for 55 blocks at an oil and gas auction in India and could gain up to 40 exploration blocks in India's open-acreage auction.
Chevron and Iraqi state-owned Basra Oil have started to develop some southern Iraq oilfields under an agreement announced in June, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil reports. Chevron will survey and study reservoirs and oil installations and pinpoint ways to improve operations.
Scientists studying Earth's oldest-known rock formation, found in Canada's Acasta River, say it was probably forged at low pressures and at 900 degrees Celsius. The Australian and Chinese researchers say a barrage of meteorites likely increased temperatures to the level needed to develop the 4.02-billion-year-old felsic rock formation.
US tariffs have increased prices on raw materials and other costs for domestic manufacturers, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Many manufacturers say they plan to pass increases on to clients, which could apply upward pressure to inflation, while a New York Fed blog post says tariffs will cause "little or no improvement in the trade deficit."