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Untreated Overflow

In affluent and poor communities alike, untreated sewage overflows into streams as many as 30 times a day across Alabama. Improvements to wastewater utilities usually only follow a problem, including a trip to the hospital after a summer swim.

Flashback: Gulf Drilling Vigorous after Disaster

Drilling activity hardly blinked at the environmental disaster of the BP spill. After a modest 18-month decline in Gulf production, there began a steady rise that has continued through 2018.

Energen Corp. Bought for a Premium, $9.2 Billion

Diamondback Energy Inc., based in Midland, Texas, on August 14 agreed to buy Energen Corp. for $9.2 billion.

Pumping Oil, Fighting Raiders

Energen Corp. is feasting on a chunk of assets that could surpass Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar Field as the largest oil field in the world. The company also is being circled by some hungry activist investors.

Petroleum Company Discovers Liquidity in U.K.

Fast growing Diversified Gas & Oil pulls its petroleum from venerable fields in Appalachia and went public a year ago on a London exchange.

Black Gold

More than six decades of oil and gas production in Alabama extends from Huntsville to the Gulf of Mexico.

Coconut Purveyor Marx Brothers Goes Solar

Marx Brothers Inc., a Birmingham company that imports and distributes coconut products, recently installed a rooftop solar system that can generate 35 percent of the company’s annual energy requirements.

State Water Plan Stalled

ABOVE Roy McCauley, of the Alabama Pulp and Paper Council, worries that a state water plan might put an unnecessary layer...

A Straight Up Wager on Coal

Looking for a pure play in metallurgical coal? Alabama’s Warrior Met Coal is the only one you’ll find. Question is: How many are willing to bet on coal?

Renewable Energy Waste Conversion

Recycling human waste into fertilizer may seem like an indelicate topic for polite society, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Like most...

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Not Making the Grade

Big chunks of Alabama’s infrastructure rate the kind of report card you didn’t want to take home to your parents.

Movers & Shapers, September 2018

Spotlight on Pike, Barbour & Bullock Counties

Surviving and Thriving in Dog-Eat-Dog E-Commerce

Veterinary Internet ships vet supplies to 38 states and four continents, makes swift adaptations in IT, inventory and marketplaces, and stays a nip ahead of Amazon.

Decatur Students Get Hands on Lunar Rover

Students from areas including design drafting, machine tool and welding will work on the project through the end of the fall semester.

Roads and Politics

A permanent solution for dried up road funding includes a gasoline tax increase. But the spark of public support is essential.