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Some Oil Recovered From Broken Pipeline After River Spill

January 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to extract because of a thick layer of ice.

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Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The proposed standards announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

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Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

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Obama: U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberthreats Without New Steps

January 21, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is warning that the U.S. and its economy will be left vulnerable unless Congress acts to prevent hacking. Obama is calling for cybersecurity legislation in his State of the Union address. He says no foreign nation or...

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EPA Adds Restrictions To Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 21, 2015 9:18 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace. The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight...

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2 Groups Back Away From Plan On NM Power Plant

January 21, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two of the half-dozen organizations that endorsed a utility's plan to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico are pulling out. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Renewable Energy Industries Association...

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NAM: President’s Call For Pro-Trade Policies Promising Sign For Manufacturers

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight: “Manufacturers powered the American resurgence the President hailed tonight. Manufacturing...

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Baker Hughes To Lay Off 7,000 Workers, Planning For Downturn

January 21, 2015 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000-plus workers Baker Hughes says...

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 20, 2015 11:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California, company...

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 20, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Last week, Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil drilling services company, announced 9,000...

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Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

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Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

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Tyson Foods To Pay $539K For Spill In Southwest MO

January 20, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge...

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Canada Threatens To Block Project Over U.S. Steel Requirements

January 20, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | Comments

The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The project is on Canadian soil that is leased by the state in British Columbia. The port at Prince Rupert is part...

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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence In Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies. Texas-based Schlumberger, the largest oil drilling services company in the world, today announced the $1.7 billion agreement...

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Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

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All Systems Ready For Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Product Design & Development | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

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From Car Lots To City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Henry Jackson, The Associated Press | Comments

Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected...

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AK Faces Lean Budget Times As Oil Prices Plunge

January 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | Comments

After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. When lawmakers left Juneau last April, the price of North Slope crude, Alaska's economic...

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BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The company responsible for the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history is currently facing the Clean Water Act's largest civil penalty. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment...

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