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Short-Term Energy, Winter Fuels Outlook

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell from $95/barrel (bbl) on October 1 to $84/bbl at the end of the month.  The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand growth, the return to the market of previously disrupted Libyan crude oil production, and...

Pesticide Company Fined $10K Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators in Oregon have levied fines totaling $16,000 for gross negligence in the deaths of some 1,000 bees killed by pesticides sprayed on flowering trees at a Eugene apartment complex last June. The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it...

Jamaica Signs Deal To Search For Offshore Oil, Gas

November 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jamaica's petroleum firm has signed an agreement with a British oil company, clearing the way for oil and gas exploration in offshore blocks south of the island. The "production sharing agreement" was signed with London-headquartered Tullow Oil, which has a 100...

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Six Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 10, 2014 5:33 pm | by Danielle Iera, Marketing Coordinator, TPC Wire & Cable Corp | Articles | Comments

Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the companies that ...

USDA Approves GMO Potato

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals. Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. developed the potato, and it was approved by the...

Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks

November 10, 2014 2:19 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and...

Showdown Looms As CA Discusses Pesticides

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the...

OH County Holds Off On Fracking Due To Low Oil Prices

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in northeast Ohio say drilling in shale deposits is on hold due to decreasing oil prices.The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports that although geographic studies have shown there are large shale deposits throughout Ashtabula county, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is...

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Shell Takes On NM County Over Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first county in the United States to impose an outright ban on oil and gas development could see its controversial ordinance gutted, if not tossed all together, as a federal judge considers the measure's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge James Browning said...

GOP Eager To Move On Keystone XL

November 6, 2014 12:02 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations. Democrats suffered...

TX Leads Nation In New Oil, Natural Gas Jobs

November 6, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

Texas added more than 19,000 new private sector jobs in oil and natural gas production in 2013, almost six times the number in New Mexico, which was the next highest state for oil and natural gas production jobs added last year. The extraction, drilling, and support...

Gas Nationwide Average Sits Under $3 At End Of October

November 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon. "It's stunning what's happening here," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "I'm a little bit shocked." The national average price of gasoline...

Oil Company Lawsuit Bill Deemed Unconstitutional

November 4, 2014 9:18 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Louisiana Legislature's attempt to retroactively kill a flood board's lawsuit against the oil industry over damage to the state's coast is unconstitutional, a state judge ruled late Friday. Judge Janice Clark's decision came a day after two of the smaller players in the suit agreed to...

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ND Tribe To Drill Own Oil Wells

November 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Josh Wood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation is planning to drill the first tribe-owned oil wells on its North Dakota reservation next year. While the 1,300 plus wells currently on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produce roughly a third of North Dakota's daily output, the tribe only receives a fraction of money...

U.S. Oil Rig Count Up To 1,929

October 31, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by two this week to 1,929. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,582 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there...

Exxon Defies Low Oil Price With Refining Strength

October 31, 2014 12:38 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production. Exxon, the biggest U.S. oil company, posted a surprise increase in profit thanks to a 38 percent...

Niche Segments Offer Opportunities For Process Mixing Equipment

October 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

Process mixing is essential in the manufacture of various products in a large number of process industries. Since mixing requires the right amount of technique and technology to achieve its ultimate goal of a homogenous mixture, choosing the right equipment is crucial. As industrial growth intensifies in Europe, rising...

NY Revises Liquefied Gas Facilities Proposal

October 29, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have revised their proposed liquefied natural gas storage rules to include size restrictions in response to public comments. The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed...

Russia, Ukraine Looking For Gas Deliveries Deal

October 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's energy chief is hoping talks between Ukraine and Russia will yield the breakthrough needed to guarantee Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter. After inconclusive talks last week, Wednesday's negotiations...

Williams Partners Expects Plant To Start Producing In November

October 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Williams Partners L.P. today announced it expects its expanded Geismar Olefins plant to begin manufacturing ethylene for sale in November. That timeline is consistent with the financial guidance the partnership provided in July. All major construction related to the...

Chronus To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant In IL

October 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois. Department spokesman David Roeder said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about...

Energy Stocks Fall As Oil Slips Below $80 A Barrel

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil dipped below $80 a barrel Monday, after a major investment bank lowered its forecast for crude prices this year and next. Goldman Sachs analysts now expect U.S. oil prices to be roughly $75 a barrel in 2015, down from their previous forecast of $90 a barrel. Goldman also sees Brent...

S&P 500 Ends With Slight Loss On Oil, Bad News From Europe

October 27, 2014 5:02 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lower oil prices and more gloomy economic news from Europe tugged the U.S. stock market to a slight loss on Monday. Companies whose fortunes tend to follow global economic growth fared the worst, as shares of oil companies and material producers dropped 2 percent. Those industries that depend on the...

Floating Gas Terminal Anchors In Lithuania

October 27, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A giant floating natural gas terminal arrived Monday in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda as the Baltic country tries to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. The South Korean-built 300-meter (984-foot) vessel — the size of an aircraft carrier — will be able to provide 4...

OH Gas Prices Stay Below $3 Per Gallon

October 27, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prices at the gas pumps in Ohio at the start the new work week were well below the $3-per-gallon mark, according to a survey Monday. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.94 in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago and 38 cents lower than last month at this...

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