Environment

Energy Transfer sues Greenpeace over Dakota pipeline

(Reuters) — Energy Transfer Partners LP on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching an "eco-terrorism" campaign aimed at blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline, the center of months of opposition by Native American and green groups.

Diesel still needed to meet climate goals, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Sunday against a swift abandonment of diesel cars after a series of emissions scandals, saying the fuel is still needed if climate change targets are to be met.

ESAI Energy: IMO sulfur content cap will destroy fuel oil demand

In its recent 5-yr outlook on petroleum products, ESAI Energy examines the implementation of the International Marine Organization’s (IMO) 0.5% sulfur content cap on bunker fuels, which is slated to take effect globally in 2020.

German green group to pursue diesel bans as agreed steps inadequate

BERLIN (Reuters) — German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.

UFF to use Neste renewable diesel in its logistics chain

Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced entirely from waste and residues, will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced in UFF's logistics chain. UFF is an organization that recycles clothing for non-profit purposes, and the organization's logistics chain covers the whole of Finland. In collecting clothes for recycling and reuse, UFF clocks up about 800,000 km–900,000 km annually with its own vehicles.

California reviews gasoline vehicles for pollution

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (Reuters) — The California environmental agency that probed Volkswagen AG's diesel vehicles for violating pollution-control rules is now scrutinizing whether some gasoline-powered vehicles are emitting excess pollution, according to a senior official.

Freight train cars burning after derailment in Pennsylvania; residents flee

Hyndman, Pa. (Reuters) — Rail cars carrying gas and sulfur on a CSX Corp freight train skidded off the tracks and burst into flames on Wednesday in a small Pennsylvania town, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes as firefighters fought the blaze.

German ministers and carmakers meet to 'save diesel'

BERLIN (Reuters) — German politicians and car bosses agreed on Wednesday to overhaul engine software on 5.3 MM diesel cars to cut pollution and try to repair the industry's battered reputation.

Revamp fired heaters with a common air-preheating system to increase capacity

Ahamad, S., Vallavanatt, R., Bechtel Corp.

In any process plant, fired heaters are generally considered to be one of the most optimally designed pieces of equipment.

Editorial Comment: Is the industry ready for IMO 2020?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-July, hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals from around the world met in Houston, Texas for Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Petrochemical and Refining Conference (IRPC).