Biofuel may be produced from roadside weed

Researchers from Nevada think they may be able to produce diesel fuel from gumweed. Nevada scientists believe that curlycup gumweed, a common roadside weed that grows across much of Nevada’s high desert, may be ideal for producing biofuel. More specifically, the researchers think that they are close to producing diesel fuel and may even one day be able to produce jet fuel from the plant, reported the Associated Press. Very little water is needed to grow gumweed. Back in the 1980’s, a University of Nevada researcher and mining engineer, Darrell…

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New report discovers some permitted fracking chemicals are more dangerous than diesel

Not all dangerous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations need to be disclosed. A recent report – “Fracking’s Toxic Loophole” – that was released by the Environmental Integrity Project, describes how there is a major loophole in the regulations that govern fracking because while permits are required for diesel fuel if it is used in wells, other petroleum-based products that have higher toxicity levels than diesel, can be used without permits or safeguards. It is common practice for hydrofracturing operations to use hazardous petroleum-based chemicals. Even though companies are still…

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